Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to questions about Botanical PaperWorks and plantable seed paper, open the tabs below to find the most frequently asked question for each topic. This page is a resource for information about plantable paper. If you don't find the answers that you are looking for, please contact us. We're happy to help!

About Plantable Seed Paper (planting, printing, colors, sizes, etc.)

What is plantable paper?

Plantable paper is special handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, wildflowers will grow from the paper.

Please note that because our paper is made by hand, there may be a slight variation in the thickness from sheet to sheet. Due to the post-consumer waste fiber content, a slight variation in the shade of the paper may also occur. 

How do I plant seed paper?

Place your seed paper on soil that is slightly compressed, but not too hard-packed. Add 1/8 inch of soil on top of the paper and give it a good drink of water. After that, make sure it's always moist and in a sunny spot. You should see sprouts within 7-10 days! Read more about how plantable paper works.

Where is the facility located? Where is the paper made?

Our facility is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Click here to get the address and map to our facility.  The paper is manufactured right here on site.

Is your plantable paper tree-free?

Yes. Seed paper is made from post-consumer and post-industrial paper collected from local offices and schools. 

What is a deckle edge?

The term Deckle Edge refers to the distinctive, feathery edge of handmade paper. It occurs when the handmade paper is made and enhances the overall look of the paper. When purchasing bulk plantable paper, you can choose from 7 different sizes, all of which have deckled edges. If you don't like the deckled edge, choose our pre-trimmed 8.5x11 or 11x17 sheets.

Is the seed paper fragile?

The handmade seed paper at Botanical PaperWorks is specially made to be strong. We use high-quality beating equipment, a custom-built press to bond fibers together and a special drying system to apply pressure to the paper for an additional 12 hours to complete the bonding of the fibers. These production steps produce a smooth, flat and strong piece of seed paper.

Can the handmade envelopes be mailed?

Absolutely! We have done mailing tests which show that the handmade plantable paper envelopes hold up as well as machine-made envelopes. They are a beautiful addition to plantable wedding invitations.

Would standard mailing labels and stamps adhere well? Do they need to be removed before planting?

We recommend using clear tape to affix labels and stamps. We also recommend removing them before planting the paper.

What is the shelf life of seed paper?

For best germination results, seed paper should be planted within 2 years. It will still grow beyond that, but the germination rates will decline after that period. Store in a cool, dry place, to preserve the germination rates as long as possible.

What's the largest size of paper that you have?

Our largest size of paper that we stock is 11.5" x 17.5". For more information on available paper sizes and colors, see our seed paper products.

What kinds of pen can be used when writing on plantable paper?

Most writing instruments write well on Botanical PaperWorks' plantable seed paper, including ballpoint, rollerball and calligraphy markers. Test a new pen on a sheet of seed paper before beginning your project to confirm the results.

Can I print on the paper myself? What printing method do you recommend for plantable seed paper?

Plantable seed paper from Botanical PaperWorks is flat and even, due to our proprietary production methods. You will achieve good results when printing on seed paper with these methods:

  • off-set printing
  • ink jet printing
  • screen printing
  • letterpress printing

Run the press slower than you would for a machine-made paper, because of the bumpy surface due to the embedded seeds. Before starting your print run, please test your printer to ensure that you are getting the desired level of quality on the plantable paper.

For more information on printing on Botanical PaperWorks' seed paper, read Support for Designers and Printers, Plantable Paper Printing Guidelines and Custom Seed Paper Orders.

Pantone colors of the plantable paper that we stock

The following is a list of our current available seed paper colors, and the Pantone Number that most closely matches. Because seed paper is handmade, color may slightly vary from batch to batch.

  • Aqua - PMS 571U
  • Berry Purple - PMS 7649 U
  • Blue - PMS 290 U
  • Brick Red - PMS 1797 U (approx. 80% tint)
  • Burnt orange - PMS 167 U (approx. 60% tint)
  • Coral - PMS 1625 U
  • Cornflower Blue - PMS 549 U
  • Cream - PMS 7500 U (approx. 50% tint)
  • Dove Grey - PMS Cool Gray 5 U
  • French Blue - PMS 7477 U (approx. 80% tint)
  • Green - PMS 7478 U
  • Hot Pink - PMS 203 U
  • Latte Brown - PMS 7502 U (approx. 70% tint)
  • Lavender - PMS 2635 U
  • Lime Green - PMS 380-381 U
  • Marigold Yellow - PMS 121 U
  • Mustard Yellow - PMS 7406 U (approx. 70% tint)
  • Olive green - PMS 582 U (approx 50% tint)
  • Pink - PMS 705 U
  • Purple -  PMS 262 U
  • Stone Grey - PMS Warm Gray 5 U
  • Tangerine - PMS 7625 U
  • Teal - PMS 327 U
  • Yellow - PMS 607 U

Can I get a sample of your paper and products?

