Tag: cotyledon

Variegated Bear’s Paw heaven

I found these variegated Cotyledon tomentosa at my local grocery store and I couldn’t stop myself from buying some. I already had one plant at home, well hidden in the pot with my regular green Bear’s Paw. The problem was that it didn’t do too well in there because the green version took over the pot, preventing the variegated plant from getting enough sunlight. It was pretty sad looking in its own pot, too.

Now it has more friends to play with in a bigger pot just for variegated paws. They look magnificent together!

Bear paws with nail polish

My Cotyledon tomentosa is gorgeous right now. I leave my balcony glass panes completely open right now, so every plant out there get direct sunlight pretty much all day. Even the strong midday sun. So far none of my plants have gotten sunburned.
This plant gets the cutest red leaf tips in summer if you provide enough sunlight. I used to think I bought an all-green variety when I first came across one, but it just needed even more light.

Repotting my Bear’s Paw

I think maybe it was time to repot my Cotyledon tomentosa (Bear’s paw). I bought it a couple of years ago when it was a lot smaller and I never really got around to changing its pot. It looked kind of cozy in its old pot, but the root ball had filled out every inch on the inside. What looks like a pot in the first picture is actually the root ball.

Cotyledon tomentosa are usually a bit of a hassle to repot. They don’t sting you like cactus – they’re actually very soft and fluffy – but the leaves break off if you even think about touching them. This one wasn’t very hard to repot, though. I only had to stick a finger up the drainage hole of the pot and that loosened the whole root ball in one go. I had to break the root ball up, just a tiny bit, to make sure there was enough surface area to help them grow outwards into the fresh, new soil. This time I added a lot more organic potting soil. They must have been starving as the old soil (there wasn’t much left) couldn’t have contained that many nutrients, even after I fertilized it.

It now lives in a slightly larger pot until it outgrows it. Maybe I shouldn’t wait another two years this time.