Growing Bunny Ear Succulents from Seeds
Succulents have been garnering all the fame recently with their miniature size and exotic colors. And the bunny ear succulent is one such adorable plant that becomes to be famous recently in the succulent field, thanks to its slender, straight bunny ear leaves. Despite its popularity, it isn't easy finding a healthy and mature bunny succulent plant. Most bunny ear succulents are sold as seeds in the market. This is why you need to grow bunny succulents from seeds if you want to add them to your collection. It is comparatively hard to grow succulents from seeds rather than the usual propagation method.
However, with good quality seeds and know the necessary knowledge beforehand, you can easily grow a bunny succulent plant by yourself. It only takes a little effort, just following the process below, you’ll do it well!
How to grow bunny succulents from seeds?
First of all, you should know that their growing period occurs in winter and they go dormant in summer, it's better to start cultivating them in winter or early fall. But remember, there is a bit of difference between cold and freezing. Make sure you do not leave them out in freezing temperatures.
We call this way cotton and moist method. Sow your seeds on a wet cotton pad and at a moderate temperature, so they have ample time to germinate before their dormancy period. Please make sure the cotton is moist continually. You will see the seeds sprouting within 3 days.
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Repot your seeds
After 7 days, it is time to transfer them to a pot. Before you transfer your sprouts, make sure you have the right kind of soil or potting mixture. Any well-draining soil mixture will work, or 3 parts mineral and 1 part of the soil.
Fill up your pot with the mixture. Now, transfer the cotton pad with sprouts into the pot, and sprinkle another layer of sand. Since bunny ear succulents have tiny seeds, you cannot sow them deep into the soil. A fine layer of sand is enough. Water the top slightly once a day during the first month.
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You will see most of them grow bunny ears in about three months. At this stage, you should only water them once every 3 days and give them a thorough soak once in a while. If you see stress colors appearing, limit their light exposure to 6 hours a day for a few days until the color comes back. Bunny ear plants grow best in partial shade or indirect light, making them easy to care for. While their original color is green, stress may turn them purple or orange.
After 4 months, you should cut down the watering frequency to every 4 days and in-depth watering once a month. You can cut down on the watering even more as they grow, coming down to once a week.
Do not panic if the growth slows down sometimes. It is completely normal for bunny succulent plants to stop growing during summers. They will resume their growth once fall starts.
How to care for bunny succulents?
Unlike some delicate succulent plants, bunny succulent care is not complicated at all. You only need to have the right potting mix, 6-8 hours of sunlight, and regular but spaced watering. Here are a few simple tips to ensure healthy succulent growth:
- Use succulent soil to provide well drainage.
- Make sure the temperature is not freezing but moderate.
- In case of strong winds, keep them indoors; otherwise, they may blow away.
- Water them properly during the growing season and cut down the frequency during summers when they are dormant.
- Provide sufficient light for up to 6 hours every day.
Growing bunny ear succulents from seeds may be time-consuming, but the end results make the process worth it. It can take around five years to get that ideal bunny ear leaves on your plant, but you will get there. The fuzzy bunny ear leaves, along with charming white blooms in spring, make them one of the cutest house plants to have.