3 ways to produce sprouts at home

There are different techniques for seed germination, in this article you will learn 3 easy ways to produce sprouts at home:

  1. In a simple glass jar covered with a cotton cloth, in germination pots specially designed to facilitate the task of rinsing of seeds

  2. In a plate.

  3. In a plastic germination or multistory mud.

We also have to buy the seeds to germinate that can be found in health food stores and herbalists, they should be organically grown. Keep in mind that the source of nutrition that they provide to us makes them an economical food.

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We will outline the steps in each method so you can pick the one that best suits your chances: 

Glass pot: we need a wide mouth jar and cotton gauze.

  1. We will put 2 or 3 tablespoons seeds, the amount we will have to regulate the function of how big is the pot and over time we will take a good measure to allow proper germination. 

  2. A liter of mineral water is added, the jar is covered with a cotton gauze and left to soak seeds, small seeds need 4-6 hours of soaking, the largest in 12-15 hours. 

  3. After the indicated time, water has to be removed through the gauze, the jar hasn't to be uncapped. We will keep the jar in a dark, warm place. The jar should be inclined at 45º to finish drain the water well and the seeds are spread. 

  4. From that moment we'll rinse the seeds 2 times a day, putting the bottle under running water until it is full and then removing the water (do not let the seeds soak, wash only). 

  5. When the seeds have germinated and we'll have them out and exposed to soft light near a window to start generating chlorophyll. 

  6. Finally, we proceed to dry them with paper towels to remove moisture to the fullest and keep in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Its use is recommended in 2-3 days to take advantage of its properties to the fullest. 


Germination pots: we need a germinator boat that can acquire specifically for this use. 

The process is the same as with the jar and cotton gauze, but in this case we do not need the gauze as the germinating pot has a lid with holes specially designed for wiping the sprouts and let oxygen pass. The germinating pot will facilitate the task so we can consider this option in terms of cost and our needs. 


Tray or plate: we need a plate or tray, a piece of natural cotton covering the plate, a plastic container as a lid with holes for the seeds were properly ventilated, plus a cloth to cover the seeds. 

  1. The cotton ball over the tray or plate extends and waterlogged. 

  2. In a separate container the seeds are soaked few hours depending on the type of seed. 

  3. After soaking, we can spread the seeds over the cotton swabs well distributed. 

  4. We go spraying water on cotton swabs at least twice a day, to keep it moist and cover the tray with plastic container which in turn, cover with a cloth or cloth to avoid direct sunlight on the seeds. 

  5. When the sprouts have grown enough, we will expose them to light indirectly until they begin to turn green, thus to obtain chlorophyll which is one of its most beneficial and characteristic properties.

  6. Lastly, dry them well and store in a dry place for later use.

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Germinator: we need a seeder that can be purchased at health food stores and health food stores. Note that it can be expensive but it is amortized, makes it easy and you can make many sprouts at once.

Germinators can be plastic or clay. Germinators of clay are more delicate but keep in mind that they are made with a natural and porous material which improves ventilation and also improves the flavor of the germinated material. However being a cooler material may be delayed slightly the germination process. They are best suited for large seeds as mung type. 

Instead, plastic germinators are very practical and suitable for smaller germinate seeds such as alfalfa, mustard, etc. and the process tends to accelerate germination being a warmer material. 

Germinators have several stories that can germinate seeds separately for various types or go by a rotary germination to never run out of fresh sprouts, seeds starting to germinate the first day on a tray, the next day we started to germinate seeds on a second tray, etc. They have a top and a bottom tray for collecting water and valves in each tray for putting water passing from one tray to another.

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  1. We put the seeds to germinate, well distributed in each tray, one tablespoon should suffice, ideally you do not form mounds but remain well distributed as needed for proper growth and some space ventilation. 

  2. We filled the top tray of water to cover the valve. 

  3. We allow the water to run down to the second tray, then to the third (in this process must be careful because when the seeds are very small can clog the valve, then we draw out thats seeds and the process can continue). 

  4. When the water reaches the bottom tray we can empty, take its place in the seeder and leave covered. 

  5. The seeder should be located in a dark, warm place. 

  6. Repeat the process once daily watered. 

  7. When the sprouts have grown sufficiently separated each tray and expose indirect to light near a window for a few hours or a full day (be carefully because direct sunlight will spoil them).

  8. Dry them with kitchen paper and we can consume or store in a dry place.

And a few final tips for their proper development

In the germination process you must go watching the seeds to ensure they are not moldy excess waste water, if this happens, we can remove the seeds and sprouts moldy, clean the space and if the mold did not reach the rest of sprouts we can continue with the steps. 

In the process of washing and drying the germinated before eating or have to remove the peels or skins of the sprouts that have thicker skins, for example, the shell of germinated mung bean shell not digested well, however alfalfa is softer and if not removed in the rinse we can leave and consume.

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We should also keep in mind that they may have been some seeds for germinate, we will draw out to avoid a dental accident ... Some seeds are more resistant because nature ensures the survival of the species. 

All containers should be washed and dried very well leaving them ready for next use.

Article written by Shauri.