Parsemains tips
How do I grow my planting card?

In a nutshell...

1

I water it

I bury my planting card flat under 1 cm of soil in a small pot, or in the ground if the outside temperature allows it. I water it gently but abundantly. 

2

I pamper her

In the days that follow, I make sure that the paper stays moist. As soon as the shoots appear, I place them in a sunny spot (near my window).

3

I watch it grow

Day after day, I admire the magic of the water and the sun on my little plants. Can I recognise them?

To go further...

 

Just starting out with seedlings? 

Here are some of our tips for turning your Parsemains papers and greeting cards into little refuges to boost biodiversity in your gardens and flowerbeds.

How do I germinate my card indoors?

1. Nursery

In a planter or pot filled with moist soil, place your beautiful card News flat, then cover it with a centimetre of soil. If you have a large area, gently tear your card into small pieces and bury them in the same way. Just don't cut it with scissors, as this could damage the precious little seeds inside. 

Now water the surface under which you have placed the paper gently but generously. Make sure that the soil layer is still in place, if not, reapply it. 

The soil should be kept very moist until the first shoots emerge. To do this, if you have planted your card in a pot, we recommend placing a saucer underneath and filling it with water each time it is about to be emptied. By capillary action, the soil will soak itself. 

Tip: Nursery
Tip: Appearance of cotillions

2. from shoot to plant

The first two leaves have appeared: these are the cotiloids, which, like our baby teeth, will disappear. It's time to offer them some sunshine and something a little more substantial to eat.

Place them on a thin layer of potting soil or garden soil, and place them near a good source of light: under a south-facing window, if possible. This step is important in order to prevent your seedlings from "going to seed", i.e. from withering away due to lack of light. In the following weeks, remember to check regularly that the substrate remains moist. 

3. transplanting in the ground

Once your seedlings have formed four more leaves, they are ready to be transplanted and placed in the ground.

As soon as the weather outside is mild enough, you can carefully separate your young plants from each other when planting them in the area you wish to flower. This will prevent them from suffocating and will give them each enough room to grow until they flower.

tip: transplanting

 Our tips for growing your card outdoors

1. consider the season

If you choose to plant your cards directly in the ground, we recommend that you take into consideration the natural cycles of the seasons. 

Our tips: Most plants drop their seeds in autumn, during the months of September, October and November. However, to maximise their chances of survival, it is best to wait for the first major frost. This ensures that the flowers will not grow until spring.

Spring is also a very good time to sow your wildflower seeds. You should wait until the risk of frost has passed: March, April, May.

Tip: in which season
tip: which environment is right for you?

2. What is the enabling environment?

Wildflowers will adapt to most types of soil. However, you may want to prepare the ground a little before planting, so that your flowers have a good chance of competing with other grasses. However, this is not necessary, as the aim is to enrich your biotope rather than replace it.

As for the location, a sunny area with drained soil is always preferable. Sowing them near a water source will help them to withstand periods of drought.

3. let nature take its course...

Your sprouted cards should be kept moist for at least four to six weeks after they start to germinate. Field flowers are quite easy and easy to grow naturally without maintenance.

All you have to do is let time and nature take its course. Soon you will be able to admire your little patch of flowers.

Well done: in addition to having a good time, you have actively contributed to the preservation of your local flora! Now it's up to butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects to take over...

 

tip: let nature take its course
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