The gift that gives back 
Ruby & Bo design and create plantable cards and eco-friendly gifts using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. When you buy a Ruby & Bo product, you are not only supporting the endangered craft of papermaking in this country, you are also protecting our bees and helping us to plant more trees! 
Founded in 2019 by Victoria, a merchandiser and part-time artist, and Rob, a graphic designer by trade, Ruby & Bo was named after their two small children. 
Horrified with the waste generated by the greeting card industry, the pair decided to develop an eco-friendly alternative using wildflower seeds.. the result, 100% compostable cards with a purpose! 
Initially launching with a range of plantable greeting cards and seed paper shapes, the two have ventured further into the world of eco-friendly stationery with a growing (no pun intended!) range of plantable notebooks, wrapping paper, recycled ribbon and paper tape. 
Ruby & Bo proudly operate a 100% sustainable business, using truly ‘green’ materials and post-consumer waste wherever possible. The company is carbon positive reinvesting a portion of their profits in environmental schemes, such as tree planting. 
In fact, with the help of Ecologi and the Eden Reforestation Project, they have planted over 24,000 trees so far! 
Every month Ruby & Bo invest with Ecologi and they use the money to fund eco-projects across the globe. 
Plant within 18 months 
It is best to plant all of our seed paper products within 18 months. After this time the paper will still sprout, but the germination rate will begin to decline. In addition, try and store your plantable paper products in dry and cool conditions, as heat and humidity can also affect the viability of the seeds. 
Soak the paper before planting 
The paper will germinate planted dry and followed with a good water, but alternatively, you can hold the paper under a cold tap for a few seconds before planting to ensure the seeds get off to a good start! 
Water regularly 
The paper needs to be kept moist until the seeds have germinated. This softens the paper and helps the tiny seedlings break through. Do not make the mistake of 'over-watering' them though, the paper should be damp, not swimming! 
Do not plant the paper too deep 
The paper needs to be covered with a thin layer of soil - approx 5mm. If planted too deep the seeds may remain dormant. 
Plant in a pot 
Start the seedlings in a pot and only transfer outside (or re-pot inside) when they are fully established. 
Good things come to those who wait :) 
Our wildflower paper contains a mix of both annual and perennial species. If planted early in the Spring, the annual species will bloom later the same year. If the paper is planted later in the season, the annuals will not bloom until the following year. The majority of the seeds we use are perennials and these will not flower until the year after they have been planted. Be patient if you can only see green for what seems like ages, there is no rushing Mother Nature and the flowers will bloom eventually. 
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