This post takes a little different direction than a lot of the other blog posts on Plantflix- a sillier direction :) I see so many different plant babies on the daily, whether they be from my own mini nurseries, or from photos shared with me by previous customers. I love them! But there are certain plant babies I love seeing the most. They’re just so freaking adorable, I just had to share so that you all can experience some of the joy I get on the daily working with these awesome seeds and seedlings! So kick back and enjoy looking at photos of baby plants :)
1) Dionaea Muscipula ‘Venus Fly Traps’
Oh.my.goodness. Maybe I’m biased because these babies are just a little tougher to get started than your usual seeds, but the tiny first few leaves and traps are so cute! If there’s ever a proud plant mama moment to remember, it’s the moment you see that first teensy little trap emerging out of the soil.
Venus Fly Traps and Carnivorous plants overall are surreal with the way they function, it’s crazy to think that these tiny babies will grow up to be little carnivores and be able to capture insects!
Possibly the most adorable seedlings in my humble opinion, are the Desert Rose or Adenium Obesum seedlings. I don’t really have to explain why they’re on this list, their chunky base and teeny first set of leaves is so cute it’s funny. As they get older they start to lose some of that awkwardness but they’re still pretty adorable :)
I think we can all agree Radermachera Sinica or “China Doll Plants” are adorable through all their growth stages, but I was pleasantly surprised at their very unassuming four-leaf-clover type look when they first sprout. Before I had ever grown these plants myself, I saw photos of the jagged edges on the adult leaves and didn’t think they were particularly interesting looking. However, the experience of growing them from seed and watching them develop and grow into the lovely adult plants they are put China Doll Plants up there along with Syngoniums as some of my favorite houseplant varieties!
The seedlings develop quickly, so in that respect they’re very rewarding to grow. You just have to make sure to provide good humidity, light and repot relatively regularly to keep up with their growth!
Need I say more?
Well yes, I do. I have to clarify, basically any succulent you plant guarantees some pretty freaking cute seedlings. Succulents are already pretty chunky so you can imagine the seedlings are going to be cute lil nubs, and Lithops are no exception!
Watching these develop is a ton of fun. The first set of leaves are just bland, round little leaves, and that second set is where you start seeing those first few tiny little polka dots, which is so exciting, and I should add, adorable.
Polka Dot Plants are hit or miss for plant collectors, not everyone appreciates them, but I definitely think everyone should try growing them from seed- not only are they easy to grow in comparison to other houseplant seed varieties, but they’re just fun to watch develop!
6) Zamia Furfuracea ‘Cardboard Palm’
A lot of cycad varieties develop leaves similar to the way a new fern unfurls, and watching that first little leaf roll out is something special! It’s a pretty different growth process from a lot of the other seeds I listed already, but having that variety of different plants and watching how to develop differently is what makes this hobby so much fun :)
Monstera Deliciosa are by far the most popular houseplant seeds in my shop, not only do they produce gorgeous adult plants that every houseplant enthusiast must have in their home, but the seeds are relatively easy to germinate and the seedlings are pretty adorable!
When they first sprout, they put out a vertical shoot that doesn’t resemble much of anything, but as it grows, you can see it starts to become an unfurled little leaf. When it does unfurl, you get a single heart-shaped leaf just standing on its own.
Anyone who’s grown African Violets from seed knows that they’re microscopically small, so it’s unsurprising that the seedlings are adorably tiny as well. In fact, they’re barely noticeable at first glance, the photo below has my finger as a size reference(my fingers are pretty small, so that should tell you just how tiny these seedlings are!)
Chamomile Seeds aren’t quite as tiny as African Violet seeds, but they are really small, and so are the sprouts. They look like a thin layer of moss in the photo below! That may be because I planted too many in one planter by accident so I had to weed out a lot of these seedlings, which is always a heartbreaking process, but it had to be done :’( All the same, the sprouts are so tiny and happy looking, I found myself just smiling looking at them!
Asparagus Asparagoides Smilax or ‘Bridal Creeper’ seeds also have an interesting growth pattern. Once the seeds germinate, they put out this long string-y shoot that gradually unfurls some leaves, as you can see in the photo below. Within a week or two, there are tiny leaves along the whole length of the shoot, so you get what you see in the next photo!
There are way more seeds that I could add to this list, for the simple reason that I think all seedlings are adorable when they sprout! These however, are the ones that I personally gravitated toward and just thought there was something special about them :) How would you rank this list, and would there be any others that you would add to this list? Comment below and/or tag me on Instagram(better yet, do both!) :)
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