Planting Instructions for Seed Paper


There are two types of seed paper. Seed tape comes as a roll of paper that has seeds adhered to it and is primarily sold as a simple way to plant extremely small seeds. There is also seed paper that is used for making greeting cards. This paper has seeds embedded in the paper fiber as a recyclable decorative element, as the paper can be planted by the recipient to grow into flowers or herbs. Regardless of the type of seed paper you are planting, sowing methods are similar.

Step 1

Cut the tape-style of paper to the desired length to fits in the bed you are planting. Cut multiple lengths if you're planting more than one row. Cut decorative plantable paper into 1- to 2-inch squares.

Step 2

Lay tape-style paper on the soil surface, with the seeds on the top, and press on it lightly so it comes in contact with the soil. Cover with a ¼-inch layer of soil. Plant decorative paper squares ¼ to ½ inch deep in the soil, spacing them 8 inches apart or at the distance recommended on the planting instructions, if included.

Step 3

Water the bed until it feels moist to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Stick your finger into the soil to check for moisture. Water every four to seven days, as needed, to maintain this moisture level.

Step 4

Lay a 2-inch layer of mulch over the garden bed once the paper sprouts and the seedlings are 4 inches high. Mulching preserves soil moisture and prevents weeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always check the specific requirements for the plants you are growing from the seed paper. Some seeds must be planted earlier in spring while others will die if planted too soon. Your county extension office can help you determine the exact needs for your seed paper variety.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Mulch


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Homemade Seed Tape
  • Ohio State University: Plant Propagation
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.