The shelf life of the seeds depends on the type of seed, eg Bottlebrush and many other Australian natives will last up to 5 or 7 years, whilst most herbs and veggies would last for a couple of years. Not all of the seeds in a Plantacard will remain viable for the same length of time.. they don’t all suddenly lose viability at 4 years 364 days! There will be a gradual tailing off, the longer the Plantacard is kept, the fewer seeds will remain viable. Much the same as buying a packet of seeds in a shop, they have a ‘sow by’ date.
Plantacards have seeds embedded in the paper. However, in order for this to be possible, the seeds have to be small enough to stay in the paper. For example, a pea would not be a good candidate for embedding in paper, unless the paper were as thick as several layers of cardboard!
So the seeds we use are small enough to enable them to stay in the sheet once it has been made. Many Australian native trees, shrubs and flowers are suitable, as are many herbs and vegetable seeds.
The other factor which influences the seeds we use is the ability to print on the seeded paper. Many Australian natives have very small seeds (some so small that there are as many as 30,000 seeds in just one gram!) and so the seeds are easily held within the thickness of the paper, producing a relatively smooth surface for printing.
We source all our seeds from reputable seed paper manufactures around the world.
All seeds used in our paper are NON-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), tested for purity and approved by ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) standards which means they are of the highest quality and germination.
Because our products contain seeds, we do not accept returns. In the event of receiving incorrect, damaged or faulty goods, please contact Plantacard at firstname.lastname@example.org within 7 days of receipt. We will arrange for the goods to be returned at our cost and a new replacement order be dispatched. We do not accept refunds, exchanges or credits under change of mind.
Step 1 - Soak Plantacard in water until soft. Step 2 - Place Plantacard on seed raising mix (in pot or ground) and lightly cover with 3-5mm of more mix. Step 3 - Water and keep moist. The seeds will take 7-21 days to sprout. Step 4 - Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist. Once sturdy plant appears, water as needed. Step 5 - Enjoy your new plant!
These steps are included on the back of every Plantacard.
It is important to note that growth success is dependent on the paper being kept moist (and therefore soft) until after the seeds have germinated. Many seeds are embedded in the thickness of the paper and if it dries and hardens, the shoots of the newly germinating seeds will not be able to push through.
Growing Plantacards are much the same as growing a packet of seeds bought in a shop. It is dependent on lots of care, research and love in looking after and nurturing your plant.
Basil (Ocimum baslicum) is a fresh looking annual herb with light green and fragrant oval leaves and whorls of white flowers at the end of its stems. It grows from a single stalk yet has many branches. It is an important culinary herb providing a warm and spicy flavour to salads or in pesto. It is particularly good with sliced tomatoes and is a great accompaniment to garlic.
It prefers full sun to part shade and will grow 30 – 60cm tall. Pinching out the centres will stop flowers forming and encourage growth.
Goes well in a pot on the windowsill where it will deter flies.
Forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris) is a dainty perennial that makes bright lavender blue flowers.
This fairly low growing plant grows to about 30cm tall and gets covered in pretty flowers with deep blue petals and a contrasting yellow, red or white centre. They bloom from late spring into summer and prefer semi-shaded areas.
Will grow in most soils and conditions but prefers friable loams with plenty of added organic matter. Keep up the water in hot conditions and a lightly water when in flower will prolong blooming.
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is a fast growing annual with succulent and crisp leaves which is the basis of just about any salad.
Preferring full sun (although partial shade is beneficial in hot weather), it will go to seed easily and can be grown in pots if you do not have a veggie patch - they'll grow anywhere, even a balcony of an apartment!
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a hardy, low growing herb with small, dark green, oval leaves on thin brittle stalks.
The small, pinky white flowers appear in summer but the plant is most appreciated for its pungent oils borne in the leaves. It makes an attractive rockery or border plant and the leaves can be used fresh or dried in sprigs.
Grows to about 30cm. Once established, the plants spread by underground stems and can provide excellent ground cover.
Prefers reasonably fertile and well drained soils in a sunny location. Trim after flowering to keep tidy unless you have not kept up a regular harvesting for culinary purposes.
Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia) is a lovely low growing annual bedding plant with soft feathery deeply divided foliage and small fragrant daisy like flower heads.
Indigenous to Western and central Australia and prefers light to medium soils in an open, sunny position but will tolerate shade. It is a very hardy, annual plant that is drought and frost resistant. It will grow in most regions of Australia and grows to a height of 20-40cm tall with a spread of 30cm. They should be planted in full sun but they will tolerate shade and, if sown directly under trees, will form a natural carpet.
The flowers are white, blue, purple or pink, appearing in summer, giving a vibrant display of eye-catching colour. Ideal for containers, rockeries, pots and hanging baskets.
Western Australia and Tasmania have quarantine regulations which control the entry of seeds and all entry is subject to conforming with State documentation requirements and being appropriate seeds (which depends on the seed batch we have used to make the paper). For this reason we do not send any Plantacards into TAS or WA.
Many countries have documentation requirements for any plant matter such as seeds. As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country. We recommend visiting Australia Post to understand the guidelines and restrictions.
Yes! All you need to do is agree to the Terms and Conditions and apply online for instant access to wholesale pricing. We will assign a Plantacard® Account Manager to help manage and grow your business.
If you are interested in launching your own Plantacard® range, get in touch via the Contact us page or drop us an email at email@example.com to discuss how we can help develop a Plantacard® range that is exclusive to you.