How to plant succulents with seeds and leaves?
Of all the plants that we can grow in a garden or a house, succulents are perhaps one of the most numerous and popular groups. This is because they are very beautiful plants from an aesthetic perspective, but also because they are the ones that best clean the air (especially important in the floors of large cities) since they are easy to care for.
However, if you are considering how to plant succulents, it is important that you consider a number of very important factors.
How to plant succulents?
On the one hand, seeds can be obtained directly at a gardening store. Once planted, they will grow like any common plant, although it is important to bear in mind that succulents are characterized by fairly slow growth, so it may take some time before the new succulent looks like an adult plant.
Plant succulents with leaves of adult plants
On the other hand, to grow succulents we can also make use of cuttings from other adult plants, which is usually much more efficient because they have a somewhat higher growth rate compared to the newly germinated plants. For this, it will be enough to cut a branch with some leaves and, before planting it in a new pot or soil, we will place it sometime in a container with water. This will allow the plant to develop some roots in the submerged zone which will allow it to grip with greater strength when the transplant is performed.
In general, leaving the cutting in water for a week will be more than enough time. Keep in mind that succulent plants do not tolerate moisture well, so if left for a long time, although they would develop roots, they are likely to rot. In this way, it is best to leave the cutting in water for a few days and, once the roots have started to develop, transplant it to the ground and irrigate it abundantly just after the transplant. Keep reading how to germinate seeds.
Types of succulents
Succulent plants are a variety of plants that are characterized by storing much water inside. In this sense, they act just like cactus. However, succulent plants do not have leaves in the form of thorns like these, but they keep their leaves like the rest of the usual plants, although, in this case, they will be recognized because they appear to be swollen because of the storage of the water.
There are many types of succulents and, no doubt, you should have seen them somewhere, probably in the form of ornamental plants indoors or some outdoors. They are characterized by growing in dry places, in some cases even in deserts. In this sense, they are usually found in rocks and in areas with poor soils. Some of the best-known succulents are the jade plant, aloe vera or agave.
Care of succulents
To take care of your succulent plant, you should keep the following in mind:
One of the most important aspects that we have to take into account when caring for succulents is that they do not tolerate excess water well. Therefore, although it is important that when the soil is dry, we must ensure that the soil has dried before the next irrigation, as well as to prevent water from accumulating in the bottom plate of this type of plants.
Land for planting succulents
On the other hand, they are also plants that are adapted to very sandy and poor soils. In part, this also influences the humidity of the terrain itself. In fact, the more sandy and poor the soil, the better the drainage, which will prevent puddles.
In this sense, the best we can do is place our succulent plant in a soil that is not usual for indoor plants and, if we do, mix the previous substrate with sand to provide better drainage and reduce excess nutrients.
Succulents: inside or outside?
Finally, we must also bear in mind that succulents need well-ventilated spaces with abundant light. This does not mean that we should put them in direct sunlight, especially if it is small plants located in pots, as they could burn.
But it is important that succulents have good access to indirect light and, in addition, that they are in dry and well-ventilated places. In this sense, a bathroom would not be a good place for a plant of these characteristics, although it is an ornamental element used quite often in these rooms.
How to plant succulents with seeds and leaves? Of all the plants that we can grow in a garden or a house, succulents are perhaps one of the most numerous and popular groups. This is because they
Why Kevin Jodrey Gave Away CBD for Free
After years of growing cannabis in California’s illicit market, Kevin Jodrey emerged in the 2000s to serve California’s medical cannabis market. In 2008, he became the Cultivation Director at the Humboldt Patient Resource Center (HPRC), one of the oldest cannabis dispensaries in the country, to help isolate strong CBD genetics from Cannatonic, a famous CBD strain bred by Resin Seeds in Spain.
What followed was a discovery of potent CBD cannabis genetics that opened the eyes of the medical community and inspired individuals like Jodrey to do something drastic—give it away.
Leafly: When did you first see high-CBD genetics?
Kevin Jodrey: Around 2009, when Jamie of Resin Seeds came to Humboldt with the original Cannatonic line. He provided it to Dr. William Courtney who reached out to a grower named Dready Aaron. They brought the stock to me over at HPRC because they needed a place to legally hold it and sift it for unique phenos.
At the time, I was the cultivation director of the resource center and I agreed to allow them to conduct their research in the facility. Together we started locating the outlier cultivars.
After the CBD strains began to surface, what came next?
