Learn About Sprouting Seeds
How to Sow
How to Sow Sprouting Seeds
- Spread the sprouting seeds evenly in a sprouter, or you can use a shallow container filled with good quality, sterile soil. When using a sprouter, soil is not necessary. Follow the directions on the sprouter.
- No need to plant and cover seeds, allow them to sit on top of soil.
- Keep moist by rinsing once or twice per day but do not allow to stand in water.
- Keep in a warm (70 degrees F), dark place until the seed spouts.
- Seeds sprout in 5-7 days.
Harvest and Preservation Tips for Sprouting Seeds
- Harvest when 2-4 inches tall.
- Rinse well before serving.
- Sprouts are excellent in salads and prepared dishes.
- Eat them as soon as possible to assure maximum vitamin content.
Seed Starting Quick Guide
Common Pests and Problems
Common Disease Problems for Sprouting Seeds
Damping Off: This is one of the most common problems when starting plants from seed. The seedling emerges and appears healthy; then it suddenly wilts and dies for no obvious reason. Damping off is caused by a fungus that is active when there is abundant moisture and soils and air temperatures are above 68 degrees F. Typically, this indicates that the soil is too wet or contains high amounts of nitrogen fertilizer. Burpee Recommends: Keep seedlings moist but do not overwater; avoid over-fertilizing your seedlings; thin out seedlings to avoid overcrowding; make sure the plants are getting good air circulation; if you plant in containers, thoroughly wash them in soapy water & rinse in a ten per cent bleach solution after use.
Common Pest and Cultural Problems
Sprouting seeds are rarely affected by pests as they are grown in controlled conditions and consumed quickly.
Sprouting Seed FAQs
Do sprouting seeds need to be covered? No, you just need to make sure they are kept moist until them germinate.
Why eat sprouts? Sprouts are easy to grow, packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes, they are very economical to grow and they provide fresh produce throughout the winter when your garden may be dormant.
How do I remove the hulls from sprouting seeds? The hulls are edible, but may be removed by swirling the sprouts in cold water and rinsing them off. The hulls usually come off easily. Dry before storing.
What is the difference between sprouting seed and microgreens? Sprouts are the first stage of a plant’s development, grown in water without soil, and are consumed in their entirety, including the roots. Microgreens are the second stage of a plant’s development, and are grown in soil, and only the leafy greens are consumed.
How can I use sprouting seed? Sprouts are delicious in salads, as garnishes, and on sandwiches. They may also be stir fried.
Are there organic sprouting seeds? There is a wide variety of organic sprouting seeds on the market. Take your nutrition to the next level with organic wheatgrass seeds.