At Bella Vida we are committed to continuing to find new ways to be more sustainable! We now are printing our cards on plantable paper that will bloom with wildflowers!
Here are the instructions on how to plant your paper:
We recommend tearing the paper into 1 inch pieces and planting them about 2 inches apart from each other. If you have a seedling starter kit, it can help the seeds sprout, stay moist indoors, and then you can replant them in a larger pot or outdoors once they are more established.
If you plant this paper in a pot or in your garden please cover with just 1/8” of soil and keep soil moist until established. Do not over water. Keep in sunlight near a sunny window or outdoors until sprouts are established and larger.
Keep watering the planting until you see sprouts, then keep watering it regularly until the plant is established. Seedlings do not have the strength to survive even a brief drought.
Our wildflower blend contains the following seeds:
Snapdragon (Annual), Petunia (Annual), Beardtongue (Perennial), Daisy (Perennial), Thyme (Perennial), Poppy (Annual), Foxglove ( Biennial/Perennial ), Catchfly ( Biennial/Perennial ), Maiden Pinks (Perennial), Chamomile (Perennial)
The plants tolerate partial shade and need 4 hours a day of direct sunlight. They will grow to about 3'.
Germination may begin as quickly as one week or may take up to six weeks depending on your regional growing zone, so please be patient! Note that butterflies and hummingbirds will love these wildflowers. Bees may also be attracted to these beautiful flowers.
About the Handmade Paper:
This handmade lotka paper is made in the highlands of Nepal by rural craftspeople in an environmentally friendly process with 50% recycled content. The raw material for our paper is the Daphne bush. It is farmed and harvested from 3-4 year old plants that are cut down and stripped of their bark. The plant is not destroyed when cut down; it regenerates from the root. The cane-like stick, once its bark is removed, is dried and used to heat the villager’s homes, to provide fuel for cooking and also for the production of the paper. All of the water used in the paper production is reclaimed and reused. The bark is beaten by hand and boiled to break it down to a pulp (where it is mixed in with recycled pulp and paper scrap collected from the card and envelope manufacturing process) that is then pored into screens to form the sheets. These sheets are then dried in the sun.
We want your experience with our products to be 100% positive; however, we cannot control your growing conditions to ensure the paper you plant sprouts into a healthy garden of flowers. There are many things that will influence the success of your planting that are out of our control. We can assure you that our paper has an abundance of live seeds embedded in it. Just because you don't see watermelon sized seeds, does not mean that the paper you received is seedless. The seeds we use average more than three million seeds per pound. They are tiny!
Our paper is the most tested seed paper stock in the country. It is tested by us, tested by the seed supplier, tested by the USDA (twice) and tested by the department of agriculture in Nepal (twice).
Pictures above are for reference only. Actual colors of flowers will vary. Images borrowed from Pinterest.