Succulent plants are a nice addition to every home, workspace or study room. They have a very primitive appeal that never fail to put a fresh touch to any area.
If you happen to be a true fan of succulent plants with enough spare time, you can actually grow them yourself. A few days ago, we discussed growing a Jade Plant from branch or leaf cuttings. This time, we will tackle how to grow succulents from seeds.
Step 1: Prepare the Materials
You can easily acquire the materials you need from shops that sell gardening supplies or in some DIY shops. For convenience, you can just order them from reliable sellers online.
Of course, the first thing you need are the succulent plant seeds. Make sure that they are healthy and have no sign of decay or parasite infestation.
Then, buy a shallow planting tray. See to it that the tray has little holes in it. The holes will allow water to drain quickly and these will prevent excess water from stagnating at the base of the container. Succulent plant seeds are very fragile, so ensure that they will not drown from overwatering.
Next is the sand where you will plant the succulent seeds. The sand should be free-draining and not treated with any chemical solution like pesticides or perfume.
We suggest that you get a kitty litter or horticultural sand. You can even use builder’s sand, which is usually mixed with cement in construction works. The gaps in the small rocks allow the water to drain faster and they let the plant breathe air easily. In addition, the air pockets will let the roots of the plant creep and grow freely.
After that, get a shower cap or any thin plastic with little holes. This will serve as a humidity dome for your plant. Succulent seeds will not sprout roots when there is lack of humidity in the air.
Lastly, you will need a small clay pot if you want to grow your succulents separately.
Step 2: Put the Sand Into the Tray
Spread the sand evenly into the tray. It is strongly advised that you place a thin plastic or use a smooth surface as a base when doing this to prevent the sand from seeping into the holes.
Sprinkle water into the sand so that its particles will be held together. You can now remove the plastic base to make the excess water drip.
Step 3: Sprinkle the Seeds
Bring out the succulent plant seeds. Be careful when pouring the seeds into your palm as these are very tiny and the wind may blow and scatter them.
Distribute the succulent seeds evenly in the wet sand. Gently tap the seeds into the sand and water mixture. The wet surface will let the seeds stick and prevent the wind from blowing them away.
Step 4: Put the Humidity Dome
Cover the tray with the thin layer of plastic with little holes. As mentioned earlier, this will help keep the humidity in the atmosphere of the seeds.
After a few days or a couple of weeks, you will notice that tiny plants will begin to grow. That’s an indication for you to remove the humidity dome.
Step 5: Water It
Water your plants as they grow. However, be careful not to submerge them. Just keep the sand around them moist. Drain the extra water on the sides of the tray by slightly tilting it until the excess liquid is disposed.
Optional: Put Them Into a Pot
This may take months depending on the kind of succulent plant that you have, but once they grow a couple of inches, you may replant them into small clay pots so you can decorate your place with them.
Bonus Tip: Save Yourself the Trouble
Some of you readers might be too busy with work, studies or other personal stuff. If that’s the case, you can just buy succulent plants from known sellers like Cal Farms. For as low as $37.97, you can get yourself a 20-piece assorted variety of succulents. This is highly recommended especially when you need decorations or party favors in your upcoming special events.