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This is as far as I know an original idea of planting medium that is has not been currently developed or under investigation.

Therefore (and until someone probes me otherwise) I am the developer of the adaptation and the rights of this idea are for public use and development as far as the name "Paper-Green" and my authorship are respected.

I have done several experiments with different seeds and all of them have fully grown, but as paper has different chemicals or whitening purposes I do not advise plant for human consumption until otherwise proven.

Please do your own experiments and share!

Pablo J. Chalita

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Step 1: The Basics

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First of all you have to collect paper, I personally use any kind of paper that gets into my hands, without taking care if it has ink, charcoal, if it's plasticized or else. The only thing I don't do is mix it with paper with organic residues (e.j. food)

I use a paper crusher but sometimes I cut it by hand, it's important so the future process is easier.

After the paper is cut I put it in a pot with water and let it rest for a while (this can go from minutes to days), then place it in the blender and strain the remaining water in the pot for re-use.

Note: this process is exactly the same as you do for other types of paper recycling.

Step 2: Placing the mix

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You have to do the previous process several times until you fulfill a plant pot with the mix.

Be sure that you don't drain all the water from the mix, it has to have a texture as if it was play-doh.

At the end I do some holes with my fingers but this is not needed.

After you have at least 1 1/2 in of mixture you can place the seeds. Please note that I have found that plant height is related with the amount of mix, more mix, bigger plant.
Toasty22221 year ago
Since it's much lighter than soil you could probably do some cool living wall hangings!
AlbanyJeff2 years ago
great idea, but...there is a company in Oregon that has been producing this for a few years. They also use it as a "seed wrap" and makes long strips of homemade planting strips that you place on the ground and water and they grow. It works great, esp with smaller seeds. I have also seen a greeting card with seeds made in the paper, it makes a great homemade gift and after you "gift it" the person who received it can plant it as a reminder of a nice gift. This might be another way to use the idea. I don't know if it is trademarked or not. Good luck to you.
pchalita (author)  AlbanyJeff2 years ago
Hey Jeff, yes as you say this has been used as a protecive wrap (there is a related instructable), but this companies do not use it as a soil. If this had been done in the past there would be studies of safety and other commercial products.

I say this from a research I made a few years ago and couldn't find anything related to this. Anyway thanks for the comment.
antioch2 years ago
Interesting, I'd have never thought this would work so good!
Great concept, you always get too many papers and advertisments. I will try it come spring.

Slightly off-topic, regarding the "waiting until warm"-water, we use a bucket to catch that, then flush our toilet with it.
pchalita (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
Thanks, I have a "waiting until warm" water idea that I want to develop in the future.
nyx7022 years ago
This is a fabulous idea. Not only is it eco friendly but it's wallet friendly. Potting soil is expensive! It's just dirt!
pchalita (author)  nyx7022 years ago
Thanks, it really is eco-friendly, I also keep my paper near shower so I can re use the "waiting until warm" water that usually is wasted.
This is a cool idea for some interesting decorating ideas. Thanks for sharing.
pchalita (author)  freefall20232 years ago
Thanks, Please share your future project photos!