How to Grow Succulents from Seeds – 7 Easy Steps!

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Succulents are unique plants with thick fleshy tissues that usually retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The Latin Word “succus” for succulent, has the meaning of “juice” or “sap.”

The seven easy steps are buying the seeds, supplies, soil, and container. Then plant the seeds and grow them always checking the light, humidity, and water.

Here Are The 7 Easy and Simple Steps to Follow.

1. Start with Good-Quality Seeds.

The most important thing is buying seeds from a reliable seller. Getting to know the reliable source of your seeds guarantees good quality. It gives an assurance that you’ve got the exact succulent you are asking or buying for.

Be sure to start with good-quality succulent seeds. Thus, some succulent species have large seeds but most of the succulent seeds are so tiny, almost like dust.

2. Supplies.

You will need supplies to grow your succulents from seeds. You must have these:

A Planting Container or Tray.

You should choose a planting container or tray that has several holes at the bottom. Succulent seeds need proper drainage to avoid drowning.

B Well-Drained Soil.

There are available potting mixed soils on the market that are specifically designed for succulents.

C Plant Dome or Shower Cap.

To be used to cover the container after planting the seeds. This ensures humidity.

3. Start A Good Container That Has Good Drainage.

You could choose containers that fit your taste for growing succulent seeds but make sure they have good drainage and keep the moisture for the seed’s developing roots.

Succulent seedlings are not tolerant of drying out at their early stage of life. It is necessary to water the seedlings on time and give them the nourishment they need in the days to follow.

4. Soil.

Soil is a crucial component for the success of your succulents from seeds. Succulents don’t like garden soil. Rich sand, well-drained, and potting soil are ideal to use for your succulents that work well effectively.

Either way, you can purchase soil specifically made for succulents. Having the right soil is the foundation for growing healthy succulents.

5. Start by Filling the Container with Soil.

First, make sure to have clean hands, gardening gloves, and a clean workspace before planting.

Fill your container with soil that is approximately one (1) inch below the edge of the container.

Afterward, if the container is filled with soil, water it.

Then, allow the excess water to run through the drainage holes.

It is vital to water the soil before planting to ensure that the super tiny seeds will stick into the soil.

6. Plant the Seeds.

When the container is filled with soil and the soil has been watered and drained then you can now plant your seeds.

Using your gloved hands, carefully remove the succulent seeds from the pouch and place them on top of the soil.

These seeds can be extremely small and therefore they can be easily picked up by the wind and blown away.

As much as possible, plant your seeds in a sheltered area that’s guarded against the wind.

Hold your one hand open flat and place the seeds on your palm. In this way, it will make pushing the seeds into the container much easier.

Spread the seeds upon the surface of the soil and leave enough space between the seeds.

If using a tray that has different compartments, place one or two seeds

Don’t cover the succulent seeds with soil.

Some seeds would fail to germinate unless the air is humid. You can cover the container with a dome or shower cap until it will start sprouting.

7. Provide Them Light, Humidity, And Water.

Place them in a bright place but away from sunlight with a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

They need a lot of moisture and water is one of the vital elements for them to germinate. Too much water will drown them, and too little water will either fail to germinate.

Always keep the soil moist. The seed container or tray with drainage holes makes the watering more convenient for the excess water to drain easily. Continue to provide them with water and exposure to light to initiate the germination process of succulent seeds.

Keep it in mind to not let the soil become dry. Succulents, once established, will need less water.

How To Take Care of Growing Succulents from Seeds. Essential Needs of Growing Succulents

The germination of succulent seeds takes place from three days to a few weeks or even months to begin growing and depending on the types of succulents.

Once you have provided your seeds the optimal care, the waiting has begun. If you follow the steps, you will be able to grow your succulents from seeds successfully. Patience, great care, and diligence are the keys to the success of the super tiny succulent seeds to grow.

Just keep an eye on the seeds while waiting for the first leaf to sprout. Once they start to sprout, remove the shower cap, and place them in an area that receives plenty of light but not direct sunlight.

