What Are Clay Seed Bombs?
It's a simple recipe: clay, compost, and native wildflower seeds. The clay absorbs moisture, the compost provides nutrients, and the seeds already know what they need to do!
When is the Best Time to Plant Clay Seed Bombs?
For best results, we recommend planting in the late fall through the early spring. Many species need a period of cold to break the dormancy prior to germination. Planting in the snow is actually beneficial-the seed bombs won't roll down steep hills and they will bond to the subsurface earlier in the spring season. Seeds can sit dormant for years, so for dry states, be patient! It can take 2-3 years.
Why Clay Seed Bombs?
Seed bombs are essentially self-planting! Once they are exposed to earth and water, they dissolve and bond with the subsurface, increasing the odds of germination. Other benefits include:
- Due to the seeds being embedded in clay, it’s less appealing to hungry rodents and birds.
- Works well for steep embankments that are difficult to access below especially when planted in the snow - they won't roll downhill.
- Higher germination rate and farther broadcast distances than with loose seeds.
- Requires less embodied energy than drill seeding or hydroseeding, which both require road access or flat terrain.
How To Plant
- Open bag of clay seed bombs
- Chuck clay seed bomb
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That's it! Digging holes is not needed, and nor is watering: seed bombs are based on entropy and they will naturally dissolve into subsurface with rainfall. Regional native wildflower blends by definition are designed to succeed in their own native environment, and while watering will absolutely help germination rates, it is not needed.
If you are planting on coarser materials like mulch or pine needles, it can increase your chances of success to clear it out first.
How Do You Make Clay Seed Bombs?
Clay seed bombs are made through a sophisticated, scientifically-engineered process of combining clay, compost, and seeds, evenly mixed into a large batch. Once the proprietary formula has been validated, we add water, and measure and mold the mix into perfection, and cured for 237 minutes. All product is manufactured and packaged with classical music playing in the background to guarantee the happiness of the seeds. The end product is what the layman may call a "dirt clod." To us it is so much more . . .
What Kind of Clay Do You Use?
Natural red clay. No chemical hardeners, no coloring additives, no fertilizers, no extra ingredients. Just plain clay.
What Compost Do You Use?
We have sourced high-quality grow medium compost product from the Denver Green Waste stream. The goal is to source materials as close to home as possible in order to minimize the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process.
How Many Square Feet Does a 2-Pound Bag Cover?
A single 2-pound bag with densely plant about 200 square feet. 1 case (10-pack) will cover about 2,000 square feet. Of course, it all depends on how close together you want your plants!
How Many Seeds Are in a Package?
1 pound of raw wildflower seeds can contain 200,000-300,000 seeds. Each individual bag weighs 2 pounds; on average, each unit will contain about 10 grams of seed.
How Are Your Regional Native Wildflower Blends Different from Other Wildflower Blends at the Hardware Store?
Many of the seed blends you find at most stores are often generic mixes that are mass produced from all over the country. These blends may contain seeds that the Department of Agriculture might consider to be noxious weeds or invasive species. When you buy "hummingbird mix", it is often just a blend of red flowers containing non-Native species.
We have a Colorado Department of Agriculture Seed Labelers License and we only buy seeds from local, reputable wholesalers that regularly test their mixes for content and germination rates. One of our frontmost goals is also to reduce our overall carbon footprint, something that can't be promised for the distributers you might find at the hardware store.
Why Don't You Make "Butterfly Mixes" or "Hummingbird Mixes"?
Wildflower mixes are what we call "pollinator mixes." Often, single-focus mixes tailored to specific pollinators will include many flowers species that are not native to that region. By specializing in Native Wildflower Blends, we attract native pollinators by promoting native biodiversity.
What if I Accidentally Step on a Clay Seed Bomb?
If the seeds haven't germinated yet, foot traffic can actually help break down the seed bomb and embed the clay seed bomb into the under-laying soil. As long as the seedings are not trampled, don't worry about it!
Why Try Our Brand and not Another Clay Seed Ball Company?
There are plenty of choices out there for purchasing various types of clay seed balls. Make an informed decision to support the business that resonates with you.
Purchasing from a source geographically close to you will help reduce the embodied energy of the end product (i.e. how much gasoline it takes to get the seed bombs.
We are based in Conifer, Colorado. Our goal is sustainable land reclamation and to create abundant native biodiversity to attract native pollinators. We believe that we offer the best overall value factoring in price, pounds of material and quality native wildflower seeds.
Some companies will sell 6-12 truffle sized balls for $25, some companies sell 1 pound of material based on coverage of square feet and other companies promote NASA engineered soil samples. There are seed balls that are manufactured in bulk by a machine and there are seed balls are hand-rolled on the kitchen table by your local group of “XYZ”. Whether it's a hobby on the side or a full time business, we are all selling wildflower seeds to promote pollinators.
At the end of the day, there is a lot of ground to cover, (pun intended), so let's get started.