Pachyphytum hookeri - 20 seeds
Pachyphytum hookeri - 20 seeds
Pachyphytum is a small genus of succulent plants in the Crassulaceae family, native from Mexico. The name of the genus comes from the ancient Greek words “pachys”, meaning “thick” and “phyton”, meaning “plant”.
Pachyphytum will not tolerate frosts well. Temperatures below 20 °F (-6 °C) will kill the plant, and temperatures which may go below 45 °F (7 °C) during extended period should be avoided. Pachyphytum tolerates high heat and intense sunlight. As with most Crassulaceae, Pachyphytum can tolerate (and even appreciated) poor soil conditions, so long as it is well draining. Pachyphytum can thrive in full or partial sunlight. Allow the soil to dry out before watering, and be careful to avoid getting water on the leaves. In winter, the plants will require more water, as winter begins its active growth season. If you are unsure when to water your Pachyphytum, watch the lower most leaves for signs of drying and water them then. Pachyphytum is FAR more likely to survive under-watering than over-watering. The thick fleshy leaves will appear wilted and a bit “under-full” when they need water.
ike any other succulent plant, the soil must have good drainage and must be porous because, in this way, the roots of the plant can expand without any problem. There are different ways to prepare the adequate substrate for Pachyphytum plants. The most common is using a combination of a substrate for succulents and pearlite or sand.
When choosing the right container to sow the Pachyphytum seeds, you have two options, to opt for a seed tray or sowing in a small pot, then transplant. Whatever you choose, you will need a plastic wrap, a glass, a paper, or something that serve as a cover for the pot.
Once you choose the container of your preference, proceed to fill it with the substrate and Add plenty of water and leave the container, so that the water has some time to decant.
The Pachyphytum seeds are quite small it is understandable that maybe, you do not want to touch them with your hands, in this case, you can use a white paper or something flat that allows you to spread the seeds over the soil. Then, with the tool you chose, gently press the seeds on the substrate. If you proceed to this process with your hands, be careful, and do not mash them or let them slip from your hands to the floor.
Cover the pot with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic bag to keep air humidity. Do not open it until successful germination. If there is enough humidity inside bags there will be no need to open it and water again. If soil is drying out during germination process that means that it isn’t watered well or not covered good with zip bag or similar.
Maintain temperature of 18°C-21°C (65°F-70°F) but during the night it can go down to 15°C (59°F).
Once the seedlings are visible, and you remove the cover, you have to little by little let the seedlings get accustomed to the sunlight.
Pachyphytum plants love the sun (when they are already plants and not seedlings), they can support direct sunlight, but there are occasions when the sun is quite intense that the plants need to be in a small shade. Despite the fact, these plants are sun lovers they can also support a shadowy place, though, this may lead to foliage less bright, and flowers may differ from the plants that grew with sunlight. The perfect temperature in winter for these plants should not exceed 5º C (41º F), for summer the maximum temperature is 35º C (95º F). When winter comes you should keep the substrate as dry as possible, in this way, they can withstand the cold.
During the growing phase, it is recommendable to use fertilizer once a month. The cacti fertilizer works well with Pachyphytum seeds. However, you can use one of your preference.
Finally, when the plants are ready to transplant do not forget to remove the weak ones, only transplant the most robust and biggest. Keep in mind that weak plants are prone to contract more diseases so, it is not a good idea to maintain them.