How to Grow Cotyledon Tomentosa | Growing Bear’s Paw in India

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
Sakshi Kasat
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Sakshi Kasat, an indoor gardener and content creator from Indore, India, transitioned from teaching to follow her gardening passion during the pandemic. She's an expert in indoor gardening, with over 150 articles published. Her favorite plant, the Peace Lily, reflects her mission to inspire others. In gardening and writing, she finds pure inspiration and contentment.

Bear’s Paw is a cute little succulent that you can grow indoors. Here are all the details you need on How to Grow Cotyledon Tomentosa in India!

How to Grow Cotyledon Tomentosa

Bear’s Paw gets its unique name thanks to the leaves that look like the paw of a bear. It is a cute little specimen that’s great for small spaces like a sunny windowsill or a tabletop. Let’s have a look at How to Grow Cotyledon Tomentosa in India!

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Bear’s Paw Succulent

The fuzzy green leaves of this succulent have toothy margins, hence the name. It also has a very fine coating of white hair on the surface, which gives it a velvety feel. It stays compact and grows slow, which makes it one of the best indoor specimens you can have. What’s more! It also grows cute orange flowers in the right growing conditions!

How to Grow Cotyledon Tomentosa?

The best way to grow this plant is from cuttings. Snip 3-4 inches of it from a healthy plant and then let it callous for a day or two. Then plant it in a succulent mix.

Requirements for Growing Bear Paws In India

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Location / Light

Being a succulent, this plant is in love with sunlight. However, keep it safe from the harsh afternoon sun. A morning sun exposure of 4-5 hours is best for its growth.


Avoid using regular garden soil as it might hold moisture more than what succulents usually like. It is always a good idea to go for a succulent or cactus mix for growing bear paws. You can also mix coco peat, garden soil, and sand in equal proportions to make a DIY mix for the plant.


Like most succulents, a Bear Paw does not require watering as frequently as most houseplants. Water the plant when the topsoil goes completely dry as it stores water in its plumpy leaves. Avoid watering the plant daily.

Taking Care of Bear’s Paw Succulent

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As the plant is a slow grower, it will be happy even if you don’t feed at all, especially if you have used a good quality succulent mix. To boost its growth, you can use a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to 1/4 of its strength, once in 6-8 weeks.

Pests and Diseases

Look out for mealybugs and spider mites. If you see a fine white web around its leaves, then clean it using a damp cloth. Keep the plant where it gets plenty of light and air circulation.

To keep the most potential diseases at bay, avoid overwatering the plant.

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