Echeveria Shaviana Seeds, Rare drought-tolerant succulent
Also known as "Mexican Hens & Chicks" Great house plant
Growing Cactus seeds is fun & rewarding
Echeveria shaviana is a tender, soft, evergreen succulents native to the mountain areas of Nuevo Leon in northern Mexico.It has received the Royal Horticultural Society prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Shaviana has short stems with rosettes filled with smooth, fleshy pale powder blue-gray leaves radiating from the stem.
The edges of the leaves are very ruffled, crinkled, frilly and wavy often with a pink tinge on the edges.
Like most succulents, they need great drainage and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.
Also known as "Mexican Hens & Chicks", Echeveria can produce new offsets or "chicks" around the base of the mother plant. These chicks can be left to form a tidy cluster or removed and transplanted. Additionally, Echeveria can be propagated from stem cuttings or mature
A properly grown echeveria (Echeveria species) is truly beautiful. Thick waxy leaves grow in a rosette fashion tightly packed around a succulent stem that is mostly hidden by the leaves. The spoon-shaped leaves look like flower petals, and the entire plant resembles a rose. Depending on the species or cultivar, the leaves exhibit strong colors like purple, pink, lavender, red, bluish green or gray. Appearance is further enhanced by the presence of a waxy bloom called farina on the leaf surface, which helps prevent water loss. These drought-tolerant succulents are members of the crassula family. Native to Mexico and Central America, there are over 250 species and many different hybrid cultivars. Plants are usually propagated from leaves or offsets, but they can be raised from seed.
For best results, use a cactus soil mix. Buy one or make your own.
Moisten the soil thoroughly.
Sprinkle 6 to 10 seeds on the soil surface. Sprinkle a fine layer of soil or sand on top. Expose growing area to strong indirect light. Real sunlight is most beneficial for seeds, but you can use fluorescent or grow bulbs to sprout them as well.
Seal growing area with glass or plastic, leaving plenty of room over the seeds for ventilation. If possible, maintain a soil temperature of 70-85ºF. Bottom heat is very effective. Good moisture, good drainage, very bright light, heat and aeration are important factors for high germination rates.
Germination will take anywhere between a week to 4 months. Do not give up on your seeds unless you notice fungus. Keeping your soil consistently moist will ensure eventual success.
When seedlings sprout, spray them with a light mist. Don’t let them dry out. Continue protecting them from direct sun light.
For the first few weeks of growth, moisten the soil every 3-4 days. Once the plants are established, water every 3-4 weeks.