Cotyledon Orbiculata is also commonly known as Pigs Ear. As the plant matures you will notice that the plant is able to reach around 60 cm (24″) tall. When looking at the plant the first thing that you will notice are the beautiful dull-grey-green leaves that grow in oval shapes. When the plant flowers it is known to produce red to orange flower that grow from the top of a long stem.
Care and Propagation Information
Cotyledon Orbiculata ‘Pig’s Ear’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care of. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Pig’s Ear healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.
General Care for Cotyledon Orbiculata ‘Pig’s Ear’
This succulent type is a unique one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy red-orange flowers. It is a nice addition to your collection of plants especially if you have it displayed in a beautiful pot.
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Where to Plant
Cotyledon Orbiculata ‘Pig’s Ear’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.
This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9b-11b which is around -3.9°C (25°F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Pig’s Ear in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.
When selecting what pot to use be sure that you understand the difference between the material used (See our guide on how to pick the best plant pot).
How to Propagate Cotyledon Orbiculata ‘Pig’s Ear’
Pig’s Ear can be propagated by cuttings or seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store. You can learn all about How To Repot Succulents in our guide.
Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.
How to Propagate Cotyledon Orbiculata ‘Pig’s Ear’ From Cuttings
When propagating Pig’s Ear from cuttings, cut a leaf from the mother plant carefully with a clean knife or scissors. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.
How to Propagate Cotyledon Orbiculata ‘Pig’s Ear’ Using Seeds
This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.