How to Propagate Cotyledon tomentosa “Bear’s Paw”
“Bear’s Paw” is able to propagate several different ways, however the easiest way is through cuttings.
To grow Cotyledon tomentosa from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.
It can be quite difficult to propagate “Bear’s Paw” from leaves, so a high success rate should not be expected.
When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.
Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.
If propagating from seed, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.