What do I need to sprout?

You can either buy the sprouting material or make one on your own.
Sprouting materials are: jars, vertical sprouters, bamboo baskets...


When you purchase a jar it comes with three different lids: big, medium or small holes.
You can make your own sprouting jar. Any size of jar will do. Instead of the regular lids, use muslin, nylon tulle or any other cloth that will let the air circulate. Secure the lid with some rubber band.

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Vertical sprouter

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The more common are 4 or 5 parts sprouter, which can be made of plastic or clay.
The plastic sprouter has a siphon action for each tray. It distributes just the right amount of water to the seeds. It works with the smallest seeds since there is no hole.

The clay sprouter has holes on each tray to drain the water. It is better for seeds the size of a wheat berries. Smaller seeds may fall through the holes.
One is transparent the other one does not provide light to the seeds. In the first day of germination the seed does not need light. However, vegetable seeds, which can grow for several days, like sunlight to make their chlorophyll after the first 3 days.

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The sprout bag
It is a flax bag that won't shrink, rot, grow mold or mildew, breathes and drains on all sides. To water, just dip and hang. It is convenient for traveling.
The sprout bag is particularly recommended for beans or gelatinous seeds like chia, flax, psyllium...

You can find the common sprouting seeds in your natural food stores. They can keep for a year if stored in a cool and dry place.
Garden seeds can be used but some of them are contaminated with chemical products. Avoid them and choose those from organic producers.

Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, dietitian
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