The most traditional method of manufacturing seed paper is still the most prominent in the plantable paper industry. Handmade seed paper is created by first producing a pulp, this is achieved by adding warm water to a variety of recycled papers and mixing vigorously. Seeds of various varieties are then added to this mix and stirred to ensure an even spread throughout the mixture.
The seeded paper mulch is then spread in a thin layer across a screen with a wooden frame also known as a Mould & Deckle. After a quick shake to help align the fibres within the paper the sheet is left to drip dry before being removed. Next, the paper is pressed by hand, board or mechanical press to flatten and remove any excess moisture within the paper sheets.
Once this is complete, the sheets are left to dry on a flat surface to reduce imperfections in the surface of the paper and create a more even finish.
This paper will then be cut as required to make either sheets or a finished product like seed paper tags