Depending on the design & product, we use;
- Australian natives - Swan River Daisy or Lemon Scented Bottle Brush
- Herbs - Parsley, Thyme, Basil or Oregano
- Vegetables - Lettuce or carrot
Many seeds are not suitable for hand made paper, the seeds have to be small enough to fit in the thickness of the paper. There are also considerations on how the seed will impact the plates we use to print the paper, some are too hard and will damage them.
The viable life of the seeds depends on the type of seed, eg Bottlebrush and many other Australian natives will last up to 5 or 7 years, whilst most herbs and veggies would be OK for a couple of years. Not all the seeds in the seeded paper will remain viable for the same length of time. they don’t all suddenly lose viability at 4 years 364 days! There will be a gradual tailing off, the longer the paper is kept, the fewer seeds will remain viable. Much the same as buying a packet of seeds in the shop, they have a ‘sow by’ date.
Yes, all our paper is 100% recycled (post-industrial waste).
Western Australia and Tasmania have quarantine regulations which control the entry of seeds (and other potential bio-security hazards). Seeded paper with Lemon-scented Bottlebrush seeds is not allowed into either WA or TAS. It is allowed into all other States and Territories. The other seeded paper is allowed into WA and TAS, subject to conforming with their documentation requirements and being appropriate seeds (which depends on the seed batch used to make the paper).
- Soak the seed paper in water overnight.
- Loosen the soil, or fill a planter pot ¾ of the way with potting soil.
- Place the wet seed paper in the planter and add a light layer of soil on top to hold in moisture.
- Water well, especially during the first 4 to 6 weeks.
- Once the sprouts are well established they can easily be transplanted to a more permanent outdoor location.