Are you thinking about growing your houseplants from seeds? Then you are exactly where I was a couple of years back. I have come a long way by learning along the way, so here I am trying to make your experience easier and stress-free.
The beginners would be looking for the easiest houseplants to grow as well as how to grow them. Therefore, here I bring you the basics of growing houseplants from seeds and some easiest houseplants to grow from seed.
How to Grow Indoor Plants from Seed?
Propagating houseplants from stems and leaves is the most common method used for their growth. Growing the indoor plants from seeds is less common, but here are a few reasons for growing the houseplants from seeds.
Why Grow your Houseplants from Seeds?
- First reasons first, growing your houseplants from seeds always results in healthier as well as stronger plants as the plant gets to adapt to the specific conditions of your home (humidity, light, etc.) right from the start.
- The early houseplant seed care enhances the survival rate as compared to the purchased counterparts.
- Growing houseplants from seeds is also less expensive. Getting fully-grown plants is costly while the seeds ate comparatively inexpensive.
Where to Buy Houseplant Seeds?
The seeds of houseplants are not readily available, unlike their flowers, stems, or leaves. Online stores and mail-order catalogs may be your best bet for securing quality seeds. Keep checking your local garden centre’s seed racks in early spring when the seeds are usually on display. Make sure you don’t over order your seeds for propagating your seeds. Houseplants seeds are very tiny and sold by weight. Only the quantity you require while keeping in mind that little seeds go a long way.
Since these seeds grow in tropics, they will germinate even when packaged, which means you can store them for the future. You can even refrigerate these seeds and must keep them dry until they are ready for use.
Propagating Houseplants from Seeds
Here are the steps that will help you propagate houseplants from seeds:
- You will need a small container with drainage holes at the bottom to propagate your houseplants. There are different containers available from paper cups to smaller pots, and flats.
- You must fill up your container with a lightweight growing medium. This will allow enough room for your seeds to swell and let the roots sprout.
- Before you add your seeds to the container water it properly and let the excess water to drain.
- You can use seed treatments to encourage the process of germination. However, they aren’t a necessary part of seed care. You can experiment to find out which one works best for you.
- Sprinkle some seeds on a white sheet. Damp your finger and lightly touch these sprinkled seeds. This allows you to pick seeds enough for each container.
- After putting seeds in each container, make sure to cover them up lightly with your potting medium. Follow this rule of thumb for planting the seeds: the seeds must be sowed three times deeper than their diameter. Some of the houseplants seeds are so tiny like that of African violets that you only need to set them up on the top and not cover them at all.
- You will need to be very careful about watering your seeds until you see any evidence of them germinating. Just keep the soil moist and not wet. Don’t disturb the seeds, keep them away from direct sunlight in a dry and warm place.
- Your houseplants will also need fertilizer. Use a liquid fertilizer or go for fertilizer spikes.
- You must start seeing the results in about two to four weeks depending on the plant species and your efforts.
Keep in mind that the process of growing the houseplants is a long and slow one but the satisfaction it brings is worth it all!
Easy Houseplants to Grow from Seed
As someone new to home gardening, I am sure you must be looking for an easy as well as stress-free experience. So, I have put together a list of the houseplants that are easy to grow from seeds. So, keep reading, or you will miss some great information:
1. Cat Grass
First on our list is the cat grass, also known as the cock’s foot or orchard grass. It is called cat grass as kitties love it, and it is safe for them to consume it as well. As a matter of fact, it is known to be a mood booster for felines.
How to Grow Cat Grass from Seeds?
- Take a shallow and slim container with drainage holes.
- Fill almost ¾ of this container with potting soil.
- Moist the soil and add your seeds.
- Place the container somewhere in your house where it doesn’t receive direct light.
- Wrap the container with plastic and maintain the room temperature.
- Within a week or two, your cat grass should start to appear. At this point, remove the plastic wrap and place it in a room with more sunlight now.
- Allow the grass to grow up to 4 inches before feeding it to your feline friend.
If you are looking for the next level sense of achievement, then you must go for propagating your cactus from seeds. There are many species of cactus that can be grown from seeds.
How to grow Cactus from Seeds?
- Mix potting soil with compost (the compost must be cacti compost or something loamy). The compost must have a moist and gritty texture).
- Push the cacti seeds in the soil and then apply a fine-grit layer over it.
- Cover it with plastic and place in a warm place.
- Allow the seedlings a few weeks to sprout. Once they sprout, remove the plastic.
- Keep misting it between watering to keep it from drying.
- The seedling with taking some time to become cacti.
- Use tweezers and gloves to put each cactus in a separate pot.
3. Living Stone
Living Stone is a very appealing houseplant with its amazing wealth of textures, colours, and shapes. Its name comes from its appearance, which resembles stones.
How to grow Living Stone from Seeds?
- Combine perlite with potting soil in 1:1 ratio. Pour some water on this mixture and put it in a container with drainage holes near its top.
- Put your soil in this container now.
- The living stone seeds require to be covered with a layer of sand or crushed rocks that are around 1/8 inches in thickness.
- Keep your soil moist by misting it during the germination process repeatedly.
- Next, cover it with plastic or a glass pane at this stage.
- Keep the container in direct sunlight and keep it warm.
- Germination can happen as quickly as 2 weeks or as slowly as 12 weeks, so be patient.
- After this period remove the plastic and move your seedlings to separate pots by the one-year mark.
4. Peace Lily
My personal favourite, the peace lily is perfect for the beginners as it produces beautiful white flowers that will give you the ultimate sense of achievement if you grow it from seeds.
How to Grow Peace Lily from Seeds?
- Depending on your seeds, you will require the quantity of soil.
- Once you plant the seeds, blanket them with soil and keep the soil moist.
- The seeds will start turning soft and yellow after some time. These are normal signs of maturity. Having said that, you will still have to wait for years before your first peace lily flower blooms as this plant takes years to fully mature.
5. African Violet
If you wish to grow a houseplant that yields flowers, then go for African Violet. It is from the family of Gesneriaceae that has six to 20 species.
How to Grow African Violet from Seeds?
- You will need a pasteurized peat moss, milled coconut, perlite, or a similar medium for African Violet.
- Keep the medium moist by watering it.
- Transfer this medium to seed starters and water again if needed.
- Next, put the seeds in and cover it with plastic so that the seeds get the right level of humidity.
- Invest in grow lights if you want to grow African violet at home. Make sure the seeds are no farther than 10 inches from the grow lights. Make sure the seeds get 12-14 hours of light daily.
- Once the seedlings reach the two-inch benchmark, transfer them to a pot.
6. English Ivy
If you are looking for a houseplant that grows quickly to an impressive length, then you must go for the English Ivy.
How to grow English Ivy from Seeds?
- The growth process is a bit of a challenge. Refrigerate the seeds for at least two months before you plant them.
- Next, plunk these seeds in a bowl filled with water overnight at room temperature. This will help the seeds to germinate faster.
- Add potting soil layer of ¼ inches in a tray. A single seed for each section of the tray is enough. The seed shouldn’t be buried in the soil but rather sit firmly over it. Maintain the moisture of the soil to allow the seeds to grow but don’t overwater it.