If you have purchased or received items from my Be Wild, Rewild collection, you will have seen that the packaging is partly made up of wildflower seed paper, which you can plant to get started on your rewilding journey.
The British Cornfield Wildflower Seed Paper is made from recycled paper imbibed with seeds that are native UK species, Cornflower, Poppy, Corn Marigold, and Corn Chamomile. The seeds are grown in the UK and all of the wildflowers they produce are loved by bees, butterflies, and other insects.
How to Plant your Seed Paper
What you will need:
· your seeded paper
· a pot for planting
· some good potting soil
· a sunny corner
The paper can be planted indoors or outside. Choose according to the temperature and conditions at the time of planting. You can also germinate indoors and then move the flowers outdoors. If you plant indoors in early spring, you’ll be able to move your flowers outside in late spring/summer for the bees and butterflies to enjoy.
1. Prepare your pot
Fill your pot 2/3 full, with good potting soil, and tamp down. You want the pot to be firmly full, but not packed.
2. Plant the paper
Take your seeded paper and place it on top of the soil in the prepared pot. You can cut it into smaller pieces if needed. Don’t worry if the paper overlaps a little. Spread a thin layer of soil over the seeded paper pieces and tamp down gently.
3. During germination
After planting the paper in your pot, give it a good soak. You want the paper and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. Make sure your pot is somewhere warm and light to germinate. During the first 10 days, keep the paper moist at all times as the water is necessary for germination.
4. After germination
Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to overwater. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed.
5. Enjoy your flowers!
Once the flowers start to blossom, enjoy them indoors or move outdoors (season/temperature permitting) to attract bees, butterflies, and other insects to your outdoor space.
Remember to provide your plantable paper with a lot of light, water, and attention. Please remember these instructions are just a guide and sometimes plants can be tricky and not grow the way we want them to.
I hope that these seed paper planting instructions help your plantable paper grow and to spark your interest in rewilding.