Sunflower Sprouts

Sunflower Sprouts

Shoots are easy to grow in flats in a greenhouse, indoors under grow-lights, or outside when the  weather is warm enough (65°F/18.3°C).
There is variability between lots for shoot germination time, shoot emergence, and uniformity. The   following instructions will help alleviate variability within a single crop.

Soak desired amount of seeds for 6–8 hours before sowing.
Sow seeds into open flats filled with germination or potting mix.
Cover with ¼” moist media or moist vermiculite. Regularly mist to maintain moisture.*

Grow for 7–14 days, depending upon temperature and desired shoot height.

 

Corn Sprouts

Corn Sprouts

 

As seedlings are growing, gently run a plant stake or your hand over the plants; this helps to knock  seed coats from cotyledons.
If some seed coats do not fall off readily, removal with fingers may be necessary.
Some may not separate even with gentle pulling; at harvest time, pull up these few plants to remove  from crop.

 

 

 

Nasturtium Sprouts

Nasturtium Sprouts

Grow in a darker area without much light if you prefer blanched shoots, which are more tender and will  give a longer harvest window.

Harvest your shoots when they reach the desired height of 3-6″ or your preference.

This usually take 7-21 days depending upon light, temperature and the specific crop.

Cut shoots with a sharp knife or scissors just above the soil line. Transfer to a plastic bag or sealed  container and refrigerate.

 

*NOTE: If mold becomes a problem from warmer temperatures, water from the bottom if possible to keep the soil dry on top. Using a leak proof tray under your seed tray will enable bottom watering.

Be sure to DRAIN trays regularly of excess water. Excess water will cause root rot and destroy your shoots as sure as mold will.

Using a small fan to -gently- circulate air around the shoots can help alleviate mold and will help build a stronger/healthier shoot. Key word is –gently.

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