The Ultimate Guide to Growing Succulents from Seeds

Are you ready to expand your succulent collection but don’t want to break the bank? Growing succulents from seeds is an affordable option that allows you to have a vast variety of plants. While it does require patience, the process is not too different from growing other plants. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with valuable tips to successfully propagate succulents from seeds.

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Buying High-Quality Seeds

Finding the right source for succulent seeds is crucial. A reputable seller can make all the difference in your success. Avoid mistaking succulent seeds for something else by purchasing from a trusted seller. Walawala Studio, a shop on Etsy, offers top-notch quality seeds and a wide selection, including rare species. Ensure you read reviews before purchasing seeds from other sellers on platforms like Amazon and Etsy. Remember, conducting thorough research and buying from a reliable source is essential for a fruitful journey.

Essential Supplies

To get started, you’ll need suitable containers and soil for your succulent seeds. Consider using planters such as Air-o Light, which come with built-in grow lights. Another option is seed trays. When choosing soil, opt for a type that will work well for your succulents even as they mature. Coconut coir and Bonsai Jack Succulent Soil are great choices for your seeds and plants.

Planting Succulent Seeds

When dealing with tiny succulent seeds, cleanliness is paramount. Ensure you have clean hands and a pristine workspace before planting. Begin by filling your tray or container with soil. Precautionarily wipe down your potting area and hands after handling the soil before opening the seed pouch. With clean hands, delicately place the seeds on top of the soil. The minuscule size of the seeds might make it challenging to determine their exact placement on the soil.

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Watering and Caring for Succulent Seeds

Succulent seeds require light for germination and constant access to water. To water the seeds effectively, flood the container from below. The Air-o Light planter simplifies this process by allowing you to pour water into the hole near the soil. For seed trays, fill the lower white portion halfway with water and place the black tray inside. Wait until the water absorbs into the soil, adding more as needed. Keeping the lid on the seed trays helps slow down evaporation, but remember to frequently refill the tray. Adequate access to light is crucial, so place your seeds near a bright indoor window. Maintain a consistent temperature, ensuring it does not exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit or drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Germination Time

The germination time for each succulent species varies. Consult the information provided with your seeds to determine when you can expect signs of growth. Once sprouts emerge, prioritize sufficient airflow while keeping the soil moist. Remove the lid if you had it on your starter tray.

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Sempervivum and Sedum succulent seeds after 3 weeks of water and light

Continued Care for Succulent Seeds

As your seedlings continue to grow, ensure they receive consistent watering. Gradually reduce the frequency once they establish a robust root system. However, until their roots are well-developed, they will require a steady water supply. Throughout the growth process, this post will be updated with additional photos, allowing you to witness each stage of development. Growing succulents from seeds requires ongoing care and maintenance, but the reward of affordable, thriving succulents is worth it.

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Repotting Succulent Seedlings

Most succulent seedlings should remain in their original planters for six months to a year before transplanting. Once the seedlings reach around 2 inches (5 cm) in size and develop well-established root systems, it’s generally safe to repot. If you’ve been using a covered container akin to a greenhouse, remove the lid permanently after the first month to provide adequate airflow. Prior to that, lift the lid briefly every few days to allow fresh air in, but avoid prolonged exposure. After repotting, gradually reduce watering frequency to help the seedlings acclimate to the soak and dry method, fostering sturdy roots.

Controlling Soil Fungus

If you notice mold or fungus growing on your succulent soil during the seed growth phase, improving air circulation is crucial. Stagnant water promotes the development of fungus and mold. Treat the affected area by spraying it with isopropyl alcohol, effectively eliminating the fungi without harming your delicate succulent seedlings.

My First Batch

On November 7, 2017, I embarked on my journey of growing succulents from seeds. I utilized a seed starter tray from Amazon, placing different types of seeds in various sections. After adding water to the bottom section and covering the tray, I eagerly watched as little baby succulents began to emerge over the following days. Within a few weeks, most of the seed sections sprouted. Unfortunately, my absence for almost 3 weeks led to some mishaps. The seeds were left indoors with insufficient light, and accidentally spraying water on top of them disturbed the soil, covering many of the new seedlings. Additionally, I left the seeds outside during a warm spell, only to expose them to freezing temperatures later on. Despite these setbacks, the seeds are now safely indoors under grow lights, offering a more consistent temperature environment. I’ll add more photos in the future, documenting their progress and recovery.

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Growing succulents from seeds allows you to cultivate a flourishing collection affordably. Despite the care and maintenance involved, the satisfaction of seeing your seeds transform into beautiful succulents is unparalleled. Remember to exercise patience, provide proper lighting and watering, and be vigilant in maintaining ideal conditions for your succulent seeds. Enjoy this rewarding and enriching experience!

For more information on succulents and supplies, visit the Ames Farm Center.

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