I bought about 300 Snake Plant (Sansevieria) seeds as they ship better than full plants typically.

I've been having a lot of trouble getting them to grow and have found very little information on doing it optimally as every resource assumed you have access to a fully grown Snake Plant.

How much water ?

How much light (lux) ?

  • What have you tried? Remember you have 300 seeds. Plenty to experiment with and plenty to try again. Have you tried (10) seeds in a moist paper towel, moist not dripping, kept in a ziploc bag? Kind of a generic way to germinate lots of different kinds of seeds. Warmth is critical, 65 degrees F to 75 degrees F. In a day or two you should see seeds with a white root. Gently transplant into POTTING SOIL OR germination soil. Use a dome to protect from rodents and increase the humidity. The soil needs to be warm, stay moist not wet. Go purchase a great grow light. A fan should be blowing
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 4:32
  • @stormy - Well I'm using a 100 watt Veg LED light about 3 feet from the surface in a bookshelf grow area. I think I may have been overdoing the light and dropped it to 15 minutes every hour (6 hours a day). I threw a couple seeds in a tiny seed starter pot and put it under a 9 watt LED and they are growing. I actually dropped 100 the first batch (all dead) and 100 the second batch (some showing life now) so only about 90 left :P Temp as been pretty stable between 65-75.
    – Enigma
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 20:59
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    I only use grow lights for germination primarily for the heat. There are seeds that need light to germinate, I've recently learned but think about this. The seed is in DARK under the soil. How the heck light can do anything but warm the soil is beyond me! I am a firm believer that plants need darkness and routine they can count upon. Light is critical once there is green growth above the surface but to have a nighty night time is just duh howdy. Us humans have the toughest time trying to outdo the natural world, tch tch tch. Stability, routine, mimicking what nature gives is important!
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:31
  • When these seeds come up with their green cotyledons that light will be important. Send a pic of your setup. Just because a light is called a Veg light doesn't mean it is a grow light. Never heard that term anyhoo. Oh I believe you, marketers use anything and everything to sell. So you have 100 seeds left, yes? Don't use any more than 5 to 10 seeds per trial. There is no hurry. Your lights should be a minimum of 300, I don't use less than 400 watts. Use the link I sent and just try to get a few to germinate then use your light. Check the height and temps! Don't cook 'em. Also a fan
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:41
  • The small 9w starter is showing some green leaves now - looks promising but was hoping to have a whole lot growing at once in the other setup. I'll get some lumen readings on the light I'm using but it's far from insignificant. It's this light: amazon.com/Advanced-Platinum-P300-12-band-Grow/dp/B00NTBS91Y - which is definitely complete overkill for snake plants hence the 15 minutes an hour. Honestly I may need less but was wondering if anyone knew.
    – Enigma
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 14:56

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These are not usually grown from seed, because of genetic variability (the plants are usually grown for specific variegation patterns). When propagated by leaf cuttings, the variegation is not retained. That's why people usually propagate by division. But you can grow them from seed. It's not extremely hard.

  • Soil: Use a sandy, free draining cactus mix
  • Water: Just enough to keep the soil from drying completely, Not wet.
  • Temperature: between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.
  • Light: Bright indirect light Around 500-800 lux) until the plant reaches the 3 leaf stage. You don't need much light right as the seed germinates, as that can cause drying.
  • Fertilizer: None, until the plant reaches the 3 leaf stage. at that point, it should be done drawing energy from the seed, and is relying on nutrients from the growing medium.

Here is a link, have you read this? growing snake plant via seed

  • Please read this meta post.
    – J. Musser
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 20:21
  • J.Musser...I know you are trying to help me but please tell me what I am supposed to learn from this meta post. Am I not sending links properly?
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:45
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    Hi stormy! I can't speak for @J.Musser and hope he'll correct me if I'm wrong. I think that post is saying we shouldn't write answers that are links, without adding information that's in the link. Answers, like the awesome ones you write, stay here for years, but off site links don't. If someone comes around later & the page from the link is gone, the answer can't help anyone. We have a page in our help center that says that link-only answers can get deleted. If you just edit in what people can learn from the link, I think it should be fine! I hope I helped! Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 2:59
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    Stormy, I'm sorry for being unclear. What we want is original answers on our site, with the links to outside sites used as references, or further reading - rather than comprising the post entirely. I tried to make an example of that in this answer. (links used as references, and any copied text is attributed and in quotes) Thanks again for all your effort!
    – J. Musser
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 16:31
  • Ahhh. Was not thinking about links being temporary. Interesting. Hey, I usually answer the question IF I know enough to answer and yeah, I am verbose. THEN I go out to find a link to substantiate what I have tried to explain. 'Cause I was told that adding links was important. So, let me get this straight, sometimes I need special classes grins...my answers aren't complete or does it seem I am repeating the articles I add, or just that links need to now be just additional information to use until the link is gone or changed?
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 21:12

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