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03-21-2009, 01:10 AM
Hi! I love the flavor of sunflower sprouts in my salads, so I want to try growing my own. I've Googled for instructions on how to grow sunflower sprouts and have gotten even more confused than when I started. On one site, they grew it in a jar like broccoli sprouts. On another site, they grew it in soil like wheatgrass.
How do you all do it??? And, where do you buy the sunflower seeds for sprouting?
03-21-2009, 01:46 AM
I use regular hulled sunflower seeds from Trader Joe's, soak them overnight, pour that water off. Then I rinse them app. 3 times a day or more.
They sprout really fast. I use a glass jar most of the time with a sprouting cover or cheese cloth. You can also just use your hand to cover the jar as you pour the water off to catch any seeds that might fall out.
Michigan Roman uses a Colendar, Soak the seeds and just rinse in the Colendar and leave sitting out.
Sprouting is SO Easy, just try a few seeds until you get the hang of it. You need No expensive equipment and you can eat for pennies.
03-22-2009, 03:58 AM
Thank you, SpicyFull!
I'll run with your suggestion! If I can grow broccoli sprouts, sounds like it's the same idea.
03-22-2009, 06:23 AM
I do the green sunflower sprouts in dirt. I soak the seeds with hulls overnight then put them in a tray of potting soil and let them get about 3-4 inches long before cutting.
03-22-2009, 03:13 PM
if you do it in the soil you will get sunflower GREENS and they will grow straight and tall. if you do it in a jar, they will still get green but they will end up all curly-ish and chunky and not get nearly as tall. ive also run into problems with trying to get rid of the "membranes" when i do them in a jar or whatever, and the membranes will start to decompose if you dont get them all off. i havent had problems with this when ive done the greens in soil. i much prefer the greens in soil and they were growing beautifully in the greenhouse...until the rats discovered them...so no more greens for me :( impossible to grow them in the greenhouse without attracting the rats :(
03-22-2009, 11:24 PM
Thank you all for sharing your techniques. I'll try the jar as well as soil method and see what works for me. I appreciate your help!
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