With its unique shape and beauty, the Bear Paw succulent (Kalanchoe Tomentosa) is an eye-catching addition to any garden or home. They belong to the Kalanchoe family, and their leaves resemble those of a bear’s paw – hence the name!
But did you know that the plant can be propagated in three different ways: through cuttings, leaves, and seeds? This article will explain how these methods work and how to use them successfully in your own propagation journeys.
Read on to learn more about Bear Paw succulent propagation!
Bear Paw succulent propagation is a fun and interesting way to quickly increase your stock of plants. If you’re looking to propagate your Bear Paw succulent, you’ll be glad to know there are several ways you can do this! Let’s look at the three main methods of propagating a Bear Paw succulent.
The most reliable way to propagate a Bear Paw succulent is to take cuttings. This involves snipping off part of the parent plant with sharp, sterile scissors and keeping the cutting at least 2-3 inches long. Place the cutting in a dry location and allow it to callus over a few days. Once the callus is formed, you can plant your cutting in either soil or water. So let’s check both methods.
Propagating Bear Paw succulent cuttings in the soil is a relatively easy process. Remove the stem’s lower 2 inches of leaves once it is calloused to bury the clean section in the soil easily. First, you need to prepare a potting mix that’s made up of equal parts perlite, peat moss, and coarse sand.
Then fill your planting container with the prepared soil and water it from the bottom until it is thoroughly moistened. Place your cutting’s calloused end in the soil and gently press it down. Water the soil again until it is damp. Place the container in an area that receives partial or filtered sunlight, and keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy.
Avoid overwatering, which can harm the delicate roots of a succulent. You should see new growth emerging from your cutting in a few weeks!
Propagating your Bear Paw succulent cuttings in water is an exceptional method to expand the number of plants you have rapidly. First, take a glass or jar and fill it with distilled or filtered water. Place the cutting in the jar, ensuring that at least two or three leaves are above the water’s surface. Place the jar in an area that receives indirect sunlight, and change the water often to ensure it remains fresh.
After a few weeks of being submerged in the water, you should begin to see new roots emerging from the base of your cutting. Shortly afterward, you’ll notice new growth emerging as well! When the roots reach an inch in length, you can transplant your cutting into its new home.
Propagating a Bear Paw succulent through leaves is another easy and reliable method for expanding your plant collection. It’s important to note that you should only use healthy, undamaged leaves for this type of propagation. Start by snipping off the leaf from the parent plant with sharp, sterile scissors.
Gently tug and rotate the leaf closest to the mother plant’s stem for a better grasp. Once the leaf has been cut, you may notice the freshly-cut end is quite wet due to succulents storing water in their stems and leaves for periods of drought.
To avoid root rot, allow the cut ends to heal or “callous” over for at least two to five days before watering; though it is unnecessary, adding rooting hormone can speed up this process. After callusing, dip the tip of the pup into powder and place it on dampened cactus or succulent soil. It is important to remember that while mature succulents need more sun, too much direct light can burn its leaves and fledgling sprouts, so indirect light should be used instead.
You will start to see roots emerging from the cutting after about two weeks, and when the baby succulent’s roots have strengthened sufficiently, the leaf will naturally fall off. To help it continue to thrive, transplant the pup into a pot with well-draining succulent soil or regular potting soil.
Bear Paw Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Propagating Bear Paw succulents through seeds is a longer process than propagation with cuttings, but it can be a rewarding way to grow your own succulents at home. Start by purchasing fresh, viable seeds from an online or local nursery and collecting them in an envelope.
Soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water to soften their hard outer shells and improve their germination rates. After soaking, sow the seeds in a well-draining succulent or cactus mix and sprinkle some sand or vermiculite over the top for better aeration and drainage.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and place your tray near a window that receives indirect sunlight until you see sprouts emerging from the soil. As they grow bigger, transplant them into individual pots of well-draining potting soil. Make sure never to overwater them, as this can lead to root rot; instead, allow the topsoil to dry out completely before watering again. Your Bear Paw succulents will soon thrive with proper care and attention!
Every plant requires proper care and attention, especially after it has been propagated. As with any succulent, care for the Bear Paw succulents that you’ve propagated should include the following factors:
Bear Paw succulents prefer bright, indirect sunlight to thrive. If you’re growing them indoors, south-facing windows make for ideal placement. A windowsill with a few hours of direct morning or late afternoon sun is ideal.
During the summer, you can move them outdoors to a partially-shaded spot, where they can get the filtered sunlight they need. If your succulents are getting too much light and start to look yellow-gray or become dry and brittle, it’s best to move them out of direct sunlight.
As with any succulent, it is important not to overwater the Bear Paw succulent, as this can lead to root rot and other issues. Water when the topsoil is dry, and use a soil moisture meter to check the moisture level.
Generally, you should water the succulent once every two weeks during the summer and once a month during winter. Make sure to pour water directly into the soil and not over the leaves, as this can lead to rot and fungus.
For a healthy Bear Paw succulent, soil with excellent drainage is essential. This succulent prefers cactus and succulent soil mixes, which are specially formulated for the needs of these plants. If you don’t have access to this specialized soil, you can make your own by combining equal parts potting soil, sand, and perlite.
Additionally, adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of the container will help with drainage. Fertilizer is also beneficial for healthy growth; use diluted liquid fertilizer during the summer and every six weeks during the winter.
Bear Paw succulents should only require a little fertilizer if they are planted in nutrient-rich soil and given adequate light and water. However, feeding them a diluted liquid fertilizer during the summer can be beneficial to ensure that they grow healthily. During winter, fertilize your Bear Paw succulents every six weeks with balanced succulent plant food.
Make sure to dilute the fertilizer with water until it is at half-strength, as too much fertilizer can burn the roots. Additionally, avoid fertilizing if the soil is dry; wait until you’ve watered the succulents before fertilizing to minimize the risk of burning their roots.
Most common pests, such as mealybugs, aphids, and scale insects, can threaten your Bear Paw succulents. If you notice any of these pests on the leaves or stems, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to dislodge them. Additionally, introducing natural predators like ladybugs into your garden environment can help control pest populations without harming the succulents.
Your Bear Paw succulent may also be susceptible to certain fungal and bacterial diseases if not cared for properly. If you notice any discolored patches on the leaves or stems, or if the plant starts wilting, it could be a sign of disease. Remove any infected plant parts and treat the affected area with a fungicide or insecticidal soap.
Bear Paw succulents should be repotted every two years. When selecting a new pot for your succulent, make sure it has good drainage and is one size larger than the current pot. When ready to repot your Bear Paw succulent, gently slide the root ball out of its old container. Loosen the roots from the root ball and carefully remove any dead or decaying material.
Then, fill the new container with fresh succulent soil mix and place your Bear Paw succulent into its new home. Water thoroughly after replanting and ensure not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Finally, keep your Bear Paw succulent in a cool, dry place for at least seven days to allow the roots time to settle and adjust to their new environment.