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Seed Packet Design

I have been sowing lots of seeds this morning and every year I manage to chop off the top of the seed packet and destroy some of the vital information.  I then spend some time stapling and sellotaping back the destroyed information.

Does anyone have a technique for opening packets efficiently or should they re-design packets in a more user friendly way?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881

    My thoughts on this subject:

    If they redesign the packets the price will go up.

    I shall buy shares in Sellotape.


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    I've discovered that if you slice them neatly across with scissors about an inch down from the top you generally miss the glue and the foil insert (if any).  A nice straight cut can generally miss the printing; and don't go all the way across.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,421

    Read the instructions before you open them?image

    That's what I do. I'm  incapable of opening any packet or box without completely destroying itimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I do that Nut but like to keep the packet for reference or if I stagger sewing/planting.  If they just had a blank bit at the top of about half an inch then start the narrative it would be helpful as the actual foil pack is teeny weeny and only uses a quarter of the pack anyway.  Maybe I ought to contact a few seed producers with a design!image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,421

    Go for it Foresterimage

    There's a need


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,296

    I ordered petunia seed from T&M for the last few yrs - the seed arrived loose in the big packet - no inner foil packet. Supposedly there were 25 seeds in the packet.
    I always wonder how on earth they measure out these minute seeds??
    I ordered from Mr Fothergill this yr and the seed arrived in a small vial - same petunias, double the amount of seed and cheaper.

    When I were a lad, it was easy to peel open the top of the packet, but I guess these days it's all hermetically sealed - what they call progress I suppose...
    These days I wiggle a small paring knife into the overfold gap at the top and slice the top open.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I turn the packet upside down and shake/tap it well, then cut the bottom of the packet about 2mm down with a pair of scissors. After removing seed fold over couple of times and stick down with a piece of sellotape.

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