Seed bombs

leahsurfer(8)August 27, 2013

Howdy all,

I am getting married, and being that I am an avid gardener, I was thinking of making seed bombs for a wedding favor.

There are so many sites about different recipes and colors and whatnot, but I can't help but be critical of these things....

Most recipes call for some combo of clay and compost, or worm castings. Then you add just enough water to make it cohesive, then you let it dry.

Aren't you starting the germination process by adding the water? And then, aren't you essentially killing the germinated seed when you let it dry...leaving you with a "dud"?

I planned on using a wildflower mix native to my region.

Thanks for your input.

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yiorges-z5il

Moisture IS important for germination BUT also soil temp so if keept cool & alowed to dry should not have a problem.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 6:33PM
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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

Do all you can to get the bombs to dry very quickly. Keep your mix as dry as possible while still wet enough to form into the balls. Keep the size small for quick drying, no bigger than the diameter of a quarter....smaller yet is fine, too. Spread them out with a lot of space around them to speed drying time. Dry them in an area with low humidity, again to make drying go quickly. Summer air conditioned areas are good and so are heated winter areas if your outdoor areas are humid like mine usually are. Run a fan to increase air flow and speed drying, too.

If your wedding is a ways in the future, you can make up a few, dry them, and let them sit for a few weeks. Then break them up, and plant them, and see if they are duds. With quick drying, I think you will be okay.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 3:55PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Or, you could make some pretty envelopes and give seed selections.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 5:28AM
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Plantwhisper(8-9)

Hi Leah,
I would think ordinary potters clay could be rolled in seeds and have them stick without further wetting? I'm with you that wetting might mildew the seed, etc.
why not dispense with all the dirt stuff and just tie up the dry seed mix in traditional chiffon like you would rice? If the seed is too small, any material you chose would do. or if you want something people just have to add water to, just include a lite seed starting mix.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 3:45PM
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