26 Oct What You Need to Start Sprouting Seeds at Home
Growing your own sprouts is easy. Find out what you need to get started.
Nothing beats growing your own food.
Sprouting seeds at home is quick and easy. You could be harvesting your first sprouts in just three days.
There are only TWO essentials you need to get started.
High-Quality Organic Seed
This is the most important factor. The quality of the seed will determine if your sprouts are a success or a failure. Easy to grow, or problematic.
This is one area where you don’t want to cut corners.
You only need to look for three things.
We recommend organic seeds. Why? They haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, fertilisers, and chemicals. Who wants that in their body?
It’s important to check they are CERTIFIED organic.
Organic certification is not easy to get. It means they are the best quality, grown on farms that have gone through a rigorous process to rid their land and soil of chemicals.
Two: Seed for Sprouting
Make sure your seed is specifically for sprouting.
This is different from regular vegetable seed. It cannot be heat-treated. You will often be buying varieties that have been grown specifically because they are good for sprouting.
Three: Trusted Supplier
Look for a trusted supplier with a good reputation. This means you can be sure your seed is going to be high quality.
Poor quality seed can mean too many broken seeds, so your seeds will go bad before they sprout, low germination rate, or poor yield.
Tip! If you are unsure what seeds to start with, check out our Buyer’s Guide FAQs. It has the best sprouts for beginners and the best sprouts for health.
A Sprouting Jar or Grower
There are various different sprouting growers you can buy. We recommend you keep it simple and use a sprouting jar.
They are less fiddly to start with and less likely to have issues with stagnant water, drainage, and mould. It means you can grow different varieties at the same time.
Our favourite is this sprouting jar with ceramic drip tray. You can leave it on your windowsill to save space on your draining board. No plastic – and they look good!
You can just as easily use an old glass jar. Cut some thin muslin into squares and secure over the top with a thick elastic band.
Tip! Make sure your sprouter has a way of being left at an angle to drain thoroughly. Stagnant water is the most common problem with sprouting.
Something to store them in
Store your sprouts in the fridge. Put them in the jar or, better, transfer them to another container.
Make sure they have good airflow. Tupperware with a few holes works well.
Be careful not to put more than roughly 200g in any one container. Sprouts keep growing after harvesting. They generate heat and can easily go bad.
That’s all you need to get started.
For advice on what seeds to start with, check out our buyer’s guide.