Flower Shell Turns Your Shotgun Into A Gardening Implement

Gardening and guns, they go together, right? Well, that’s apparently what Per Cromwell of Swedish “guerrilla” marketing group Studio Total thought when he came up with the idea of the “Flower Shell”, a 12 Gauge shotgun shell that shoots seeds instead of shot. The studio released two videos showing the shells “in action”, where a hatted individual stands around somewhat awkwardly with a shotgun before firing it into the ground to plant seeds, and at waist-height to “disperse” them. Somewhat anti-climactically, Studio Total neglected to show any shots of the plants subsequently growing, which leaves the videos as essentially artistically edited segments of someone goofily shooting a shotgun at nothing for no reason.

Needless to say, a shotgun shell designed for planting seeds is about as good idea as hosting a gasoline-fight party at your local Shell station. There are better tools for gardening that are less likely to result in one accidentally Dick Cheneying their friend with meadowflower seeds. Fortunately, the “Flower Shells” are likely just another marketing tool, along the lines of Studio Total’s 2012 teddy bear airdrop stunt in Minsk, Belarus. The very idea of a seed-firing shotgun brings to mind beret-wearing artistes excitedly explaining how subversive it is to turn a weapon of death into, wait for it… A weapon of life! Quite.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Giolli Joker

    “Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t
    mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.” D. Zoolander

  • Major Tom

    I swear I saw this concept a year or two ago.

    • Cymond

      TFB reported on it 2 years ago, and I seem to recall seeing it sometime before then.

      • Mea culpa. It has been making the rounds again, it seems…

        • M.M.D.C.

          These are the encore (Indian Summer) loads.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im almost certain that the heat, pressure and impact would destroy the seeds.
    These are the same problems bio-warfare scientists had to overcome when designing artillery shells and rockets filled with anthrax and plague and whatever. But, yeah, nice marketing ploy I guess if you live in a neighborhood that allows you to shoot shotguns in the backyard.

    • Bjørn Vermo

      It looks like a picture of a dandelion on the shell. That indicates that it is suitable for biological warfare against the neighbours garden. I am sure dandelion seeds will survive almost anything.
      You live in a place where you cannot fire shotguns? How do you deal with birds eating your berries?

      • TheNotoriousIUD


  • Dcoil1

    “For when you want the bad guy to be ‘pushing up daisies’ just a little bit quicker!”

  • Cymond

    “The very idea of a seed-firing shotgun brings to mind beret-wearing artistes excitedly explaining how subversive it is to turn a weapon of death into, wait for it… A weapon of life! ”

    That is EXACTLY what this is.
    Steve Johnson said “Their website is very pretty and loaded with language such as “Instead of less life, The Flower Shell evens out the effects of regular ammunition”, which I guess is true if you are a tree hugging hippy who thinks plants are people too.”


    • M.M.D.C.

      Peace, Love and Vegetable Rights.

    • M.M.D.C.

      In Lennon’s words, It’s easy!

  • Grim Fandango became real XD

  • DIR911911 .

    I’d load one as the first shot of the home defense shotgun . . . just to piss them off 🙂

  • Zachary marrs

    Needs to come in 00 buck, so the bad guys will “be pushing up daisies”

    • Bart

      Bean or pea seeds are similar sized to buckshot. I am more of a vegetable gardener than a flower gardener anyway.
      I love gardening, and I love guns, but this is a stupid idea.

  • iksnilol

    If you leave the corpse so long that flowers grow out of it then you’re really sloppy with your wetwork.

  • Bill

    Once again, I see the practical utility, sort of – I live in very hilly, scrubby country where trying to use a seeder is impossible, and probably fatal. If I could have something like this that would actually work, and use it for feed plots, erosion control, and trying to plant anything other than the noxious invasive weeds that will try to take over, it would really save me a lot of knee meniscus, and get some trigger time in. I’d prefer one of those duckbill spreader chokes, though.

    • Vizzini

      I live in hilly country and a broadcast spreader preceded and followed by a tine cultivator (pulled by my tractor) works just fine.

      • Bill

        Guy down the road was killed in a tractor rollover. Another one busted up in a 4-wheeler wreck. I can get to maybe half of it on my tractor, and I’ve already got shotguns, but the rental place refused to rent me one of those tracked Bobcats with a brush cutter.

        • JK

          Scythe supply dot com. Or whatever vendor you can find for a decent quality brush scythe. Cheaper to spend a little more on a quality tool than have to replace a cheap one a dozen times. And in my mind, it’s easier to do the gnarly stuff by hand than struggle to get a multi ton machine in there without wrecking it. But, to each there own.

          • Bill

            That is a cool website- something else for me to spend money on.

            I’ve debated just turning goats loose to do the heavy eating.

