A seed ball (or plant seed bomb) is a plant seed which has been pre-planted in a small round lump of soil materials, mainly a mixture of clay and compost along with other necessary nutrients, and the entire ball containing the seed is then dried.
What happens in a seed ball?
- The seed-ball is a mini soil pocket which contains the seed and all other necessary ingredients for the seed’s survival in the same pocket. This enables the seed to germinate for a few days initially and then be produced when the conditions are right.
- In effect, each seed is ?pre-planted? and is generally sown by depositing the seed ball anywhere where it is suitable for the plant species.
- This keeps the seed safe from birds etc till the right moment for germination comes.
- They are an easy and sustainable method to achieve plant cultivation as it provides a large window of time when during the time period of the sowing.
- A seed ball is easy to transport and easy to plant.
Historical use of the Seed Balls
- Historically, the Seed balls were used by the Ancient Egyptians to plant crops when the swollen banks of the river Nile receded after a flood.
- They are also used in Asia and North America, especially in regions of high aridity.