How to Grow Succulents from Seeds (Guide)

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Nothing is as exhilarating as watching plants grow from scratch. One moment, the only thing on sight is a boring lump of soil. Fast-forward a few moons later, cute little shoots are springing up from mother earth. It gets even more exciting when it comes to succulents!

Beautiful would be quite a stingy adjective to describe succulents when they’re growing from seeds – they’re gorgeous.

Growing succulents from seeds isn’t rocket science. Sure, the whole process may progress at a snail’s pace or require you to be a bit more patient than usual, but the wait is always worth it. In a few days or months, small seeds may transform into admirable, exotic, and rare succulents – quite the dream of every succulent lover.

If you’re up for the challenge, we’re more than ready to give you the low down!

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Why grow succulents from seeds?

You’re right, there are much simpler ways of acquiring succulents. If it’s not propagating via stem cuttings, then leaf cuttings may get the job done. You can also get one as a gift or just spend a few bucks and buy a grown one.

However, there are a few exceptions. Certain rare succulents are not available for purchase easily and so the only option becomes growing from seeds. Additionally, some varieties may cost you an arm and a leg while the same seeds will go for a pittance.

And did I mention that you can grow succulents from seeds to have enough to give out as gifts to friends and family members? It’s also an opportunity for succulent freaks to get into the nitty-gritty of succulents’ growth.

Buy Authentic Succulent Seeds

With e-commerce being popular as ever, it goes without saying that being ripped off also comes easily. You definitely don’t want to purchase “supposed” succulent seeds only to find out they are some grass variants after germinating.

Or wait for a lifetime for the seeds to germinate only to realize they were fake or dead. Do a bit of homework and buy from a reputable source. You’ll want to check out suppliers’ reviews before placing an order. If the thought of getting a good supplier overwhelms you, the following suggestions might be helpful.

Local plant stores near you

Succulents and cacti seeds are readily available in local garden centers or plant nurseries. Alternatively, you can find them in big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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Etsy

You can find reliable seed suppliers here without much fuzz. Prices vary depending on the varieties with the designer succulent types fetching higher prices.

CactusPlaza

If you want to browse an extremely wide variety of succulents seeds, CactusPlaza got you covered. You’ll find rare and exotic succulent seeds that you can hardly get anywhere else.

Amazon

A simple search of succulent seeds on this mammoth marketplace will yield you some valuable results. Be sure to read reviews to establish the legitimacy of the supplier. Besides, it’s worthwhile noting that most seeds come from Asia so they may take a while to reach you.

Growing Succulent Seeds

Growing succulents from seeds successfully is a combination of various factors. It goes without saying that having the right tools for the job will get the work done effortlessly.

Supplies and tools needed

  • Authentic succulent or cacti seeds.
  • Well draining cacti potting mix.
  • Shallow planting tray with multiple holes for draining.
  • Plant dome or your typical shower cap will work.

Preparation

Before sowing or planting your succulent seeds, it’s important to have the correct substrate. This is a central determining factor in the growth of your seeds and so you want to be keen on this one.

Succulent seeds will do well in a potting substrate that is rich in sand. In other words, very coarse and well-draining. Builder’s sand or Horticultural sand can both fit pretty well. In case they’re out of reach, you can mix a portion of regular soil with perlite and grit.

We highly recommend this soil mix by Bonsai Jack. It is one of the best soil mixes on the market. It doesn’t need to be mixed with any other soil, it helps fight root rot, perfectly pH Balanced & is pathogen-free (ie: won’t kill your plants). This soil is the go-to for our office plants.

 

To eliminate pathogens in regular succulent soil, you can sterilize the mixed substrate by baking it in an oven at 300 degrees F for no more than 35 minutes. If that’s not viable for you, a microwave can also come in handy. 10 minutes will be enough.

Let the soil cool down before proceeding to fill the planting tray.

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Fill your planting tray with substrate mix

Ensure your planting tray is free from old soil by giving it a thorough wash.

Next, fill it up with your newly prepared potting mix about half an inch below the tray’s edge.

Wet the soil and let the water drain through the holes at the bottom of the tray. This is important as it ensures the small succulent seeds stick to the soil until they develop roots.

Planting your succulent seeds

Succulent seeds are extremely tiny, almost microscopic. They can easily be blown away by the wind so do this in a sheltered area. You can place them on the palm of your hands to have an easier time nudging them onto the tray.

