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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 3, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Well I was going to order some plants this month but I decided to get seeds instead.
Because they would be funner, cheaper, and I could get more species this way.

Here is a list of the seeds I got off ebay:


Aloe Christmas Carol
Aloe Polyphylla Seeds~Spiral Aloe succulent cactus seeds
Aloe cultivar FIRE CORAL exotic hybrid rare color succulesucclent
Euphorbia Mix succulent cactus seeds
KALANCHOE variety mix @@ rare plant exotic succulent seed
Crassula capitella - campfire plant

I want the goal of this thread to help me and others who see this thread to grow succulents from seed. And as the seeds sprout and the plants grow I will keep you updated with pics. I hope this will be a long and fun thread. Green Grin!

So any infomation on growing the seeds I just ordered?
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 3, 2013 11:54 AM CST
I guess everyone has their own ways. The way I go is; I use those take home containers with the clear plastic lids. I use a regular potting soil mix with 50 % sand. The lay the seeds on top. The soil is moist not wet. Lightly cover and keep in a warm spot even in darkness untill you see sprouts. Then all the light (but not direct sun) you can give them. Below is a try I did at some cactus seeds.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 3, 2013 6:43 PM CST
Keep us posted!
Name: Alex Volker
Ames, IA (Zone 5a)
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cherokeealex
Oct 3, 2013 7:33 PM CST
Oooh, exciting! The only succulents I've tried growing from seed so far are Adenium obesum and Lithops. The adeniums are doing great. The lithops are alive at least, I think they're doing alright. They grow so slowly it's hard to tell. Looking forward to hearing how your seed adventures go!
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 4, 2013 6:39 PM CST
I just ordered another kalanchoe seed mix. When all these sprout and grow I'll sell the extras because I could use the money and if I can't sell them I may just give them away.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 5, 2013 3:48 AM CST
Thumbs up sounds like a good plan.
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 5, 2013 4:21 AM CST
Now you have me wanting to order succulent and cactus seeds Adam! Smiling
Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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Eviesmummy
Oct 5, 2013 4:32 AM CST
I started Aloe Polyphylla in December last year. I started them in a bagie in a well draining soil and fine grit mix, covered with only a fine layer - they need light to germinate.
I tried a few methods.
I put some in a heated propagator but none of those germinated.
The ones I put on the window ledge did eventually come but they took a long time, I'd basically given up on them but not gotten around to throwing them out before I noticed growth, so don't give up on them!
I also sprouted some in water. These ones germinated much faster and with over 80% success rate, BUT transferring them to soil is very tricky. The seeds themselves aren't small but the emerging root is very delicate, no matter how careful I was with them most of them didn't make it after transfer.

If I was starting them again I'd definitely do in on the windowsill, takes longer but the results are stronger healthier seedlings that have more chance of maturing into plants.

Mine have been very slow growing, I put them outside when the weather began to break in late spring, but we had an awful start to the summer, cool temps and even late hail storms. I also made the mistake of not giving them enough light at first, I was afraid of burning them but here in the UK they NEED full sun to grow. I now have one really good looking plant - if a bit small and several other mediocre looking ones that I'm hoping will pep up a bit next summer. I'm hoping to acquire a cold frame if we move house before the frost sets in, but if the move doesn't happen soon I'll over wintering them indoors and hope for the best.

I hope that helps a bit!
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I'm waiting for the post man to drop a packet of Lithops seeds through my letterbox this morning, I love starting from seed, it's so exciting to see what emerges!

Kate UK
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 5, 2013 4:37 AM CST
Good job Kate, A. polyphylla is notoriously difficult! Thumbs up
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 5, 2013 6:34 PM CST
That's why I'm going to do a lot of research this month on A. polyphylla before I sow indoors in november.
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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 8, 2013 9:54 AM CST
I'm going to plant my seeds this month because I decided to get the equipment I need this month.
I decided to use the water medthod with my aloe polyphylla seed since alot of people say it gives the highest germination rate.
So yesterday I put them in a cleaned out peanut jar with some water. I read on another fourm that the trick to transfering them to potting medium is to make a hole in the potting medium, pick them up with something like the tip of a pencil, gently lay them in the hole, and water the dirt in around them don't push the dirt in around them.
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 8, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Good luck. I was usually successful with germination but it was the growing that I usually lost most. Looking forward to learning something here. Keep us posted with pictures if you can.
Stush
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Arkansas Container Gardener Seed Starter Miniature Gardening
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adamgreen
Oct 9, 2013 7:28 AM CST
Well I just planted my christmas carol aloe, fire coral aloe, Euphorbia Mix, and kalanchoe mix seeds.
I have a question how long after they germinate should they stay sealed in the bags?
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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Eviesmummy
Oct 9, 2013 8:43 AM CST
You'll probably get lots of varied answers here, but I usually open my bags once a good percentage have germinated, I've lost lots to damping off if I leave them closed too long, so I tend to play it safe.
Kate UK
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 9, 2013 11:20 AM CST
I agree, ASAP. By the way, where did you buy yours seeds? I just may want to try some. Maybe even have a contest here. That would be fun. Thumbs up
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 14, 2013 11:31 AM CST
7 of my Euphorbia Mix seeds germinated on saturday. Green Grin!
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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Arkansas Container Gardener Seed Starter Miniature Gardening
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adamgreen
Oct 14, 2013 11:32 AM CST
also I bought them off of ebay.
When the past is forgotten it is destined to be repeated.
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 14, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Adam,
Good going. Hope the transplant goes ok.
I just harvested a small handful of Daylily seeds from their dried up seed pods. They are Tepitrols and do have some nice offspring. I did this before and ended up with about 10 new plants that I have never seen before. It took two years before they bloomed but was worth it. One summer my neighbor did me a favor and weeded my yard which was next to his and pulled out all the hybrids thinking it was wild grass. I was working over time for the past few weeks and was too tired to do gardening. So all I could do was say thanks. Easy come, easy go.
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 15, 2013 9:22 AM CST
My fire coral aloe seeds have started to germinate too. Green Grin!
When the past is forgotten it is destined to be repeated.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 15, 2013 9:42 AM CST
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