Seed Paper & Planting Instructions
All of our 10 ounce candles come with a seed paper dust cover. Seed paper is a special eco paper made from post-consumer materials embedded with wildflower seeds. When you plant the paper in a pot of soil or outside in a garden, the seeds in the paper germinate and grow into non-gmo & non-invasive plants. The paper itself will biodegrade and no waste will be left behind. Only flowers to benefit the Earth!
1. Prepare your Pot
Fill your clean, empty candle vessel 2/3 full with good potting soil. Tamp down the soil and add more if necessary. You want the container to be firmly full, but not packed. The paper can be planted indoors or outside, so you get to choose according to the temperature and conditions at the time of planting (we don’t recommend planting outside if it’s blizzarding or desert-hot!).
2. Plant the Paper
Take your plantable paper and cover the soil in the prepared pot with the paper. It’s okay if the paper overlaps. Spread a 1/8 inch layer of soil over the plantable paper pieces and tamp down gently on top.
3. Water during Germination
After planting the paper in your vessel, give it a good soak. You want the paper and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. During the first 10 days, keep the paper moist at all times. The water is necessary for germination.
4. Care after Germination
Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to overwater. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed.
Our seed paper contains the following types of wildflower seeds:
- Bird’s Eye – Annual
- Clarkia – Annual
- Black Eyed Susan – Perennial
- Catchfly – Annual
- Snapdragon – Annual
- Sweet Alyssum – Annual
Black-Eyed Susan (Perennial)
This cheerful blossom is most at home in prairie lands, plains, meadows, and pastures where it will attract birds, bees and butterflies. Members of the beautifully golden sunflower family, these North American blooms are one of the most recognized wildflowers!
Bird's Eye (Annual)
This daisy-like annual wildflower is a member of the famous Gilia family. It is a western native but will thrive anywhere with sunny and relatively dry conditions. The dark contrasting central eyes and yellow throats are known to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators.
These vibrant wildflowers look great in all kinds of gardens and grow easily. They typically bloom at the end of the wildflower season, so they have often been called “Farewell-to-Spring”. Native to western North America, Clarkia is an annual plant that will grow up to 1 meter tall.
This bountiful wildflower produces clusters of large, globe-shaped blooms on long stems and will thrive in full sun or partial shade. It grows great even in poor soil conditions and can withstand high temperatures.
Sweet Alyssum (Annual)
A low-growing annual plant, Sweet Alyssum has a branched stem that has dense clusters of small flowers. The flowers are about 5 mm around and have a sweet smell similar to that of honey. They'll bloom throughout the growing season, or year-round in areas free of frost.
An extremely easy to grow annual, these quick blooming flowers are a favorite for their unique and elegant appearance. With a range of colors from pink, red, yellow and purple, the bi-colored blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies making them a wonderful addition to any garden.