Plant the seeds by spreading them gently on the surface of the soil being careful to leave enough space between them. The larger their size when growing, the wider the spaces needed. In case you’re using a tray that’s divided into cells, let each cell hold one or two seeds.

Since succulent seeds are super small, avoid covering them with soil. This is because the small plants won’t make it to the surface before their stored food is depleted and so they die.

If growing different succulents at the same time, it’s recommended that you grow each type in a separate tray. The reason for this is, each variety will germinate at a certain pace and hence it will be much easier to give each of them suitable growing conditions.

Most seeds will fail to germinate unless the air has some degree of humidity. You can quickly solve this by covering the tray with a dome or shower cap until they begin sprouting. Move them to a brightly lit area away from direct sunlight and ensure the temperature is at 70 degrees F.

Also, let the soil remain moist.

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The waiting begins

Your seeds may take anywhere between a few days to several weeks to begin growing. This depends on the type of succulent, temperature, and light conditions. Some varieties may even take up to one year for them to sprout. (Talk about patience…)

Once your seeds start sprouting, remove the dome or shower cap as excess humidity will make them rot. As they continue to grow, keep the soil moist for the first two weeks. Watering is important at this point since their roots are actively developing.

After the roots are developed, wait for the soil to dry out before watering. This is roughly two and a half weeks after sowing. Slowly introduce them to more light but keep them out of direct sunlight.

Replanting your succulent

Once your seeds have sprouted and fully matured, it’s time to set them up in individual pots. However, you need to ensure your plants are mature enough to survive to transplant. This involves a lot of handling and they may be damaged in the process. You can always give them more time to mature if they seem fragile. Generally, you can replant them 4-6 months after sowing.

Replanting succulents is fairly easy. Clear the soil at the base of the plant and gently lift it up. After the plant comes off, remove the old soil from the soil also getting rid of dead roots. Fill up a medium-sized pot with new well-draining cacti mix and stick the plant on it. Wait a few days and then water your plant as you would any succulent.

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There we have it! Growing succulents from seeds isn’t so bad is it? (I know, the waiting part is the worst). Let us know how your succulents grew if you’re trying to grow them from seeds.

What was the best tip you read about in this article? Let us know below, we’re curious. Thanks for reading and happy planting! ?

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Easiest Way to Take Care of Aeonium Arboreum

Most succulents thrive on neglect, and the Aeonium arboreum plant is no exception. As long as you don’t completely forget to water it, it’ll probably survive! It’s the perfect plant for people with black thumbs and people who don’t have a lot of time to tend to their plants.

These succulents aren’t just easy to care for—they’re also super beautiful! They have long branching stems and big rosettes in colors like green and maroon. They remind us a lot of Echeveria and Hens and Chicks. If you like those succulents, you’ll love this one for sure!

Even though Aeonium arboreum plants are pretty easy to take care of, there are a few things that can kill them. So stick with us and keep reading to learn all about aeonium care!

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Planting Aeonium

Most Aeoniums are native to the Canary Islands. Because they’ve adapted to a coastal environment, they like a little more moisture than other succulents.

To give our Aeoniums a little more moisture, we like to plant them in a less porous soil blend than the one we plant our other succulents in. We blend a little bit of regular potting soil with our favorite succulent soil to create a soil blend that retains just a little more moisture.

Two parts succulent soil to one part potting soil is what we like to go for. It’ll drain a little slower than regular succulent soil and keep the Aeoniums moist, but not too moist. We don’t want to cause root rot!

Speaking of roots, did you know that Aeoniums have shallow root systems? Aeonium arboreum plants can get to be up to four feet tall, so you’d expect them to have deep roots. But even tall Aeoniums can survive in fairly shallow containers because of their shallow root systems.

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Because Aeoniums don’t need a lot of soil, they make great container plants! They look great in stylish indoor planters like this one and only need to be replanted in bigger containers about once every three years. The best time to repot them is in the fall, during their active growing season.

After we replant our Aeoniums in a bigger container, we give them a few days to acclimate to their new pot before we water them. This gives them a chance to root and helps prevent root rot.

Another thing to keep in mind when you’re planting Aeonium is that their branches are pretty fragile. They have a tendency to snap right off, so you have to be careful when handling your plant!

If a few branches pop off, don’t worry! You can leave them to scab over for a few days and then replant them. They should take root and form brand new plants! We’ll talk about this more later.

