Plant Care Bear's Paw

Bear's Paw

4.4 out of 5 (68 experiences)

Bear's Paw has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Bear's Paw has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Kitten Paw

Taxonomy

Cotyledon tomentosa
Cotyledon
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

How to care for Bear's Paw

💦 Water

How often to water your Bear's Paw

Water needs for Bear's Paw
0.5 cups
every 12

Bear's Paw needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bear's Paw

Water 0.5 cups every
12

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bear's Paw in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bear's Paw: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bear's Paw love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bear's Paw does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bear's Paw in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bear's Paw

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bear's Paw: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bear's Paw after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Bear's Paw is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Bear's Paw Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Bear's Paw thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Bear's Paw Water Frequency →

Bear's Paw Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bear's Paw requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Bear's Paw Light Requirements →

Bear's Paw Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Bear's Paw is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Bear's Paw prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Bear's Paw Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Bear's Paw is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bear's Paw →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bear's Paw →


💩 Fertilizer

Bear's Paw grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Bear's Paw →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Bear's Paw to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Bear's Paw is native to Southern Africa to the Middle East.


🌸 Flowers

Bear's Paw produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bear's Paw is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bear's Paw can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bear's Paw Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Bear's Paw can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Bear's Paw →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Bear's Paw. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Bear's Paw

Bear's Paw

Bear's Paw


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bear's Paw has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 25
Bear's Paw has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 25
Bear's Paw has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 16
Bear's Paw has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 15
Bear's Paw has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Bear's Paw has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Bear's Paw has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
@UnraveledSouls avatar
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leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 626 XP
globe Herriman, UT
03/04/2022

This is the cutest succulent ever, if you’ve been thinking about getting one you should ! Peak growth season is during the Spring and Fall. The leaves are so chonky, and adorable. I grow mine under a grow light and she’s a really happy plant ! I’ve had her for almost a year and she bloomed for me already. 🥰🌿

Make sure you don’t overwater and have enough light to make sure they’re growing properly. I usually wait until the leaves start to wrinkle a little to make sure I’m not overwatering !

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
@Kay avatar
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leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 195 XP
01/10/2022

They can’t be watered to much and the leaves are fragile

Survivor Survivor
@MeganO avatar
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leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 20,843 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/10/2022

Left this thing outside all winter last year and it survived. Now it’s with friends inside under a big grow lights and loving life

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@mossycabbages avatar
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leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

My bear paws have been through it 😅 but they always manage to come back and they’re so easy to prop. I keep them under grow lights about 6” away and they’re very happy with lots of new growth

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@grimmauxillatrix avatar
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leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 4,059 XP
globe Alameda, CA
12/23/2021

Lovely plant with fat leaves. Keep up with repotting it as it grows, it gets really sad when it's in a too small pot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Mickeysoasis avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 69 XP
08/21/2021

Give it plenty of room to grow and it’ll be the cutest addition to your plant family!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@miaaa avatar
@@miaaa
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 3,713 XP
08/09/2021

Although mine has gotten a bit leggy, it's grown a ton since I've had it and still looks cute even with the extra length. Great plant to add to a succulent collection

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 255 XP
08/09/2021

i’m in love with this cute fuzzy plant. it looks like little teeny paws!! <3 but every time i try to take care of it;; some leaves brown and it attracts gnats. please be careful with it;; not too much sunlight

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@growwithme avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
07/26/2021

Literally look at it. Cute.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Shelbitaa avatar
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leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 173 XP
07/24/2021

For me, Ronaldo has been very fragile and I came home with 4 new prop babies instead of a full plant 😭 but I’m excited for my first prop journey

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
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leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 8,855 XP
globe Mount Prospect, IL
07/23/2021

So soft 🥺 I love this succ

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@ggregg avatar
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 56 XP
07/23/2021

VERY CUte

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Angelina avatar
@Angelina
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 747 XP
globe New Port Richey, FL
07/13/2021

This plant is amazing it doesn’t need much attention I live in Florida loves the sun and very little waterv

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@Justinee avatar
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 2,158 XP
globe Charleston, SC
07/12/2021

These are so cute 💚 and grows fast!

Fast grower Fast grower
@AmityAmor avatar
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 489 XP
globe Hillsboro, OR
07/11/2021

It’s so cute and soft and really looks like little paws

@tlord avatar
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leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 5,697 XP
globe West Wodonga, Victoria
06/28/2021

Once you get this guy in the right state he just takes off! Slightly harder than most to propagate, don’t use water or he will get root rot. Such adorable lil paws 💕

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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Dandenong, Victoria
06/15/2021

Cute n fluffy

Survivor Survivor
@angiez avatar
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leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,708 XP
06/09/2021

CUTE

@essdubya avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 147 XP
06/08/2021

Limited, direct sun. Water when dry. Most occasionally.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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