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Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Sep 1, 2010 1:48 PM CST
I just bought some sedum dragon's blood seeds and would like to know if anyone has planted sedum from seeds? I did read the information here: http://www.gardenguides.com/77506-plant-sedum-seeds.html

It seems like more trouble to start with seeds than a cutting.

Hope everyone is having a great day!
Linda Thumbs up

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 1, 2010 3:01 PM CST

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Let's see if Jacki has an answer for that question Linda. I know she has grown semps from seed.
Are you out there Jacki?
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 1, 2010 6:04 PM CST
Yup - I'm here!
I have grown Sedum from seed, but in your case, just be aware that your seed won't likely come 'true' and you may get some variations. That's how Voodoo came about as a seedling of Dragon's Blood.

It's a bit late in the year to seed them now, so maybe wait until the spring, or if you have a cold frame you can winter sow them. The seedlings are really tiny! And you're right, they are much more trouble than cuttings.

I usually do them in March or April in rows in an open flat, using Sunshine mix or other well draining sterilized potting soil, and I've had good success with sprinkling turkey grit along the row so it maintains the moisture level while still allowing good drainage.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 1, 2010 6:30 PM CST

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Thumbs up Thank you so much Jacki. Doesn't sound all that bad. Lovey dubby
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 1, 2010 6:41 PM CST
It's fun! I guess I'm just a Geek! Lovey dubby
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Sep 1, 2010 7:34 PM CST
Jacki...Thank you so much! I will wait until spring to try this. The little seeds are so VERY tiny. I'll have to get a magnifying glass to plant/drop them in the soil. While I've got your attention... I tip my hat to you. from reading your article, I can lay leaves in soil and they will make new plants? I still need to finish reading the article Whistling but is the soil dry or moist? Will that work for large and small sedum and semps? I'm so full of questions.... Rolling on the floor laughing

It's a good thing I've been reading the forum for a couple of nights because if I hadn't, I'd have many more questions. I bet if I read some more, these questions would be answered too, but I get excited.... Hilarious! I've been excited since I found this forum....I'm trying to contain myself, but sometimes it's really hard. Lovey dubby
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 2, 2010 1:21 PM CST

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I absolutely love your enthusiasm Linda. That is how most of us feel about these wonderful plants.
So fun to see some one new with such a strong desire to learn and grow in knowledge. Thumbs up
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 2, 2010 1:31 PM CST
I agree Lynn - I love seeing the excitement and enthusiasm!

Linda;
The seed of Sedum is dust! I sprinkle it by the pinch into a shallow groove pressed into the surface of the flat of mix, so you can see which are seedlings when they eventually germinate. Water from below or with a fine mist at first to prevent them from getting washed out.

You can grow many succulents from a leaf - it's a bit slow but if that's all you can get, then go for it. Many Sedum can be propagated this way, as well as Echeveria and most other rosette forming succulents. Many times a leaf falls off onto the surface of the soil and roots all by itself as they are sometimes very loosely attached. As for Semps, I haven't tried this so can't speak to the success you can expect.

I need more tender succulent plants sooner, so I usually behead the mother plant, then it grows lots of smaller rosettes to take its place, which in turn can be cut off for propagation (or crafts).

I use very dry Sunshine mix #4 for most of mine, only watering after about a week to give them a chance to callous. I suggest a copious amount of experimentation to see what methods you prefer - and above all - have fun!
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Sep 4, 2010 10:09 PM CST
Last night at Lowe's there was 2 leaf's laying loose in the tray with the 'Cebenese'. They already have tiny rosette's. I placed them on the top of my plant and showed them to the cashier when checking out. He was like no big deal, you can have them. Wish me luck...they were in a plastic tray with only a small amount of moisture. No soil, sand, or anything. I placed them on top of sand that I have in a small container. I hope I can keep them alive. They are probably from the Echeveria's that were also in the tray. Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 4, 2010 10:38 PM CST

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Take pictures for us Linda so we can watch them as they grow. Lovey dubby
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Sep 4, 2010 10:55 PM CST
I will....I may need to get my good camera out and take a closeup of the baby rosettes. The camera I have been using is a Kodak EasyShare and does ok. I've been afraid to bring my nice one out in the humidity. Sometimes, the little Kodak will not work correctly if the humidity is very high. They will be fun to watch grow from being a tiny rosette on a leaf into a full plant. Thumbs up
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 5, 2010 8:30 AM CST
It takes a while - just don't overwater it! I put mine on DRY soilless mix with extra drainage material - they root in air! What amazing plants.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 28, 2010 11:14 AM CST

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Linda, just wondering how your baby 'Cebenese' are doing?
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 1, 2011 8:50 PM CST

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I am reporting here that Sedum 'Blue Spruce' seeds readily. Little seedlings are coming up everywhere because I left the seed heads on the plant over winter.
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Name: chelle
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Mar 15, 2013 5:37 AM CST
I have W/S sprouts of Sedum Lizard. Hurray! They're especially exciting to me since they're my first wintersown sprouts of the 2013 season, and my first sedum sprouts, ever.

How fun!
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 15, 2013 7:11 AM CST

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Congratulations chelle! Pictures? Smiling
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Name: chelle
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Mar 15, 2013 7:20 AM CST
Tiny green specks at the moment, but I'll get pictures loaded hopefully by this afternoon.

Thanks, Chris. Smiling
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 15, 2013 7:31 AM CST

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Hurray! Yeah Chelle. sedum babies. I can't wait to see the photos of the new born sedum. Where did you get your seed?
Name: chelle
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Mar 15, 2013 7:54 AM CST
Lovey dubby Lynn, the seeds came from a trade. I'm thinking that they came right off the trader's plant late last fall.

Back in a bit with pix. Big Grin
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 15, 2013 8:13 AM CST

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Hurray! Oh boy, a picture. Smiling

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