  • Hudson

    Reminds me of the day Grandma grabbed the wrong shot shell and salted the Hawk flying over the chicken yard instead hitting it with #7 bird shot, she used coarse road salt in her salt reloads so the hawk was still dead, but the cats were drinking a lot of water for a couple of days.

    • french fudd

      I ate a rabbit shot this way :
      Old neighbor had a farm and a decently sized backyard where I learned to shoot.
      The place was INFESTED with what we call Garenne bunnies
      Even with other hunters help he never solved his bunny issue, hell I shot a dozen my self over the years and we could still ear him rambling on how the rabbits destroyed his beets crops.
      So old timer and the wife had a bunny for a meal at least twice a week (rabbit stew, grilled, roasted with veggies rabbit paté)

      Of course I got invited often (her old wife teached me spanish)
      One day he served me a place of rabbit, telling me I would not found a single lead shot in it (I was afraid I could ruin my dental braces)
      he shot them with 16ga shell filled with a mix of black pepper,lentils, garlic and rock salt grains

      Best garenne of my life.

      • iksnilol

        And suddenly I want a shotgun again 😛

      • Bill Funk

        “her old wife teached me spanish”??
        Is it me, or is there something seriously wrong with that? 🙂

  • JK

    Link? 😀

    • JK

      Wow. Followed Cymond’s link to the previous article, then to the Flowershell site, that redirected to their main site, which is an even more blatant exercise in artistic stupidity. Thought a couple boxes might be cool for the collection, to go along side the 12 RAS. Meh.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    ‘The best way to defend the 2nd amendment is to use a shotgun as a gardening tool.’

    Said no one ever.

    • Evan

      Yeah I could see this product being somewhat problematic for urban/suburban gardeners.

      • Tassiebush

        It’d be a good way to get pesky anti types to be comfortable with the sound of gunfire. That’s quite an issue here for people on small holdings.

  • Sulaco

    Can’t for the life of me remember where but I remember someone using a shotgun with shells loaded with gold dust to “salt” a played out mine to convince a potential buyer that it was worth the price…long time ago of course…

    • gregge

      Supposedly happened at Bogus Basin, Idaho. Thus the name Bogus Basin.

    • Bill Funk

      Any old western…

  • JK

    “Instead of shot, it fires harmless flower seeds.”-from a vendor’s site.
    Not sure how harmless they’d be at close range. Somebody needs to do some ballistics gel demonstrations.

  • Meathead

    What, No corn shot?

  • Julio

    I’m sure I heard of a project to seed deserts with special 50-cal loads shot full-auto from a chopper. Google’s quiet on the subject, though. Perhaps I just dreamed it.

  • Vizzini

    What’s the range and will they break a clay target? If you live in a rural area and like to shoot clays in your back yard/pasture, then a cheap biodegradable alternative to spreading lead shot around would be nice. Don’t particularly care if it actually makes any flowers grow, though. 🙂

  • Tassiebush

    Am I the only person who thinks that this would be a whole lot cooler I’d someone made a 12gauge Gardner gun to fire these…

  • father too

    Shotgun seeding was tried in West Virginia in the 1950’s by the State Road Commission. Many roadbanks are so steep you can’t stand on them to spread seed & hand seeders don’t throw seed high enough, so they tried loading grass seed in shotgun shells & blasting the bare ground roadbank. After several studies they found the shell seeding no better than tossing the seed by hand. Thus ended the experiment forever.

  • jonspencer

    You do know that you can receive a ticket for spreading exotic (non-native) plants.
    At least in and on some govt. lands.

  • Brian G. Lowery

    Sounds like a good way to send the neighbor’s dog down the road without doing permanent damage.

  • tru16200

    My great uncle Charles seeded his garden this way back in the 40s & 50s. He came back from WWII with a tad bit more anger than he went in with. My dad said he served in Pattons unit and when asked about it after the war said “I don’t want to talk about it!” He also kept a loaded shotgun behind the front door for ne’er do wells. Quite a character from what I’ve been told.

  • tony patric

    i would buy some to add to the odd ammo collection i have going. well, as long as it buying it does not support any anti-gun group

  • The last time I saw a BM59 was 1980. A pretty rare bird for sure.

  • Miguel Raton

    And even a reduced-recoil load of flower seeds almost knocks that pansy off his feet [watch the video again, if you didn’t catch it the 1st time!] What’s up w/ *that*?

    It does give one the idea of using a wild-rice load for some close-in duck hunting: at least every miss will be making the habitat more inviting next season! 😉

  • Michael Guerin

    Gertrude Jekyll, the British garden designer, did this years ago, to seed flowers on a steep hillock surmounted by a large house. They look pretty, but have become a threat to the building, thereby creating continuous employment for local people!

  • AJ187

    Those were the dumbest gun related videos I’ve ever seen. Equally, the dumbest product and marketing.