Gallery: Packaging the Future: Can Plantable Seed Paper Give Way to a B...

I will admit to being highly skeptical of plantable seed paper. As a green blogger, I had collected a small box full of the paper from sources such as a Silk soy milk desk calendar made from the stuff, to a thank you card, to a bookmark, and more. I couldn't recycle them because I felt guilty about the plants that could be hiding in the seeds (who knew that there even were?), and also because I wondered if they would mess with the paper recycling stream - so I kept them for a couple years. Eventually I took the box outside at the end of one summer, to my then-floundering sun-soaked front yard. I tore up the paper, buried it under a few layers of soil, watered it, and called it a day. So what did the results yield, if anything? Hit jump to find out what happened.

A memorial plant Card by Botanical Paperworks

I didn’t think about my experiment through the fall and winter, and by springtime, I had forgotten I’d even planted the seed embedded paper. But then an amazing thing happened, there were unfamiliar plants growing that didn’t look like weeds!

I grew up in the woods of the Hudson Valley (not a lot of wildflowers there), but my grandmother had once sown a huge field with wildflowers during a volunteer day at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center. I had worked there years later, mowing near those same flowers, and recognized them as similar to the young shoots headed for the sun in my yard. At least I thought I recognized them.

One of my paper seed blooms

I gave them the benefit of the doubt, not expecting that I would actually get flowers out of my saved-for-years packages from various sources. Thinking that maybe they would shoot up and flop over, never flower, or last a season and disappear, I watched and waited.

Now, I have no idea which packages ‘worked’ and which didn’t, and I think that some of them must have contained seeds that were too old to sprout, but despite these shortcomings, I’m happy to report that some of them did! Now three years later they’re still going strong in the bright sun – even despite my crummy soil. But I guess that’s the power of wildflowers – they’re hearty – from seeds to plants to flowers that, they keep going and going.


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  1. @explorersmarket October 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    We have recently added plantable wildflower cards to our product inventory for our online retail website as well as our retail outlet. We create our own designs to fit our image and having only been open just a few weeks, they have been one of our best selling products to date! These cards are incomparable to the standard greeting cards- whether it be a love note, thank you, sympathy, or ‘just because’, these cards give the recipient an everlasting effect come blooming season. Not to mention they are totally Eco-friendly!!

  2. Inca October 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    You didn’t mention the letterpress card (image 5). I recognize it from Green Field Paper. They make the plantable paper.

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