Plantable Paper Printing Guidelines

Botanical PaperWorks’ plantable paper is embedded with a blend of annual and perennial wildflower seeds. We have carefully selected a blend of seeds that is easy to grow and suitable for printing on plantable paper. Here are some guidelines for printing on Botanical PaperWorks' plantable paper:

Recommended Methods of Plantable Paper Printing

When printing on plantable paper, we recommend using the following methods of printing:

  • Ink-jet
  • Off-set printing press, 1, 2 or 4 color
  • Screen printing
  • Letterpress
  • Calligraphy

Unless special ordered to have deckled edges (rough edges), plantable paper ships with trimmed edges so that the sheets don't get caught in the printer.

Download our Off-Set Printing FAQ sheet here.

Tips for Getting Amazing Plantable Paper Results

In order to get the best results from your plantable paper printing project, here are some tips

  • Design the piece to print text and simple images on a plain background.
  • Avoid flooding the plantable paper with ink.
  • Because of the bumpy seeds, a wash of color over the entire plantable paper piece will appear mottled.
  • Due to the nature of the plantable paper, the printer must do the runs with plenty of ink coverage so that the text and graphics have rich color coverage.
  • Note that heavier ink coverage will broaden the spectrum of color.
  • For the best off-set printing registration results, use spot colors instead of CMYK on plantable paper.
  • To ensure accurate alignment, we recommend printing 4-color jobs on a 4-colorpress, rather than doing two passes on a 2-color press.
  • Avoid artwork with a rule line which tends to magnify any slight variation in registration on plantable paper.

For more details about printing on plantable paper, download our Artwork Guidelines. If you would like personal assistance with your plantable paper printing project, please contact us.

You may also be interested in information on Custom Seed Paper Orders and Support for Designers and Printers.

To buy sheets of plantable paper, please go to the seed paper product page. Bulk sheets of plantable paper are also available; please contact us for pricing.