I have mentioned before that one thing I have never been good at is growing plants from seed. Succulents should be easy, simply scatter the seeds onto compost, cover lightly and then place in a plastic bag in a warm place. Depending on the variety you will get seedlings appearing after as little as a week. Leave for another week, remove from the bag and place in a propagator so you can reduce the damp over a few days. Water carefully until they are on their 2nd or 3rd leaf and split into pots.
Simple, or so it should be. I can get to the seedling stage without problems and then it all goes wrong. I always seem to end up with 5 or 6 that survive, no matter how many I plant. A sensible person would have stopped by now but for some reason every year I continue to torment myself with a few sets of seeds. This year it was aloe polyphylla (I'll cover that in a different post), echeveria agavoides 'ebony' and a hybrid echeveria subrigida x peacockii.
You wont be surprised to know that out of the 100 seeds I have 5 left. They are still small but some are already starting to show the very dark tips (you need to look very closely to notice). Time will tell if they will stay like this.
The second set sounded like it could produce something interesting. Echeveria subrigida is one of the best echeverias and if kept pristine is a beautiful specimen plant. Echeveria peacockii is one of the pale blue / white varieties. Again 5 or 6 seedlings have reached the stage when I stop worrying about them, and at least one is looking very pale.
For me it is partly the search for that unusual plant I hope for; the almost white, or dark tips, or even better variegated plant. It seems there will always be an excuse to torment myself. Who knows one day I may actually crack the seedling stage.