Special thanks to Lionheart Prints (www.lionheartprints.com) for providing us with a generous paper donation for our 2019 seed beads! With their support, we’re moving closer to only using upcycled materials in our keepsake throws!
Grow your own Secret Garden with us all year!
What seeds are contained in your bead?
Beads contain a mix of wildflower seeds, both annual and perennial:
Dwarf Cornflower/Bachelor Button
Tall Cornflower/Bachelor Button
Red Corn Poppy (Legion Poppy)
Lance Leaf Coreopsis
Mixed Red Poppy (Shirley Poppy)
Black Eyed Susan
Wild Perennial Lupine
How do I grow the bead?
The first (and most important!) step is to tear the bead from the bottom portion of this year’s throw. (The top portion of the throw can then be placed on a magnet for your fridge or displayed with your own carefully curated collection of Mardi Gras keepsakes!) It can be sown directly into a garden or grown in a pot. Either way, pre-soak your bead in water for 4-6 hours then find a sunny spot, place the sphere under about 1/4″ of soil, water thoroughly and continue to monitor for the first 4-6 weeks to ensure that the seedlings are kept moist but not wet.
When can I plant my bead?
The bead can be started anytime indoors as long as the pot is kept in a sunny window. The flowers can then be transplanted outdoors in spring.
Outdoors, paper planted late fall to early spring will take advantage of the winter moisture and will produce earlier blooms. Beads planted in summer will need to monitored more closely to ensure that it is receiving adequate moisture when the seedlings first start growing.
How long do the SeedsAsBeads last?
We recommend that you plant your bead within 3 months to ensure the best germination results.
Please be sure to document your bead’s growth progress through pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #secretgarden #seedsasbeads and #krewedesfleurs. Thanks for making our garden grow!
We also carry reusable water bottles instead of toss away versions that we all know eventually make their way into our oceans. No more plastic bottles on the route from our members!