We are just so excited about how much our plantable seed paper has grown this week. I know I said we'd be posting every couple weeks, but I really couldn't wait to show you more. Just look at it!
We're actually thinking about re-potting it soon to give all of the sprouts a bit more room to breathe.
Just in case you're new to the Botanical PaperWorks blog, or even if you're not, and you've just been curious about this seed paper we talk about, I thought now would be a good time to include our seed paper planting instructions. Just click the link to download a PDF of the instructions below! Planting our paper is incredibly easy, even if you're not typically a green thumb (like myself).
Planting seed paper is incredibly simple. All you need is a piece of our plantable paper, some good-quality potting soil, water, and a small flower pot (or section of your garden).
Place the soil in the pot, right to the top. Gently pack the soil, so it's slightly compressed, but not too hard-packed. Place the seed paper on top, and add another thin layer of soil on top of the paper (about one-eighth of an inch).
Give your newly planted seed paper a good soak of water right off the bat. After that, just make sure it's always moist. This may mean watering it a little bit every day or two, but just enough to maintain that level of moisture.
Just make sure your planted seed paper is in a sunny area, and you should hopefully start seeing some little green sprouts pop up within a few weeks!
When can seed paper be planted?
Seed paper can be planted anytime! If it's cold outside, and the weather is tending to dip into freezing temperatures overnight, it's definitely better to plant the paper inside. The paper in our office was planted inside, during the coldest part of our Canadian winter months. But as you can see, it's really flourishing right now!
What if the seed paper is not growing?
All of our plantable paper is embedded with high-quality seeds–everything from wildflowers, to kitchen herbs, vegetables and various other kinds of flowers. The key, as in any instance of growing flowers from seeds, is to provide your plantable paper with a lot of light, water and attention. And as we've found out, singing to your seed paper flowers never hurts either.
Although we perform rigorous tests on all our seeds, plants can sometimes just be finicky things and will not always grow the way we want them to. Seeds will act differently in varying environments and climates, too. We hope that these seed paper planting instructions help your plantable paper grow!
These pictures were taken on April 7, 2011. This is the second blog post in a series: March 31 - first sprouts appear and April 8 - fast growing plants.