BackSeeds We Use (Corporate)

 

How we select suitable seeds

Our seeded paper (which we also call seed paper or plantable paper) has 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.

Other seeds can still be embedded in the paper but are larger and the surface of the paper is slightly raised with each seed. This paper can still be printed but care has to be taken to ensure the seeds are not damaged.

There are many seeds that can be embedded in our paper that are too large to print and would only be used if no printing was required (eg as a tip-on to another item).

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Where do the seeds come from?

We source all our seeds from within Australia. We encourage our plantable seed paper to be planted in domestic gardens and back yards rather than native bush areas - this also makes it easier to keep the paper moist during germination.

We use seeds of a particular species in our seeded paper. We would not normally specify the provenance of those seeds (ie where they were gathered). However, some people like to encourage the planting of seeds that have actually been gathered from the same area as they are to be planted.

If you would like local provenance seeds, we can use them to make paper specially for you. Or we could use the seeds that you supply. Subject, of course to their suitability.

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Seeds

We keep stock of many papers with different seeds. Each sheet of paper has only one type of seed (although we can also make paper with a mixture of several seeds).

Our standard papers

Using Australian natives trees, shrubs or flowers is likely to be of great benefit to bird, insect and animal life.

Callistemon citrinus (Lemon-scented Bottlebrush)

A widespread attractive evergreen shrub with red flowers 10cm long appearing all year round. It is a native of NSW, QLD & VIC. It grows to a height of 3.5m with a spread of 2m. (NB No sale to WA or TAS)

 

 

Brachycome iberidifolia (Swan River Daisy)

Indigenous to Western and central Australia, it 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. It grows to a height of 0.2m with a spread of 0.3m. The flowers are white, blue, purple or pink and daisy-like, appearing in summer, giving a vibrant display of eye-catching colour. Ideal for containers or rockeries.

The spelling of Brachycome often includes an ‘s’… Brachyscome and either spelling is considered acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)           

A small-leaved perennial plant. It is a low, creeping plant that grows up to about 30cm tall. It prefers full sun or part shade and a dryish soil. Can be added to many dishes and also eaten fresh in salads.

 

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)           

This perennial herb grows to about 30cm with oval, soft hairy leaves and woody stems. Once established, the plants spread by underground stems and can provide excellent ground cover. A popular flavouring in Mediterranean style cooking. It also dries well.

Basil (Ocimum baslicum) 

An annual herb with large green leaves. It prefers full sun to part shade and will grow 30 – 60cm tall. Pinching out the centres will stop flowers forming and encourage growth. Very popular across many cuisines and great for pesto!

Parsley (Petroselineum crispum)           

Grows to about 30cm tall and can be grown in the garden or a container. Prefers full sun. Pinch out seed stalks and harvest from the outside as new growth comes from the centre of the plant. Great in salads or as a garnish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot (Daucus carota)           

A garden vegetable with global popularity. Prefers full sun. Foliage can grow to 30 or 40cm high. A root vegetable which will be ready to harvest in 2 – 4 months. Can be eaten raw or juiced, steamed, roasted or used for cake.

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)           

An easy to grow salad green which prefers full sun although partial shade is beneficial in hot weather. Suitable for growing in a container. Can be harvested by plucking the outer leaves, or the whole plant.

Wild Rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia)           

A fast grower that thrives best if kept well-watered. The leaves form at the base of the plant. Harvested by picking young or mature leaves and new ones continue to form. A popular salad green with a slightly peppery flavour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis alpestris)           

There are many dainty blue flowers on this attractive small plant. It grows to about 30cm tall and gets covered in pretty flowers with five blue petals and a yellow centre.

Prefers semi-shaded areas and makes stunning borders or a colourful adition to rock gardens.

(Not an Australian native.)

 

 

 

 

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Seeds for a special make

Extra charges apply

  • Australian Natives

          Any species of Callistemon (Bottlebrush), Melaleuca (Paperbark) or Leptospermum (Tea Tree).

          There are many species of each of them.

Callistemons are commonly called Bottlebrushes. There are over 30 species. They are well-known for use in gardens and for street planting. Many species have red flowers that produce vibrant colour for much of the year.

 

Melaleucas are also referred to as paperbarks or honey-myrtles (normally referring to the smaller shrubby species). There are over 160 known species of Melaleuca. The flowers range from white, cream, yellow, pink, red and mauve.

Leptospermums are commonly called Tea Trees (the aromatic foliage of several species was used by the early European settlers to make a tea substitute). The genus has over 80 species. Flowers are around 1 or 1.5cm across with 5 petals and are white, pink or red.
  Some native grasses are also suitable for use in seeded paper eg Poa labillardierii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          We can also use other native species but the seeds of many are too large (eg Wattles – like small peas).

          Please contact Paper-Go-Round if you have a special requirement.

  • Herbs
Rosemary Chives We can make plantable paper with a number of other herb seeds. However, some seeds are much more expensive so prices may vary. We’re always happy to discuss any special requirements you may have.

 

 

  • Vegetables
We can make plantable paper with a number of other vegetable seeds but many veggie seeds are relatively large and we cannot print on the paper. Let us know if you would like a specific seed and we will see what is possible.

 

 

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Scientific Names

All plants have scientific or botanical names and most have common names too (which are much easier to pronounce!).

The biological classification is

  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species

So the species is generally (there are some sub-species) the lowest level of grouping for plants and other living things. For example, the name Callistemon viminalis (“Weeping Bottlebrush”), is given to those plants that have the same identifying characteristics (height, bark, leaves, flowers, etc). Callistemon is the genus and viminalis designates the species.

It is unusual for plants of one species to ‘breed’ with plants of another species.

The grouping of several species is called a genus. A genus contains a number of species which have characteristics different from other groups of species. The Latin names of the genus and species together form the scientific name of the plant. The genus is written with a capital letter, the species in lower case (eg Callistemon viminalis).

The next level up, the Family, groups together several Genus. The most significant Family in relation to seeded or plantable paper is the Myrtaceae Family. This contains Callistemons, Leptospermums, Melaleucas and Eucalypts (as well as others). None of the Myrtaceae seeds are allowed into WA or TAS.

Cultivars are plants that have been selected and bred for particular characteristics, say a slightly different flower colour, but are part of the same species. They are normally written with the scientific name followed by the cultivar name in single quotes eg Callistemon viminalis ‘Captain Cook’ or just Callistemon ‘Captain Cook’.

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Common Names

Whilst all plants have scientific names, many also have common names (which are much easier to pronounce!). But you cannot rely on always using an easy to pronounce common name – partly because there might not be one for the seed you are interested in. The following points highlight other reasons why the scientific name is often necessary – and remember Paper-Go-Round can help to clarify any particular seed requirements you may have.

A particular species of plant (as identified by its scientific name) can be referred to by more than one common name eg Lemon-scented Bottlebrush and Crimson Bottlebrush are both common names for Callistemon citrinus.

A common name does not always uniquely identify the seed because a common name can refer to more than one species eg Swamp Paperbark refers to both Melaleuca ericifolia and also Melaleuca rhaphiophylla.

Common names can also be confusing…

  • Lemon Bottlebrush refers to Callistemon pallidus but Lemon-scented Bottlebrush refers to Callistemon citrinus
  • Scarlet Bottlebrush is not the same as Crimson Bottlebrush… but aren’t they both just red anyway?!

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Does the seeded paper grow?

A picture is worth a thousand words...

 

As used in the Australian version of Katy Perry's Prism album

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