Jodrey: In 2012, I purchased Grass, which is now the Wonderland Nursery [in Humboldt, California]. At this point, I had a CBD collection I had put together from the HRPC in my possession, in addition to stock from Lawrence Ringo. We had the genetics, but we quickly realized that the people who needed medicinal cannabis could not afford it.
“I met people who had successful careers earlier in life but were now struggling financially from health issues. So my partner, William Pedro, and I decided to give away the strains for free.”
I met a tremendous number of people who had successful careers earlier in life but were now struggling financially from health issues. With this issue we couldn’t figure out a way to bill the customers, so my partner, William Pedro, and I decided to give away the strains for free.
At this time, our business manager, Luke Bruner, came up with the term, “Free CBD for the People” and put an ad out in the local paper advertising the start of the CBD program.
Explain the CBD program for us.
Jodrey: Financed by THC-dominant clone sales at Wonderland Nursery, between 2013-2017, we gave away upwards of 150,000 CBD clones. William Pedro was the production manager at the nursery making sure that all of the stock was healthy while a consistent stream of clones were being produced for the program.
Additionally, we provided information to patients on how to cultivate strains while allowing them to access laboratory testing for free—this allowed patients to start their own breeding projects. It was important to build seed lines, because to a lot of the patients, clones took too much energy to keep alive.
On top of this, at the time there was very little stabilized CBD stock, so it took immense knowledge, effort, and testing to help stabilize genetics. All of this work from start to finish was provided for free by the CBD program at Wonderland Nursery.
Why else did you decide to make the CBD program free?
Jodrey: Our desire was to empower people to do it on their own; we didn’t want them to be dependent. People laughed at me like I was a nut because I wanted to give away a couple million dollars in plants and teach everybody how to basically take me out of business. But when I got into medical cannabis, I was sensitized to the people I met. I couldn’t believe that people were struggling this badly.
“It’s rare in life that you can do something that’s way bigger than you. I saw that opportunity and took it. ”
I never had the opportunity to help people like this before. I was never a bad guy when I worked in the black market, but it’s very rare in life that you are put into a position where you can do something that’s way bigger than you. I saw that opportunity and took it.
Aside from directly helping people, what other goals did you have for the program?
Jodrey: I realized that I could do something that no one had ever done before, and that I could change the perception of how the mainstream saw cannabis. By giving value to cannabis as a multi-use tool, we could show that there are people who use cannabis for mental enrichment while others can use it for physical ailments.
This incredible push to get CBD into the mainstream and to help out so many people for free allowed these individuals who had terrible misconceptions about cannabis to have the opportunity to change their minds. The only reason people were coming to us was that they or their loved ones were about to die, and with necessity comes validity. When you need it and it works, then it becomes valid.
Alongside the CBD program, you also produced large quantities of cannabis green drinks. Can you share a bit about this?
Jodrey: I used to go on the radio and ask for fan leaves and plant material for juicing and people would bring van loads fresh from their farms. I would take it, juice it, and send it to the lab for analysis to make sure there were no contaminants. Once it was cleared, I would give it away for free.
We had the largest juicing program in the country, and it was free. A lot of people volunteered, including the Bud Sisters who would come in and often spend 8 hours a day, a few days a week, running the juicing machine and then help distribute the medicine to those who needed it.
(Courtesy of Kevin Jodrey)
Why isn’t the CBD program around anymore?
Jodrey: Because of Prop 64 [which legalized recreational cannabis in California], you can no longer give away cannabis products without paying taxes and the cost of production is so high that it’s difficult to pay those taxes. What we are doing now is going back into CBD material to do medicinal genomics—we are going through the gene pile to look for other interesting cannabinoids that seem to be trending in terms of desirability for new explorations.
I may not be able to give away the products that I gave away for all these years, but I can still give away the information and I can still help people understand how to utilize it while helping to network the community.
What compounds should we be on the lookout for when it comes to medicinal cannabis?
Jodrey: Right now, I would say CBG, because it is a precursor for almost all cannabinoids—they all come from CBG. CBG is the base cannabinoid; many would say that CBG will probably be what CBD is now in a few years. Scientists are finding out all the different impacts that cannabinoids have, and if you pay attention you can start to see where the interest lies. I pay attention to what medical science is saying, and then we can start the genomic chase.
We talked to Wonderland Nursery founder and CBD breeder Kevin Jodrey about how he discovered and distributed potent CBD genetics.