Congratulations! Now the seeds have started to germinate, you are on your way to having your own collection of succulents that you grew on your own. It is important to note that it takes a long time for succulent super tiny seedlings to grow to their fullness.

Again, always keep the soil moist as the succulent seeds are ready to take off. A milestone in growing succulents from seeds. Here are the essential needs for your super tiny succulents.

1. Watering.

Water them by spraying in between the rows, if you plant them by rows, with a sprayer or water them lightly to avoid the succulent seeds sitting in water. To make sure the excess water comes out through the drainage holes.

In this way, those little roots are just starting to develop and would keep them hydrated. As they grow over the first week or two, always keep the soil moist and ensure adequate drainage.

If possible, water them every day. Succulents grow best in soil that doesn’t hold water.

There are also simple basic rules to follow in watering your succulent seeds.

• Thoroughly wet the soil and the water can drain out at the bottom of the container.

• Do not overwater because the seeds will die or be washed away from where they are planted.

• When watering your succulent seeds try to use water at the same temperature as the room. This ensures that the succulent seeds don’t have any shock from being too cold or hot.

2. Sunlight.

Avoid exposing the baby succulents to direct sunlight because it can burn them.

Gradually, start introducing them to substantial light as they grow for an hour on the 1st day then 2 hours the following day then increase in the days to follow until such time, they can tolerate the light.

It’s well known that succulents are desert plants that don’t require the same amount of sunlight. It is important to understand the lighting needs of your succulents.

Most likely, some of them get sunburned easily therefore not to be exposed to direct sunlight yet, there are some who thrive best in direct sunlight.

If your tiny succulent gets burned easily in an adequate light then rather move it immediately to recover.

3. Soil.

It is highly recommended a mix of 50% compost soil, 25% perlite, and 25% small rocks. Keeping the soil at the right moisture.

Succulent seedlings must be kept moist, not wet, and never allowed to dry out. In as much as the succulent seeds have germinated, light and air circulation go together.

The soil needs to be rich, loose, and well-drained for the succulent seeds to grow and be healthy. It also needs the pH level to be within the appropriate range.

4. Container.

Be sure the containers have good drainage and keep the moisture for the seed’s developing roots. The container is larger, so the seeds have room to grow.

You could use containers or trays if there are several holes at the bottom. Transparent containers are also good to monitor growth. The important key is a container with good drainage.

How To Grow Succulents from Seeds

Firstly, you must know where to buy succulent seeds. You may purchase them from any gardening center, home supply retailer, grocery store, and commercial seed company.

There are some varieties which are so rare that you’ll have a hard time buying – if ever! You could perhaps find them most likely at a higher price.

Sometimes, it’s surprising when growing succulents from seeds how different they are from the mother plant. They have different characteristics.

Some gardeners say it’s more satisfying to grow succulents from seeds. You let them grow by themselves and make the best out of this experience.

An exciting and rewarding experience once you know how to do it. They are an easy, cost-effective, and enjoyable way to grow your own collection.

It’s important to note that growing succulents from seeds is different from growing other types from seeds. So, if you like trying your hand at growing them on your own, you must know a few things before starting your succulents from seeds.

Final Thoughts

Succulent plants store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems. These cute unique plants are often grown as ornamental plants wherein their striking and unusual appearance can thrive with minimal care.

There are many plant families which have multiple succulent species found with more than 25 plant families. These families are Aizoaceae, Cactaceae, and Crassulaceae.

The environment of these water-preserving plants is often in areas with high temperatures and have low rainfall such as deserts. They are well known for having the ability to thrive on limited water sources.

There’s really nothing more rewarding while watching something sprout from a super tiny seed you put in the dirt. They are easy to care for and the cheapest way to get lots of plants, however, it requires patience.

These cute potted plants with a touch of beauty have a way of brightening up a room and making it feel alive. They could help to purify the air and improve the humidity in your home.

Ostensibly, they can add fresh oxygen to your environment, improving your focus and memory.

In that way, the world knows they exist and are a big part of your life. Happy seed planting!

Jenny Marie
Tribal Writer

Edited By
Patricia Godwin

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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