How to Grow Your Own Sprouts

bowl of sprouts

Growing sprouting seeds is a simple and rewarding process that allows you to enjoy fresh and nutritious sprouts at home. Here's a general guide to help you get started:

Materials You'll Need:

  1. Sprouting seeds (such as mung beans, alfalfa, broccoli, radish, red clover, wheat grass, etc.)
  2. Glass jar or sprouting tray
  3. Cheesecloth or fine mesh
  4. Rubber band or string
  5. Water
  6. Bowl

sprouts in a spoon


Select Seeds: Choose high-quality seeds specifically labeled for sprouting. Common choices include mung beans, alfalfa, broccoli, radish, red clover, wheat grass, and more. Because you control the entire sprouting process, you can mix and match the seeds you like best. Avoid using seeds meant for planting in the garden, as they might be treated with chemicals.
Prep the Container: You can use a glass jar or a sprouting tray with drainage holes. If using a jar, cover the opening with a piece of cheesecloth or fine mesh and secure it with a rubber band or string. This will allow air circulation while preventing seeds from falling out.

sprout varieties

Rinse the Seeds: Place the desired amount of seeds in the container and rinse them thoroughly under cool water. Swirl the water around to clean the seeds and then drain the water out. This helps remove any debris or dust.

Soak the Seeds: Add enough water to the container to cover the seeds, and let them soak for the recommended time (usually 6 to 12 hours, depending on the seed type). This initiates the sprouting process and softens the seed coat.

sprouts in a jar

Drain and Rinse: After soaking, drain the water from the container and rinse the seeds with cool water. Drain out the excess water thoroughly. Repeat this rinsing and draining process 2-3 times a day, depending on the seed type and your climate. Proper drainage is important to prevent mold growth.

Encourage Sprouting: Keep the container in a cool, shaded place away from direct sunlight. Maintain a consistent temperature between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Continue the rinsing and draining process until you see sprouts forming. This usually takes anywhere from 2 to 7 days, depending on the seed.

Harvest: Once the sprouts are the desired length (usually about 1-3 inches), give them a final rinse to clean off any residual hulls. Gently shake or pat them dry. Remove any remaining hulls that have detached.

sprouts in a basket

Storage: Store the harvested sprouts in a breathable container, like a plastic or glass container with a loose lid or a paper bag. Keep them in the refrigerator, and they should stay fresh for several days.

sprout storage

Enjoy: Sprouts can be added to salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, or used as a garnish for various dishes. They're packed with nutrients and add a fresh crunch to your meals.

food with sprouts


  • Always use clean equipment and wash your hands thoroughly before handling the sprouting seeds to prevent contamination.
  • Different seeds might have slightly different sprouting methods, so it's a good idea to refer to the specific instructions provided on the seed packaging.
  • If you notice any foul odors, discoloration, or mold, discard the entire batch and start anew.

Remember that the sprouting process is simple, but paying attention to hygiene, proper drainage, and appropriate environmental conditions is key to successful sprout growth.

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