If you are an avid gardener, you know how vital seed tape, or paper, can be to propagating the lovely flowers you enjoy throughout the summer and the bountiful harvest of home-grown vegetables you bring in each season. However, every gardener who knows the benefits of this product knows that it can be extremely difficult to find in retail stores, so they are forced to stock up whenever they find a supply. Even stores that carry this reliable commodity rarely have the variety that a true green-thumb is looking for.
If you are a meticulous gardener who strives to attain the most perfectly-spaced rows of seeds, you will be glad to know that SmartSolve water soluble paper is perfect for making your own DIY seed tape at home.
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Seed tape is typically constructed as a roll of two thin strips of paper with evenly-spaced seeds in between. The paper is simply planted and watered, which allows the seeds to germinate while the paper breaks down. This is what makes SmartSolve water soluble paper an excellent choice.
If you are wondering how this product can be beneficial to your gardening ventures, consider these perks:
It is perfect for small seeds - a tweezer can be used to place seeds individually in the paper at their appropriate spacing.
It saves on seed waste, as you control how many seeds you place in the paper.
It ensures the exact spacing you want for your prized flower and vegetable seedlings.
It saves time for home gardeners and money for businesses, eliminating the need to go back and thin seed rows.
When you make your DIY seed paper, it is vital to consider the seed spacing. This will not only prevent you from wasting seeds. It prevents crowding, overgrowth and promotes plant health. Seed strips make planting a foolproof process for kids and grown-ups alike.
To make your own DIY seed strips, you will need the following materials:
Spreadable paste made from water and flour
To make your seed paper, simply cut a strip of paper the length of the row you wish to plant, then mark the spacing of your seeds with a pencil. Next, you will apply a small amount of the paste at your seed marks with your paintbrush and place a seed or two at each spot. Fold the paper in half lengthwise to seal the seeds inside. Then, label it, so you won’t forget which seeds you placed inside. You can store your seed tape in an airtight container until planting time when you roll it out in the desired location and cover it with the proper depth of soil.
Appropriate seed spacing is typically printed on the seed label, but the following suggestions are a good rule of thumb:
Extra small plants - 2”
Small plants - 3”
Medium plants - 6” (arugula, spinach, bok choy, garlic, broad bean, kale, lettuce)
Large plants - 12” (tomato, broccoli, eggplant, peppers)
This is a great project to get the kids involved with gardening and a fun idea to make things interesting while social distancing at home. If you are a greenhouse owner or run a business that requires you to grow products from seeds, seed tape is a great option. This seed tape is a cost-effective solution to the labor costs of work hours spent thinning out rows of seedlings to maximize your production's quality and efficiency. SmartSolve DIY seed paper makes gardening easier for hobbyists and businesses alike.
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Whether you are an amateur gardener, or a greenhouse business looking for a way to achieve lovely rows of plants without having to bother with thinning, SmartSolve DIY seed paper is an ideal solution. Contact us through our website, or reach out to us today at 888.788.5085 to find out more about our water soluble paper.