Updated: Nov 21, 2022
We would like to broadcast - on behalf of seeds everywhere - SOW NAKED!
We have been asked so many times, “Why don’t you sell seed bombs”.
Despite being the ‘on-trend’ novelty way to sell seeds it has never appealed to us at Friendly Seed Company.
Because seeds are amazing Naked!
Here are two of the seeds we have in our mixes - the Cornflower and the Corncockle.
These magnified seed images are the photographs of the very talented Rob Kesseler from his book with Wolfgang Stuppy, Seeds, Time Capsules of Life, Published by Papadakis.
We thank him for his kind permission to reproduce his images so we can share the beauty of seeds.
Pretty amazing? We think so!
Each seed has evolved to suit its environment and method of dispersal.
We are therefore sceptical about seed bombs for the following reasons
1 The bomb-making process must involve wetting the seed. Moisture begins the process of germination. (The same applies to seeded paper products).
2 Coating them with clay entombs these miracles of creation. They are clad in a straight-jacket, potentially unable to detect light and warmth as the days grow longer with the coming of Spring
3 When the bombs land only a small area is touching the damp earth and the seed is very concentrated in a small area, so the seedlings will be competing with each other for water and light.
To us, seed bombs are counter-intuitive - so in our opinion - SOW NAKED!
Here are some other wildflower seed images to show the diversity of seed types (Foxglove, Orchid, Common Skullcap, Sea Campion, Comfrey, Greater Stitchwort)
Enjoy the delight of broadcasting* your seeds as nature intended!
* broadcast seeding - scattering seed, by hand or mechanically, over a large area.
Images of Seeds by Rob Kesseler from his book with Wolfgang Stuppy, Seeds, Time Capsules of Life, Published by Papadakis. Images © Rob Kesseler