Sukkulenten Sammlung Zurich | Succulent Succulents
A small hidden gem, that I recommend to every friend visiting me is the Sukkulenten Sammlung at the border of the lake. You can find all kinds of (un)imaginable succulents and cacti from all over the place. It is one of the most important succulent collections in the world – collecting since 1931.
The plants are organized by regions and countries and come with names, explanations and fun facts. There is something for everybody – Kid, teen, parent, you name it.
I prefer going there when the weather is nice and pretend I am in a far away place with dry climate only to put on my Seven–League Boots and step into an exotic and humid djungle a second later. The huge greenhouses make the place light and airy; also convenient for people like me who always get lost trying to get somewhere – they can't be missed!
The lake is only a few meters away which makes it the perfect summer destination. Entrance is free which is another plus.
The main reason why I go back there time and time again however are the cute plants you can buy for CHF 5 and the seeds for CHF 2. Last time I bought the plants which have not died yet, so I felt ready to venture on to the next step – THE SEEDS.
How to (hopefully) grow Succulents
- Seeds (you don't say?)
- Wide tray or similar with holes
- Sand or fancy succulent soil
- Small pebbles or similar, to infuse air into the soil
- The juice of life (aka H2O)
- Something to create a humid climate with: Clingfilm, showercap, whatever
Whatcha gonna do
- Put some small pebbles in the tray beforehand. My trays don't have holes since I couldn't find ones with that I liked. Don't be stupid. Get trays with holes.
- Add the soil or sand on top. Press down lightly. By that I mean lightly, like with a feather or similar.
– Water tray. Let water drip out through the holes which you hopefully have.
– Sprinkle seeds on top.
– Tap tray lightly to make sure all seeds touch the ground.
– Water thoroughly when soil is dry.
– Water a bit less thoroughly and take the cover off as soon as they start to sprout
– WAIT and hope you didn't mess up.
I shall keep you posted on how my succulent family is coming along. Let's hope I don't kill my babies!