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Le Jardin Perdu greeting cards and business promotions are made from plantable seed paper. Seed paper is a biodegradable eco-paper made from recycled post-consumer paper materials, that has flower seeds embedded in it.
When the seed paper is planted, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind are beautiful flowers which have been carefully selected to provide a valuable source of nectar for visiting butterflies, bees, hoverflies and other insects.
The seeds contained in the paper are high-quality non-GMO flower seeds, the flower mix includes;
Clarkia elegans (Farewell to Spring) – flowers June – August
Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) – flowers July – October
Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum) - flowers June – September
Linaria maroccana (Toadflax) – flowers June – August
Silene (Campion) flowers March – November
Gilia (Blue thimble flower)– flowers March - September
The plantable seed paper has been tested and approved for sale and planting in France, Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
You can plant seed paper either in a pot/tray indoors from March onwards or direct in the ground once the last frosts have passed. For best results soak the card for a few hours first.
Step 1 – Prepare your pot or ground
If planting indoors, fill your pot 2/3 full with good potting soil and tamp down. If planting direct outdoors prepare the ground in a sunny position
Step 2 – Plant the paper
Lay your seed paper on the soil. It's okay if the paper overlaps. Then cover the seed paper with about 5mm of soil.
Step 3 – Water during germination
After planting the paper water the area well. 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.
Once shoots appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to over water. Once sturdy seedlings appear, water only as required.
Step 4 – Enjoy the flowers!
Where are the cards made?
The cards are made by hand, in my workshop in the Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches, La Corrèze, France.
Where and when can I plant my card?
Your card can be planted in your garden or in a pot from March – June. You can also plant the card in a pot inside all year long.
What is the lifespan of the plantable card?
We recommend that you plant your card within the first 2 years of receiving it. After 2 years, the germination rate of the seeds may decline.