BLOOMING CRACKERS

A new venture for 2020 – Blooming Crackers bring sustainability, style and seeds (!) to your Christmas table…

The crackers are made from 100% recycled card printed with 2 botanical designs (3 of each) and are tied up with paper raffia ribbon – meaning the whole cracker is recyclable.

Each box includes 6 filled crackers; containing a snap, paper hat, terrible joke (!) and a packet of seeds (6 x various) to be planted and enjoyed.
(colour of hats may differ from those pictured)

There are a mixture of flower and vegetable seed gifts in every box, these are packaged in biodegradable glassine bags and each feature a QR code leading to full planting instructions.

Blooming Crackers are made in Cornwall and will be posted out to you First Class via Royal Mail in plastic-free packaging.

Purchase Blooming Crackers in my Etsy shop

PLANTING ADVICE

Each seed packet asks you to scan a QR code for planing instructions – please see guidance for each variety of seed below.

Also please do share images of your blooms/crops on Instagram with #bloomingcrackers or tag @laura.likes

Happy planting!

LETTUCE / MIXED LEAF MESCULIN : Includes green and red cutting lettuce, Rocket, Tatsoi, Mizuna, Red Giant Mustard and Red Russian Kale

Days To Germination: 7-14 days

Ideal Soil Temp. for Germination: 40F to 75F

Days To Harvest: 30-75 days

Planting Depth: 1/8 inch

 Seed: ¼ inch

 Row: 12-18 inches

 Plant: 10-12 inches

Light: Sunny Location

  • Lettuce is hardy and you can plant as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • You can direct seed to a depth of 1/8 inch, and firm soil gently.
  • Or can be started indoors 2 to 3 weeks before last frost.
  • Also can be sown in the autumn for a late harvest.
  • When seedlings are 1 to 2 inches high, thin/transplant to 10 to 12 inches apart.
  • Replant thinned plants.
  • Harvest with scissors 1 inch above soil line when plants are 4 to 6 inches high.
  • Most varieties will grow back.
  • Sow every 2-3 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh lettuce.
  • In dry weather,
  • keep soil moist and during germination.
  • Grows best in cooler weather.

SPRING ONION / TOKYO LONG WHITE SPRING : Excellent for salads and garnishes. Suitable for summer and autumn harvests.

Days to Germination: 10-14.

Days To Harvest: 60-120.

Planting Depth: 1/2″.

Spacing, Row: 12-18 inches.

Spacing, Plant: 2-3 inches.

Light: Full Sun or Partial Shade.

  • For the finest onions,
  • sow seed directly outdoors, depth 1/4 to 1/2 inch,
  • in full sun to partial shade and well drained soil
  • as soon as the ground can be worked in Spring.
  • Planting Space rows 12 inches apart.
  • Scatter seed in the row at the rate of 3 seeds per inch.
  • Seed can be started indoors 8-10 weeks before transplanting outdoors.
  • When transplanting, clip plants to three inches and plant 2 inches deep.
  • When seedlings are 3 inches high, thin to stand 2 to 3 inches apart.
  • Harvest young plants in 60 days or up to 120 days for mature plants.
  • Fertile, moist soil enriched with compost is best for onion production.

COSMOS BIPINNATUS ‘GLORIA’ : Heavy blooming, rose-pink flowers with crimson centre, tall variety that can grow up to 4 ft.

Days To Germination: 5-10

Planting Depth:  1/4 inch

Spacing, Plant: 12 inches

Plant Height: 36-48 inches

Light:  Full Sun

  • Sow early indoors / under cover with warmth 4-6 weeks prior to the last frost in individual pots or trays.
  • Cover seed with 1/4 inch fine soil. Keep soil moderately moist and warm during germination.
  • Can be sown directly outdoors after danger of frost has passed through early summer.
  • Thin or transplant to 12 inches apart when plants are 2 to 3 inches tall.
  • Gradually acclimatise outside after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Cosmos grows best in full sun in ordinary garden soil and may re-sow itself.
  • Fairly drought resistant, water only when soil is dry for an extended period.

CORNFLOWER ‘BLUE BOY’ : Easily grown cottage garden annual that is drought resistant and grows to a height of 80mm-100mm.

Days To Germination: 5-10 days

Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 60F-70F

Planting Depth: 1/8 to ¼ inch

Spacing, Seed: 3-6 inch

Spacing, Plant: 10 to 12 inches

Plant Height: 24-36 inches

Light:  Full Sun/Partial Shade

  • Seeds can be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost.
  • Or direct-sow seeds outside after all danger of frost has passed to a depth of 1/8 to ¼ inch, well pressed as darkness aids in germination.
  • Tolerates a variety of soil types.
  • When seedlings are 2 to 3 inches high, thin to 10 to 12 inches apart.
  • Replant thinned plants.

