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Tips To Grow Succulents From Seed

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If you want to learn tips to grow succulents from seeds in the easiest way possible, then this is the article for you.

They are quite drought-tolerant, which means they can be grown in almost any kind of soil.

They are also very resilient. They can survive several different weather conditions.

Tips To Grow Succulents From Seed

Succulents usually require little water, but you do have to provide them with adequate light. In other words, succulents prefer hot sun to cool shade. Succulents usually need to be kept at temperatures between 70o and 80o Fahrenheit or 21o and 26o Celcius. Keep reading to find out more tips to grow succulents from seeds!

How Do You Store Succulent Seeds?

In an ideal world, you wouldn't need to use anything as you would plant them right away. But if you do, there are some problems. First, you don't want to store succulent seeds where they will get wet. Water is the enemy. You want to avoid moisture at all costs.

And you should also keep them cool. Seeds need to stay between 40 to 50 degrees F. So if you're going to keep them in a cool place, they need to be in something that allows air to flow through them. You can use a paper bag, but don't forget to label them.

If you choose to store your seeds in an airtight container make sure the seeds are dehydrated.

Learn more about how to collect your own seeds.

When the flowers start to shrivel, that's the cue to collect the seeds.When the flowers start to shrivel, that's the cue to start collecting the seeds.

How Long Does it Take to Grow a Succulent From Seed?

You probably don’t need to know this fact (at least not right away) but growing a succulent from seed takes roughly twice as long as other plants. Why? Well, because the seed itself is small (like dust) and takes about 14 days to germinate. Then it grows slowly for another 28 days.

How to Germinate Succulent Seeds Fast?

The first thing you should prepare is your soil mix, we recommend you sterilize it before planting your seeds.

You can spread the seeds on the soil. The seeds will stick in the soil if it is wet. It is possible to place the seeds in the soil with a wet toothpick.

When planting seeds, make sure that the soil is moist, if it is dry, it is very hard for the seeds to germinate. If you use a flat seed tray, make sure to water the seedlings when they are about 1/2 an inch tall. When you plant your seeds, do not cover them too much or too little, just enough so that the seed can get some light.

Also, there are a number of different ways to germinate seedlings. For example, the seedlings can be grown under light from a table lamp or they can be grown under direct sunlight. Keep your seeds at a temperature of 70 degrees F. or 21o C.

Another common way to germinate seedlings is to use fluorescent grow light, and this is often recommended for succulents because they are sensitive to too much heat. However, if your plants don't germinate easily in the beginning, then you might consider using a grow light.

Sprinkle the dust-like seeds carefullySprinkle the dust-like seeds carefully

Should You Soak Succulent Seeds?

You don't have to soak them because they are tiny. They only need water to help them germinate, so if you don't water them often, they will die off.

The soil must be moist, but not wet. If you plant them in a pot, they won't be able to breathe so you need to put the pot into a container with holes to let the airflow in and out.

How Often Do You Water Succulent Seeds?

An interesting method for watering your succulent seeds is called 'capillarity'. Capillarity is the tendency of a liquid to flow into and fill a gap.

By placing a container of water under the planting tray with the seeds and soil, the water will easily flow into the container.

This helps the soil stay moist for longer, and can help keep your seedlings hydrated. Also, cover the tray to maintain the humidity required for germination.

Watering succulents seeds by capillary actionWatering succulents seeds by capillary action

What Are The Best Succulents to Grow From Seeds?

The best succulents to grow from seeds are:

  • Sedum spathulatum (Stonecrop)

  • Sedum plumbum (Tallstonecrop)

  • Sedum aizoon (Sedum, or Crater Cap)

  • Sedum spurium (Crabapple Stonecrop)

  • Sedum telephium (Telephium)

  • Sedum spectabile (Spathulata)

  • Sedum makinoi (Makino Stonecrop)

  • Sedum krauseanum (Kraus Stonecrop)

  • Sedum alexandri (Alexandra)

  • Sedum pachyphyllum (Pachyphyllum)

What is Succulent Germination Time?

Succulent germination time refers to the amount of time that a plant takes to come into full bloom, ready for harvest. Once the plants are in full bloom, it's harvest time. The average bloom time for most succulents is three to four weeks.

However, this is only an average and some plants take longer than others. For example, the Aloe succulent takes nine to twelve weeks to reach its full bloom time.

Some of the best plants to grow include the Echeveria and Sedum. Both plants bloom within two to four weeks, meaning that there's more room for you to grow more plants!

What is Succulent Germination Temperature?

Succulents germinate at temperatures between 65 and 85o Fahrenheit. If you have a thermometer that can detect temperatures down to the tenth of a degree, you should check the temperature of your seedlings regularly.

If your plants appear to be growing at an optimal rate, the soil is moist but not soggy, and the leaves are curled up rather than wilted, then you’re doing okay.

If they seem to be getting too hot or cold, it may be time to repot the plants.

Final Words On Tips to Grow Succulents From Seeds!

Succulents are beautiful and rewarding plants. They are easy to grow from seed, require little water, and grow in almost any climate. Although growing succulents from seeds may seem complicated at first, it’s quite straightforward.

This is the ultimate guide to growing your succulents from seeds. This shows you how to take care of your seedlings, how to keep them healthy, and how to care for your succulents once they are fully grown.

Need more information on what to do with succulent seedlings?  Find out.

Author Bio:

Tony Manhart

Tony Manhart is the founder and editor in chief at Succulentshelp. Tony’s enthusiasm and rich experience in all things related to growing plants have led him to share his abundant knowledge with gardening aficionados all over the world.

When he is not working around his own garden, Tony spends his time writing tips and tricks on a variety of subjects related to plant cultivation and soil maintenance.

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