We're so happy you made it onto this secret flowering page! And thank you so much for your support - it means the world to us!
This Spring of 2020 we bought some flower seeds to grow ourselves in our closet sized NYC apartment. While the process was not easy (hello 2 failed attempts!) but it was so rewarding when the seeds finally started to sprout we wanted to share this simple pleasurable experience with you. Below are some growing instructions we hope you will find helpful.
Let us start by saying it can be hard to nurse the live seeds through germination into fully grown plants. Because so much depends on the gardener, we do not offer a guarantee that every person will be successful in this process as there are too many factors that come into play such as the soil temperature and acidity, watering, sunlight and planting depth. However, we do guarantee that every batch of paper made contains enough viable seeds for each item to have the potential for growth and bloom. :) We're also proud to say this paper is handmade with 100% post industrial waste and 100% tree free, acid free fiber in Seattle, USA.
Embedded in the stock is a unique North American Wildflower seed blend which include: Snapdragon, Petunia, Beardtongue, Daisy, Thyme, Poppy, Foxglove, Catchfly, Maiden Pinks, Chamomile. The blend of seeds selected is to ensure that regardless of your growing region some of the plant seeds embedded in the paper will flourish.
Here are some processes that have worked for us. We hope they'll help make yours bloom too.
- Take the flower seed paper and place it into an airtight zip lock plastic sandwich bag, place 2 tablespoons of water (or enough to fully saturate the paper) in the bag.
- Then seal the bag and trap a bit of air inside it so it forms a bubble to keep both sides of the bag from touching.
- If you do this in a room that is has an ambient temperature of at least 72 degrees and allow the bag to be touched by direct sunlight for at 4 hours each day.
- Germination may begin as quickly as one week or may take up to six weeks depending on your regional growing zone.
- It will grow to about 3'
- Once you see the sprout's roots searching for soil, transfer the paper from the bag into a pot (or garden) with a light covering of soil and continue nursing the seedlings along by daily watering.
- Or if you plant this paper in a pot, or in your garden the direct should be firmed down after sowing and the seeds should not be more than 1/8 - 1/4 inch deep. Keep moist for 4-6 weeks and ensure 4 hours of sunlight each day in order to germinate properly.
Lastly, a loving reminder, plants take time to grow, plants take time to bloom, give it time, water, sun and give it love. Once the tiny flower plant is in a pot or soil it can take up 150 days or longer to flower depending on the variety. If you nurse your seed all the way up to full blooms send us your progress photos and final blooms for a cool prize :) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sending you flowers always 🌷,
- Lisa + The Qi team