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Watering Aeonium Arboreum Plants

Aeoniums do like a little more moisture than other succulents, but you still can’t go crazy with the watering can! You should only water your Aeoniums when the top layer of soil feels pretty dry. You’ll probably end up watering them about once a week.

During the summer months, when they’re dormant, you should cut back on the water. Watering them once a month should be enough during the summer. If your plant is outside and gets some rainwater, it may need even less frequent waterings or no water at all!

You should soak and dry your Aeoniums the same way you do with your other succulents. Before you water them, stick your finger an inch deep into the soil and make sure it’s dry. If it’s still pretty wet, hold off on watering for a little longer.

If the soil feels pretty dry, grab your watering can and soak your Aeoniums until water runs out of the drainage hole of the pot. If your Aeoniums are in the ground, water them until the soil feels wet about an inch down.

One of the few ways to kill your Aeoniums is by overwatering them, so make sure you follow the soak and dry method! Otherwise, they’re pretty chill plants that can withstand a lot!

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Fertilizer Requirements

Aeonium arboreum plants grow during the winter and spring, which is the best time to fertilize them. You should fertilize them with a balanced, water soluble fertilizer, diluted to half strength. So if the directions say to dissolve 1 tablespoon of fertilizer into a gallon of water, you’d only use ½ tablespoon. You can fertilize them up to once a month during their growing season.

Remember not to fertilize your Aeonium arboreum plants during the summer months—that’s when they go dormant!

Light and Temperature Requirements

If you keep your Aeonium arboreum plants inside, then you should put them near the brightest window in your home.

Outside, though, these plants prefer partial shade to full sun, especially during the summer months when the sun really beats down on them. They do best with bright but indirect sunlight, so provide them with some light shade to prevent them from burning in the hot sun.

Aeonium arboreum plants generally don’t like cold temperatures. They can survive for short periods of time in 25 degree weather, but they can’t handle long winter freezes without turning into popsicles. So if you live in an area that gets lots of cold weather and snow, bring your Aeonium arboreum plants in for the winter to keep them nice and toasty!

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Can Pests Kill Aeoniums?

Pests and overwatering are kryptonite for Aeoniums! Pests like mealybugs and spider mites are aggressive and can kill your plant if you let the infestation go on long enough.

That’s why it’s important to recognize when an infestation is happening and nip it in the butt quickly! Mealybugs are white and fuzzy, so they’re often mistaken for mold. Spider mites are a little harder to see and identify. The first signs of damage will be brown or yellow spots on the leaves of your plant. As the infestation continues, you might notice webbing on the plant that looks like spider webs.

Both of these types of infestations can stunt your plant’s growth, cause damage to its leaves, and even kill it if it goes on for too long. Yikes!
But there is something you can do to help! You can spray your plant with insecticidal sprays or neem oil. To curb a mealybug infestation, you can also spray your plant with some rubbing alcohol if you put it in a spray bottle. Keep spraying your plant until the bugs are gone. Make sure you move any infected plants away from the rest of your plant collection too so the pests don’t spread!

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Aeonium Propagation

If one of the stems of your Aeonium arboreum plant falls off when you’re repotting it or falls over because it’s too heavy, you can propagate that stem to create a brand new plant instead of discarding it.

You can also take a cutting directly from the plant underneath one of the rosettes. Just grab a sharp garden knife and cut the stem about 5 or so inches beneath one of the rosettes.

Before you plant your cuttings, you’ll have to let the cut ends heal over for a few days. Wait until the cut sides have scabbed over completely before you plant your cuttings in succulent soil.

Once they’re planted, keep them in a location that gets bright, indirect sunlight and water them regularly. Over the next few weeks you’re going to want to keep the soil barely moist at all times. When the plants take root you can put them on the same watering schedule as your mature Aeonium arboreum plants.

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Now that you know how to take care of Aeonium arboreum plants, are you going to go out and buy a few? The next time we go to the nursery we’re definitely going to grab a couple! Let us know if they’re on your wishlist too in the comments section below!

Better yet, let us know if you have this in our exclusive Succulent Plant Lounge. Every day we have exclusive members giving each other tips and tricks on how to take care of their succulent babies, we know you’d like this too!

Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If not, no worries. Succulent City is devoted to aiding all succulent lovers, and that’s why we created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on Essential Tools for Planting the Best Succulents or even The Correct Way to Water Succulents today!

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