How To Print On Seed Paper

People often ask “Can I print on seed paper?” and the short answer is yes! Printing on seed paper is a great way of making customised plantable creations, but ensuring you print in a way that won’t damage the seeds within your paper, or your home printer, is really important. Below we talk about our recommended printing method for the best results, plus some other options available to you.

Our Recommended Printing Process

We recommend using an Inkjet printer with a top-loading gravity-fed system. This ensures the seeds within your plantable paper are not damaged by the printing process. The goal here is to minimise both the heat and pressure on the paper.

inkjet printer for printing on seed paper

Remove Debris

Shake all your seed paper sheets to ensure you remove any debris and partially embedded seeds.

Try applying a small amount of pressure to ensure the paper feeds correctly in to the tray.

Other Ways to Print Seed Paper

If you don’t have access to an inkjet printer the following methods are still suitable and won’t damage any of the seeds embedded within the paper.

– Offset printing
– Using a screen printer
– Letterpress

Things to Consider when Printing on Seed Paper

Keep your design minimal: in most cases, seed paper is made using recycled paper and tends to be very fibrous. This can lead to ink leaching along the fibres so try to avoid large blocks of colour on your print design.

Avoid small text and intricate fonts: due to the seeds embedded within the paper, you may get some imperfections during a print which could lead to your text being illegible. Try to consider this when designing and let the seeded texture of the paper be a key part of your design.

Get creative: when you’re drafting your design, be aware that seeds may be visible when held up to the light. With some clever design you can create some fantastic patterns and imagery utilising the seeds embedded within your paper.

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