Seedball Plantations | Sustainable Hotels in India

Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd. Seed Ball Initiative

What are seed balls?

A Seed ball is simply that - a seed inside of a ball of mud and compost, mixed with some nutritious binders. Our sustainable hotels in India are focusing on helping reduce the costs of planting various useful indigenous plant species (mostly trees!). The ball helps protect the seed within from predators such as birds, rodents and insects and extremes of temperature until the rains arrive! Once soaked, the seed ball will help retain and prolong a moist environment around the seed to encourage germination.

How to make?

Just store the seed ball in a dry place and throw it anywhere you want the tree to grow. Yes! It's that simple. Nature will take care of the rest.

The Do's
  • Do think like a Tree! Look for pro-active microhabitats for your seed balls. Favour areas likely to conserve moisture, and places wildlife and livestock can't access easily. BE the mother-tree!
  • Do foster vacant or degraded land and fill empty urban spaces with trees and flowers.
  • Do obtain permission from the land managers first if you'd like to re-seed in a conservation area.
  • Do ensure the site is not due for imminent development and that the plants will thrive there.
  • Do your best to match plant and tree species to their natural environmental types- e.g. highland, dryland, lakeshore and swampland. Each to its own.

The Dont's
  • Don't throw seed balls at people or windows. Please ensure that nothing or nobody will be damaged or harmed by your flying seed balls.
  • Don't interfere with food crops by spreading Seed Balls across agricultural fields.
  • Don't throw them on land with obvious inadequate growing conditions. If there is insufficient water, light and no obvious soil for the plants to anchor themselves, they will most likely eventually perish.
  • Don't transport Seed Balls internationally without appropriate phytosanitation certificates.
  • Don't be impatient. Some seeds germinate only after several rainy seasons. Growing trees is a noble act of kindness, it takes time and perseverance.

An Initiation Towards A Healthier Planet

Click on the below-mentioned news articles from various leading newspapers of different states:

Media Covers Seedball Plantations at KHIL Hotels