You have bought or received a grow card, great fun, but now what? These growth charts are made in South Africa with a lot of love and passion. The biodegradable paper has a beautiful natural, matte appearance. It is made from 100% recycled paper that is reprocessed by hand into a 'paper with seeds' porridge. No chemicals have been added to this, only water. The supplier is a social enterprise that provides permanent employment, living wages and training to more than 30 people in the local community. Read more on the Growingpaper website.
What grows out of my card?
Give the bees and butterflies a helping hand with these wild flowers. It is a mix of Snapdragons, Godetia, Baby's Breath, Ice Flowers, Virginian Stock, Poppies, Alyssum and Chinese Carnation. The best time to sow in the garden is between March and May. Sow indoors from the end of March, after which they have to go outside in mid-May. The bees and butterflies are having a hard time in the Netherlands. More and more wild flowers are disappearing while bees are extremely important for pollinating and fertilizing flowers and plants. So also for our fruit trees and vegetable plants!
How do I plan my card?
Growing paper, also called flowering paper or seed paper, lets your message flourish. But the seeds do not just bloom. This requires the right circumstances and a little patience.
Step 1. Moisten your growing paper
First, thoroughly wet the growing paper. And we mean really good wet! Only then can the paper dissolve properly so that the seeds can germinate.
Step 2. Place your growing paper on the soil
Place the growing paper inside in a pot or outside on a balcony or in the garden on the earth. Preferably use sowing soil or potting soil for the vegetable garden. The best time to plant outside is from mid-May to October. Indoors in a jar can be used all year round.
Step 3. Cover your growing paper with a thin layer of soil
Cover the growing paper with about 1 to a maximum of 1.5 cm of soil. This way the seeds get enough nutrients, protection and light to germinate. If you cover the paper under a layer of soil that is too thick, the seeds will germinate less quickly or not at all.
Step 4. Water, water and more water
Certainly give some water every day in the beginning, so that the paper remains moist. It is best to use a sprayer with a soft head so that the paper gets the same amount of water everywhere. A watering can or a cup without a nozzle can prevent the paper from getting evenly wet and not all the seeds coming out equally well.
Step 5. Sun, warmth and lots of love
In addition, provide a light and warm place. Be careful with a spot in full sun, especially in summer. Then your paper can dry out and the seeds will not germinate. Now you have to be patient! The first plants germinate within a week. Continue to give your plants a lot of love and attention even after germination. You can now give a little less water than in the first week.
Nothing comes out of my growth chart, how is that possible?
How annoying! Have you followed all the steps in the step-by-step plan? You need a little green fingers and a little luck to make growing paper bloom. Was your jar in full sun? Was there a heat wave or a heavy thunderstorm? Then it can unfortunately be that your seeds dry out or drown.