How to Grow Sprouts

Equipment for Sprouting:

My favorite way to grow sprouts is simply in a canning jar with a bit of cheesecloth (doubled) affixed over the opening. However, you can also purchase specialty sprouting supplies, such as bags (usually made of hemp) for sprouting, or sprouting trays or machines. These can be nice convenience items, and I’ve heard from people who love them, but I’m sticking with the jar method.

Search for “sprouters” to find different models. You can also purchase plastic lids that fit on a canning jar, if you’d rather not bother with cheesecloth or straining your water through a sieve every day.

Popular Seeds for Sprouting:

Note: Look for seeds specifically being sold as “sprouting” seeds or labelled “for sprouts.” These are certified pathogen-free. Most seed catalogs carry at least some sprouting seeds; you can usually find at least a variety or two on the seed racks at your local nursery as well.

**Alfalfa
**Radish
*Mustard
**Watercress
**Arugula
**Clover
**Beans (adzuki, black, mung, garbanzo, pinto, lentils, soybeans)
**Peas
**Broccoli
**Cabbage
**Kale
**Mizuna
**Tatsoi
**Turnip
**Grains (such as wheat, barley, quinoa, corn, millet, oata, and rice)
**Pumpkin
**Sunflower

Days from Seed to Sprout:

Depending on the variety, sprouts take about three to seven days before they’re ready to eat. Eat them when they’ve sprouted their cotyledons.

More Articles About Growing Sprouts and Microgreens:

**How to Grow Sprouts in a Jar

**Sprout Safety

**Growing Microgreens

**Five Tasty Sprouts to Try