How to Plant a Seed Bomb
Let’s say that you have a bit of land with nothing on it; it’s just plain grassland. Well then why not plant some seed bombs and give your land a bit of colour and make it a bit more aesthetically pleasing to look at! But how do you go about doing this? Well…
First things first…
This may sound obvious, but before we can get on to planting the seed bombs, you need to make sure you have your seed bombs to hand. You also need to make sure you have picked out a specific spot for your seed bombs. If you are not entirely sure where to plant them, hopefully this short guide will help with that
Location and Season
Seed bombs are very unique in that they can be planted pretty much anywhere with ease. Large expanses of grassland and pasture will allow for the seed bombs to spread out and have more room to grow as individual flowers, as opposed to being bunched together in groups. However, if you are using them in your garden or a much smaller plot of land, then you might not have any choice but to have them be closer together, but this won’t affect the plants too much as they germinate and bloom. Another thing to consider is the amount of sunlight in the area. It is recommended that the area should receive at least 6-7 hours of direct sunlight per day to grow properly. As for the season, seed bombs should be planted in mid-spring, as with most plants.
Another way that seed bombs are unique, is that they are not “planted”, per say. To utilise seed bombs properly, the most efficient method of planting seed bombs is just by throwing/scattering them into a specific area. Because of the way that seed bombs are manufactured, they require no work to be done on the soil, they can simply be thrown onto the ground and begin to grow. This process often gives a more natural look to that area after the plants have fully grown due to the random and asymmetric placement of the seeds. However, you need to make sure that the seed bombs are spread out enough so that they don’t become entangled with one another as they grow; about 1-2 inches between each seed bomb if you were growing them in a small space.
Of course, the option to plant them systematically is always there, however this slightly defeats the purpose of seed bombs in the first place. Seed bombs are made specifically to be thrown out randomly rather than be planted in a conventional way. The only reason why you might want to plant them in this way is if you had an extremely large piece of land. If you didn’t have thousands of seed bombs at your disposal, then you might want to spread them out evenly so that you don’t have disproportionate amounts of seed bombs in one area than another.
What Are the Growing Stages of a Seed Bomb?
So, you’ve found the perfect spot for your beautiful new wildflower patch, you’ve planted your seed bombs, and now…you wait. But for how long? How can you tell if your seed bombs are growing properly? What do you have to do to make sure that they grow to their full potential…?
Stage 1: Germination
Due to the way that seed bombs are made, and more particularly, how they are planted, the seed bombs aren’t in the ground when they begin to sprout. Instead, the seed bombs begin to sprout above ground, so the roots penetrate the surface of the soil before burying deeper into the dirt. While this is happening at one end, the stem emerges from the other.
Stage 2: Seedling
This is the stage where the seed bombs as you know it will start to crumble away. As various shoots rise from the seed bomb, the rounded shape will begin to disappear as the flower grows outward. Yet there will still be enough of the clay in the seed bomb left to support the flower as it continues to grow.
Stage 3: Budding/ Flowering:
This is where the flowers inside the seed bomb are really starting to take form, as the seed bomb should have completely crumbled away due to the growth of the roots and the stem being too much for the structure of seed bomb to remain intact. Buds and leaves at the top of the plant should be beginning to bloom as they move into the final stage of growth.
Final Stage: Fully Grown (Pollination/Reproduction)
A few days or weeks (depending on the type of flower) after the first buds appear on your flower, the flower should have fully matured and grown. It is now set to repeat this cycle through either asexual reproduction or sexual reproduction by cross pollination with other plants from other seed bombs.
How to support your plant while it’s growing
The greatest thing about seed bombs is that they don’t need too much support from humans to grow well. Of course, if you intend on making sure that your seeds grow as best as they possible can, you can use special fertilisers, but this is by no means a necessity. In terms of watering the seed bombs, make sure they are watered every one or two days during the earlier stages of growth. After that, be sure to check on them every few days and see if they look a bit dry, and if they do, then give them a light drizzle of water. But mother nature should take care of them from that point, as natural amounts rainfall should be enough to sustain the flowers.