Plants with tattoos

Why bother with a fortune cookie when you can sprout a bean to tell your fortune!

During my Christmas shopping, I became fascinated with the Message Bean.
Not that I need to have one; I want to figure out how they do this!
Do you think the factory is like a minature tattoo parlor for beans? Maybe they burn right through the seed coat with a little branding iron.
I think when my daughter gets bigger , we could start up our own bean tattoo parlor. I'm guessing I could soak the bean in water, remove the seed coat, and then print right on the cotyledons before planting the seed.
Botanical note: The cotyledons, the structure where the message is printed in the above picture, are the food storage organ for the developing seedling , and they eventually will dry up and fall off.


Q said...

These are wonderful!
I would love to get some of these beans.
How do they do that?
Fun garden blog.
Thanks so much.

Carol Michel said...

I got some of thse "magic bean" seeds last year from some of my nieces and nephews. I don't know how they did it, but if you find out, let us all know!

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Anonymous said...

Wow, I've never seen these - how funny!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading up on ways how to do this.. its so fascinating.. hv u tried it out?

Anonymous said...

I already know so many people with tattoo regret and most of them are still in their mid-twenties...just wait till you pass 50 and you are going to feel like a real dumbass--especially since they be all faded and blury on your loose skin.

Anonymous said...

wow, its beautiful.... i never seen these.......

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