Yes you can request a sample of our paper and our products. Please contact us to request samples.

What is seed paper made with?

All seed paper from Botanical PaperWorks is 100% made with donated material from a variety of sources such as local schools and business to help save trees and reduce waste sent to landfills. A large amount of the paper we are recycling into seed paper is also originally made from recycled material to be as eco-friendly as possible.

The bulk of the content is:

  • SFI Certified (comes from a company that is certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard, or comes from recycled content, or from a certified forest. Must be from non-controversial sources.)
  • or FSC/Rainforest Alliance Certified paper (products from farms and forests are produced using environmentally and socially responsible practices).

We also use envelope clippings, which are 10%, 30% and 100% recycled content all mixed together.

What type of inks are used for printing on seed paper? Are they eco-friendly?

Yes. The inks we print with are water-based and the dyes in the ink are organic and readily decompose. We have done soil testing with ALS Environmental, one of the largest environmental laboratories in the world, and found that the soil in which the printed piece was planted easily met CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) guidelines.

When's the best time to plant seed paper?

Spring is the best time to plant if you live in an area where the ground does not freeze. However, fall is ideal if you live in a climate where the ground stays frozen for several months. Botanical PaperWorks seed paper can be planted indoors year-round in a pot of soil near a window that gets plenty of sunlight.

About The Seeds (types, certifications, etc)

Are the seeds safe for planting?

Yes, Botanical PaperWorks only uses seeds that are tested and approved for planting for planting in Canada, the US, EU, UK, and many other countries worldwide.

We are accredited in the Canadian Phytosanitary Certification Program for Seeds (CPCPS) and are registered as a U.S. Exporter in the program. This means we ensure that the seeds brought into our facility are tested for purity by a CFIA or AOSA (Association of Official Seed Analysts) accredited seed testing laboratory to ensure that it meets the noxious weed requirements of the U.S. Federal Seed Act and can be imported into the United States.

Are the seeds you use in your seed paper NON-GMO?

Yes, Botanical PaperWorks plantable seed paper only contains seeds that are of the highest quality and germination. All the seeds we handle are NON-GMO (genetically modified organism).

Are there invasive species in the wildflower seed blend?

No. None of the seeds from Botanical PaperWorks are considered invasive in North America.

Can I get seeds native to my region?

Yes, we offer a wide range of native species seeds for promotional products that were developed with a biologist for 11 regions across North America. Learn more on our native species seed papers page and contact us to get started. 

What seeds are contained in the plantable paper mix?

Botanical PaperWorks' plantable seed paper contains the highest-quality mix of wildflower seeds. All of our seeds are tested for purity and meet the high standards of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The wildflower seed blend in plantable paper includes these species:

  • Bird's Eye - Annual
  • Clarkia - Annual
  • Black Eyed Susan - Perennial
  • Catchfly - Annual
  • Snapdragon - Annual
  • Sweet Alyssum - Annual

Other blends of seed paper are also available, such as herbs in the personalized herb wedding favors. Use these resources for more information: How Plantable Paper Works for photos of seeded paper in bloom and Custom Seed Paper Orders for ordering plantable paper with a custom blend of seed.

About Your Plantable Paper Order (payments, proofs, changes, etc.)

How can I place my plantable paper product order?

Please use the method that you prefer - place your order for plantable paper, wedding stationery and seed paper favors through this website, contact us by telephone or by email. Our website is open 24 hours a day. Or if you'd like to contact us by phone, click here for contact information and office hours.

What method of payment can I use?

Botanical PaperWorks accepts payment by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, money order and check.  Orders are prepaid.

Why does my credit card provider charge me a fee when I purchase items from another country?

Some credit card providers in the United States apply a nominal transaction fee to international purchases. While this charge is unrelated to Botanical PaperWorks, it often appears on credit card statements as: International Transaction Fee - Botanical PaperWorks.

The transaction fee is not a charge from Botanical PaperWorks; it is a charge directly from your credit card provider. If you have questions about the fee, contact your credit card provider. If you still have questions, Botanical PaperWorks' customer care is happy to help!

