How to sprout seeds in a tray



Sprouting in a tray is a simple method for sprouting seeds at trang chủ and works well for growing longer leafy sprouts lượt thích alfalfa. One advantage over the Jar Method of Sprouting is that the sprouts will grow vertically, once transferred lớn a tray.

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1. Choose a tray and lid.

Plastic grow trays are available from nurseries or garden supply stores & come with lids.Plastic deli trays, thoroughly washed, work well for sprouting and often have lids.Punch drainage holes in the bottom of the tray using a punching tool. Slits made using a knife will not allow proper drainage.Nest trays; use one (without holes) as a catch basin & the other (with drainage holes) khổng lồ hold seeds.


2. Rinse Seeds.

Rinse seeds well with cool water (around 70ºF) & drain. Remove any debris, stones, or broken seeds. When sprouting smaller seeds, removing broken seeds is not practical, but vì chưng look for any non-seed material và remove at this point, if possible.


3. Soak Seeds.

Place rinsed seeds in a jar và fill about ¾ full with cool water. Cover with a mesh lid or cloth, secured with a rubber band, to allow air flow.

A general rule is to soak at least 8 hours. Some larger seeds may require a longer soak. Soak until the seeds have doubled in size. Keep in mind that temperature also affects soak time. In warmer temperatures, the soak time is shorter. In cooler temperatures, soak time is longer, và larger seeds lượt thích chickpeas or kidney beans may require a 24-hour soak.


4. Drain Seeds Well.

It is important to lớn drain the seeds well, for several hours, while allowing plenty of air circulation. Mesh lids work well for this step, as the jar may be inverted & propped at an angle khổng lồ drain for long periods.

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5. Rinse, Drain, và Repeat.

Rinse seeds with cool water & repeat draining. Rinse gently khổng lồ avoid damaging tender new sprouts. Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 per day for 3 days.

In very warm temperatures, rinse more frequently. In cold weather, less frequent rinsing may be fine, but keep in mind that seeds may not sprout as well. A temperature of about 65-80ºF for most seeds is fine.


6. Transfer Seeds to Tray.

Drain thoroughly & transfer seeds lớn a tray; spread evenly. Avoid direct sunlight, but move tray to lớn an area with indirect light, lớn allow leaves to lớn turn green as sprouts grow.


7. Continue Rinsing và Draining.

Rinse seeds gently, twice daily for 3 days. Mist with a spray bottle, rather than a deluge from a faucet, to lớn avoid damaging tender sprouts. Always allow tray khổng lồ drain thoroughly.


8. Rinse, Drain, và Harvest.

When sprouts are ready khổng lồ harvest, rinse one final time khổng lồ remove hulls and unsprouted seeds, if desired. An easy method is lớn scoop up handfuls of sprouts and dunk them in a bowl of water, shaking gently to remove any remaining hulls. Drain sprouts one last time before eating or storing.



Sprouts are easy lớn grow in small batches, staggered, so that there are fresh sprouts to eat daily. However, if storing is necessary, make sure the sprouts have drained completely before storing. Transfer lớn a glass or plastic container, seal tightly, và store in the refrigerator for a few days.