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Of The Earth is an environmentally focused handmade paper and hand dyed silk manufacturer. Our logo is an allegory of our idealized world; the people and plants in harmony with the earth in a circular flow of renewal and regeneration through responsibility.

Seed Paper Sprouting

handmade paper with sprouting seeds

Step by step example of seed paper hearts turning into a flowering plant

How do we ensure a successful planting?

It can be tough to nurse the live seeds through germination into fully grown plants and because of these common challenges, we do not offer a guarantee that every customer will be successful in this process.  There are too many factors that come into play and too much that can go wrong for us to take the responsibility of elements that we cannot control, like soil temperature and acidity, watering, sunlight and planting depth.  We have very rigid testing and handling protocol to ensure that every batch of paper made here contains enough viable seeds for each item that we sell to have the potential for growth.

For your own piece of mind we recommend that you do the following; take a small piece (quarter size or bigger) of our made in the USA paper (larger is recommended for made in Nepal stock), place it into an airtight zip lock plastic sandwich bag, place a table spoon of water (or enough to fully saturate the paper) in the bag and 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 sunlight for a few hours each day. You will see evidence of the seeds growth within 10 days time. Once you see the sprouts 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.

We have been making seeded paper goods for almost 20 years and are confident that every piece of paper that goes out our doors has the potential for growth.

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Day 1 - Started the heart on April 17th. Soaked the shape, tucked it into a bag with air trapped inside to create a little greenhouse.

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Day 9 - Sprouts have reached about 1/2 inch tall and are looking for nutrients.

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Day 9 - Moved to a pot..

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Day 9 - Carefully covered with soil.

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Day 9 - Covered the pot with a plastic bag to keep moisture trapped inside to create a bigger greenhouse.

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Day 15 - Pulled off cover to make sure sprouts survived the transfer..

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Day 79 (July 5)- Wondering when this thing will bloom.

 

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Day 117 (August 14) - Still wondering when this thing will bloom.

 

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Day 149 (September 17)- At last!.

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Day 269 (Jan 16) The second plant to sprout from the same heart is still not in bloom.

 


 



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