Bear Paw Cactus
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Succulents and Cacti

Bear Paw Cactus

Welcome to our guide to the Bear Paw Cactus all to you need to know about care and propagation…

Bear Paw Cactus Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Only water when soil is dry all the way down, check it weekly.
Fertilizer:Cactus and succulent fertilizer every 3 weeks in summer.
Soil:A dedicated Succulent Soil.
Humidity:40%.
Temperature:16°C to 30°C (61-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Cotyledon Tomentosa, Bear Paw Succulent, Bear Paw A Cactus.
Common issues:Overwatering.

Introduction

Bear paw succulents (a.k.a bear paw cactus, a.k.a. cotyledon tomentosa) are so-called due to their leaves that look just like bear paws.

See also: Succulent Soil, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, African Milk Tree, Haworthiopsis Fasciata, Snake Plant Care, Agave Desmettiana, Anacampseros Rufescens, Senecio Vitalis, Dracaena Compacta (Dracaena Janet Craig), Tigers Jaw Succulent, Trachyandra Tortilis, Sansevieria Fernwood.

Bear Paw Cactus Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal, but try to avoid direct sunlight.

How Often To Water

Let the soil dry out completely before watering, check it weekly. The leaves will shrink slightly when they are thirsty.

Tip: be careful as they are really easy to over-water, make sure you let the soil dry out completely before watering it again.

Fertilizer

Give them a dedicated cactus and succulent fertilizer every 3 weeks in the summer.

Bear Paw Cactus Soil

Use a cactus and succulent compost. You can even make it better draining by adding more perlite, these plants really like to be well draining. See your guide here on buying one or making your own: Succulent Soil.

When to Repot

Check the roots in spring and pot the plant up a size if they’re getting crowded.

Humidity

40% is fine, they do not need an extra humidity.

Temperature

19-29°C (66-84°F).

How to Propagate

You can propagate bear paw cactus with leaf cuttings. Let them callous over for a few days and when the wounds have healed, put them on a bed of moist (but not wet) soil. Keep it moist and humid and they should root over 2 months or so before they put out new growth.

Bear Paw Succulent Drooping

The main reason they droop is due to lack of water, you might also see the leaves shriveled or thinner. They can also droop down when overwatered, so be careful, you should easily able to tell if the soil is wet or not whether it has been over or under watered.

Is Bear Paw A Cactus?

It is a succulent.

Other Names

Cotyledon Tomentosa, Bear Paw Succulent, Bear Paw A Cactus.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

You can leaf and drooping from overwatering. Make sure you check the soil is dry before watering, especially in the winter.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Succulent Soil, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, African Milk Tree, Haworthiopsis Fasciata, Snake Plant Care.

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