Can I make changes to my order once it's been submitted?

Once the order has been placed online any changes need to be requested by phone or email, so that we can make the change before your order goes into production. We will always try and accommodate any changes you wish to make to your order whenever possible.

Will I receive a proof before my order is printed?

If you have ordered plantable wedding invitations or green promotions, you will receive a proof for your approval prior to your order being printed. For all other personalized items including plantable wedding favors, please ensure that the text and dates that you submit are correct as you will not be receiving a proof.

If I place my order online is my information secure?

Yes, your information is secure. We are PCI-DSS compliant, which is the data security standard for the payment card industry.

Custom Seed Paper Orders (quotes, custom designs, set-up fees, etc.)

Can I request custom colors?

Yes, we can make custom colored paper for you - either matching it to a pantone number or a sample provided by you.  For more information on custom orders please click here.

Can I request paper with custom seeds?

Seed size and ease of germination is important when choosing custom seeds.  Please read our guidelines for custom seed paper orders and then contact us to determine if the desired custom seed will work in the plantable paper.

Is there a minimum quantity that I must order for custom orders?

There are minimum quantities required for custom orders. Please see our custom seed paper orders page for more information or contact us to discuss your custom paper needs.

What if I'd like to have my design printed on your paper?

We are able to print custom designs on our paper. Check out our printing guidelines for tips on getting the best results when printing on plantable paper. Feel free to contact us for more information on having your design printed on seed paper.

Can we have the text in a language other than English?

If you are able to provide the text exactly as you wish it to appear, we will happily try to accommodate you. Please contact us to discuss the best ways to submit your text.

How do I request a quote?

We will gladly prepare a quote for your specific plantable paper needs. Please email or phone us to request a quote.

What is an artwork set-up fee?

Artwork set-up fees cover the process of our print department setting up your artwork for printing on seed paper and include a digital proof for your approval before going to print. They do not include custom layouts or graphic design work such as typesetting and formatting, color adjustments or placement of various graphics and text. Your artwork must be designed to product specifications and in-line with our artwork guidelines.

Order Process (timing, shipping, etc.)

How long will it take for my order to ship?

We strive to have your order ship as quickly as possible. Click here for more information on our preparation times and shipping guidelines.

How will I know my order has shipped?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once the order has shipped.

How long will it take for me to receive the order?

We offer a couple of different shipping options to ensure that your order reaches you in time for your event.  For complete shipping information please see our shipping guidelines.

Shipping and Returns (countries, billing, etc.)

Do you ship to addresses with a PO Box?

At this time, UPS is unable to deliver packages to PO boxes or RR boxes. However, if you supply us with your fire address UPS will be able to deliver your plantable paper products to you.

Does the order have to ship to the billing address: ie. for gift giving?

The order does not have to ship to the billing address.  We are able to ship to a different address if you prefer.

Will I need to sign for my package?

A signature is not required, but you may request it by adding a comment to the web notes box in the checkout process.

What countries are you able to ship your plantable products to?

The plantable seed paper, invitations, favors and other seed paper products of Botanical PaperWorks are shipped around the world. See below for a list of countries that we have shipped our seed paper products to. We can ship to any destination in North America, the European Union, and many other countries worldwide. Please note that countries outside of these locations may require you to apply for an entry permit.

Product shipped to the United States arrives duty-free. We take care of the customs documents and freight arrangements. All you need to do is place your order and we take care of the rest! Countries outside of North America charge duty and taxes, typically upon delivery. Please check with your country's customs office for more information, and feel free to contact us if you would like a shipping quotation.

For general information on our shipping guidelines and international orders, please click here.

What is your return policy?

Click here for our return policy.

Is the paper safe to ship and plant in other countries?

Yes. Botanical PaperWorks works to ensure that our shipments meet the import requirements of each country to which we ship as this helps to prevent customs delays and also prevents our seeds from bringing in weeds.
For our seeds to meet the import requirements, we need to make sure we follow the phytosanitary regulations of the country to which we are shipping.

Phytosanitary regulations require us to:

  • Have our seeds tested to ensure there are no invasive weeds mixed in with the seeds
  • Know what seeds are in each order we send out.
  • Know what seeds are not permitted to ship to the country to make sure we do not ship prohibited seeds.
  • For some countries, obtain Import Permits and Phytosanitary Certificates.