GARDEN PEA ‘RONDO’ : An outstanding Main crop variety , straight long pods with an average of 10 peas per pod. Height: 75cm (30″). Spread: 25cm (10″).

  • Plant where peas have not been grown for 2 seasons, digging in well rotted organic matter.
  • Sow Mar – Jun 2” deep in 6” wide rows 2 inches apart.
  • The distance between the rows should equal the expected height of the variety.
  • Avoid sowing during any cold or very wet periods
  • Protect immediately from birds.
  • Keep weed free.
  • Provide support by 3 inches tall.
  • Pick regularly to maintain yields.

POPPY NUDICAULE ICELAND MIX : Bi-annual poppy in mixed shades of red, pink, orange and yellow. Best when massed in large groups. Days to germination: 5-14. Planting Depth: 1/16 – 1/8 inch.

  • Plant in a sunny location with well drained soil.  Plant seed directly outdoors in early-mid spring.
  • Cultivate soil, mix seeds with a cup of sand and broadcast lightly over planting area. Lightly rake into soil or cover with light soil to a depth of 1/16 to 1/8 inch.
  • Can be sown in autumn in mild winter areas.
  • “Papaver” do need a period of chill / exposure to cold once sown to germinate which breaks the seeds dormancy.
  •  This can also be achieved by placing placing in a fridge for 10-14 days prior to sowing.
  •  If not chilled the seeds will remain dormant until the following spring.
  • When plants are 2 inches high, thin to 6 to 8 inches apart. Does not transplant well.
  • Keep soil moderately moist during germination.  Once plants are well established, water only as needed.
  • For cut flowers, cut stem just before buds open and sear stem end in flame immediately.
  • This plant will re-sow itself if left to seed.

TOMATO ALICANTE: A cordon variey that bears medium sized fruits with a superb sweet flavour.  Performs well both under glass or outdoors in a sheltered sunny location. Height: 200cm.

  • Sow in spring 1/16 inch deep.  Germination takes around 6-14 days at 65-75F.
  • Transplant the seedlings when large enough to handle into 3 inch pots.  Grow on under cooler conditions and when about 8 inches tall, either plant in their growing position in the greenhouse or gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions and plant out 18 inches apart in a warm and sunny spot in moist, fertile well drained soil and keep watered.

GIANT SUNFLOWER ‘MONGOLIAN GIANT’: A true giant reaching up to 420cm (14ft) tall with one of the largest flowering sunflower seed heads available which can achieve up to 45cm (18in) across. Not suitable for exposed sites and will need support.

Planting Depth: 1/4 inch. Spacing, Seed: 4-6 inch Spacing, Plant: 24-36 inches

  • Seeds can be started indoors 3 to 4 weeks before last spring frost.
  • Or direct-sow seeds outside after all danger of frost has passed to a depth of 1/4 inch.
  • Can be sown as late as 100 days before last frost.
  • When seedlings are 2 to 3 inches high, thin to individual pots. Replant thinned plants.
  • Steadily harden off before planting out after all danger of frost has passed.
  • These will require staking / support in all but the most sheltered locations.

NASTURTIUM ‘TROPAEOLUM JEWEL MIX’: A hardy annual growing to 12-14” with large Semi-double 2-2½” flowers held high above the foliage in mix of bright colours including crimson-red, scarlet-orange, gold and sulphur yellow. Likes full sun.

Planting Depth: 1/8-¼  inch. Spacing, Plant:  12-24 inches.

  • Sow indoors / heated propagator from 3-4 weeks before the last spring frost or sow directly outdoors , in full sun ,after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Germination requires 65F.
  • Keep soil moist  during germination
  • Cover with 1/8 to ¼ inch of fine soil.  When seedlings are 2-3 inches high, thin/transplant to 12-24 inches apart.
  • Replant thinned plants.
  • Plant in sandy, well-drained soil.
  • Do not fertilize. Enriched soil tends to promote more foliage than flowers.

SUNFLOWER AUTUMN BEAUTY: multi-headed 4 to 8 inch blossoms on 6-8’ strong stemmed plants. Autumn Beauty colours are a mixture of reds, browns, mahogany, orange & gold. Likes full sun.

Days To Germination:  14-21 days. Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 68F-86F. Planting Depth: 1/4  inch. Spacing, Seed: 4-6 inch. Spacing, Plant: 24-36 inches.

  • Seeds can be started indoors 3 to 4 weeks before last spring frost.
  • Or direct-sow seeds outside after all danger of frost has passed to a depth of 1/4 inch. Can be sown as late as 100 days before last frost.
  • When seedlings are 2 to 3 inches high, thin to individual pots. Replant thinned plants.
  • Protect from Snails / Slugs whilst young.
  • Steadily harden off before planting out after all danger of frost has passed.
  • May require staking / support in exposed postions.