Cotyledon tomentosa is a sweet little plant that is relatively easy to care for. It likes ample sunlight, but it is a good succulent for those new to growing succulents.
Cotyledon tomentosa will tolerate full sun to partial shade. Ideal conditions for it are 6 hours of sunlight outdoors or a south-facing window inside.
Water when the top of the soil is dry down about 1-2 inches. If possible choose a pot with a drainage hole to allow the water to drain after you add water to the soil.
Hold off on watering in the winter when the plant is dormant. Water it just enough to make sure it does not get shriveled.
A good way to water is the “soak and drain” method. To do this, bring the plant to the sink and give it a good soak, allowing the water to drain out of the drain hole in the bottom of the pot.
Like all succulents, a well draining soil mix is needed since the plant is prone to root rot. You can choose a specially formulated soil for cacti and succulents, or add perlite and coarse sand to ordinary potting soil.
In general succulents like a slightly acidic soil with a pH about 6. The plant seems to do well in a pot that is just one size larger than the root system.
How to fertilize:
Fertilize lightly with a succulent fertilizer once a month in the active growing season. Hold off on fertilizing in the winter months.
The plant’s growing season is spring and fall. There is little growth during the summer and winter months. Bear’s Paw succulent is dormant in the summer and growth is also very slow in the winter months.
Flowers and Foliage:
The leaves of bear’s paw succulent are flat and hairy. Like other succulents, they store water in their plump leaves.
The leaves will grow up to 1.5 inches long with reddish teeth on the ends of the leaves, which are neatly arranged in a row. The plant is relatively fast growing.
New pairs of paws form together as the plant matures. The nature is compact and plump.
The leaves are have a textured finish to them and are hairy and quite fat. Flowers are bell shaped and come in light yellow, pink, and orange to orange-red in color. The plant flowers in spring.