When I’ve talked to readers and librarians about ARROW, I’ve been giving out little squares of seed paper. I encourage them to plant the paper squares with kids to grow beautiful wild flowers. One of the things I love about this is the way it builds a love of nature. It’s one thing to look around at our world and enjoy trees and flowers, but when kids grow things themselves, they gain an even bigger appreciation for nature. And more importantly, they see how they can be a part of it.
Whether you’ve got seed paper from me or from somewhere else, here’s how to plant it:
Your seed paper can be planted indoors or outdoors, just make sure it’s in a sunny spot. If you’re planting your seed paper outside, spring is the best time, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you live in a cold area, wait until the weather has warmed up or keep your seeds inside.
Put your seed paper on slightly compressed soil. Make sure the soil isn’t packed too hard. The roots need space to spread.
Add a thin layer of soil on top of the paper, about 1/8th of an inch.
Water the seed paper well.
Every day, check your paper spot and make sure it stays moist and sunny (except at night, of course 😉 ). Seeds need water and sun to germinate.
In a week to 10 days, you should start seeing sprouts. If you don’t, make sure they’re staying moist and getting sun.
Keep nurturing your sprouts. Your beautiful wild flowers will bloom in around eight to twelve weeks.