Why does my seed order seem so much smaller than I expected?
Don’t panic. The thing that surprises people the most about our seed packs and blends is the actual volume of seed in the envelope. Seed size is extremely variable. Seeds of some plants are as small as a speck of dust, while others like acorns for example, are much larger. Did you know?
- one teaspoon of Monkey-flower seed holds about 40,000 seeds can cover about 80m2
- one teaspoon of Large-leaved Lupine seed holds just 140 seeds can cover only 1.5m2
In other words, to cover an area of 80m2 (~860 sq ft) you would need:
- 1 teaspoon of Monkey-flower seed, or
- 53 teaspoons (~1 cup) of Large-leaved Lupine seed
Same area coverage, VERY different volume due to seed size. For this reason, volumes of seed vary immensely depending on species. That’s why we measure seed by the amount of area it can cover (in metres squared) rather than weight or volume.
This half cup of native seed has ~105,000 seeds and would very generously cover 175m2
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