Plantable Paper Printing Guidelines

Botanical PaperWorks printable seed paper has a smoother finish with carefully selected smaller seed types that grow easily.

Botanical PaperWorks’ printable seed paper is embedded with a blend of annual and perennial wildflower, herb or even veggie seeds that have carefully selected because they are easy to grow and smaller in size. This makes the seed paper smoother and more suitable for printing. 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

Do not use a laser printer, they can kill the seeds.

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.

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Tips for Getting Amazing Plantable Paper Results

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

  • Avoid using heavy ink coverage unless you have a professional printer.
  • If using a heavy ink coverage for backgrounds be sure to print on HQ settings and run a test print.
  • Plantable paper is uncoated so some slight bleeding will occur. Be sure to keep that in mind and avoid printing very small text on dark colored backgrounds. We recommend at least 8-9 pt.
  • To ensure accurate alignment, we recommend printing 4-color jobs on a 4-colorpress, rather than doing two passes on a 2-color press.
  • If printing off-set, do not use Acetic Acid based fountain solution as it will cause the paper to delaminate and pile on the blankets. The automatic double sheet detector should be disabled because of the variances in the caliber of the hand made 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.