Tending To Your Bear's Paw (Cotyledon Tomentosa)

Bear Paw Leaves

Bear's Paw plants are extremely cute succulents that have bright green hairy leaves with reddish teeth along the edges – resembling the claws of a bear. Awww! These little guys have to be one of our favourite succulents at PlantGirl.

Sunshine And Light

These guys can live happily inside or out. If you place your Bear's Paw inside, pick a bright spot that gets plenty of indirect light.

They are also happy outdoors when they are sitting somewhere nice and shady. Try not to give them too much direct sunlight as it will be too harsh on their little paws.


Bear's Paw is similar to most succulents with watering - they like their roots to be soaked but must be allowed to dry out. Succulents hate to be over watered! Watering once a week is usually safe, and less in the winter months when your plant is dormant.

If you’re ever unsure, just touch the soil. When it is dry to touch then it’s probably ready for a drink. If the soil is wet or damp, leave it for a little while longer.

Propagating The Paw

The best way to propagate your Bear’s Paw is by cuttings. Just cut a stem from the main plant and allow it to callous over for a few days. Then you just place it in some well draining soil and wait for the magic to happen.

Trying to propagate from a leaf is quite difficult and often doesn't work with this little fella. If you want to try it, neatly twist the leaf off the plant and allow it to callous for a few days before placing it on some well draining soil.

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