Learning how to grow sprouts from scratch is very simple. Here is a simple guideline for how to grow sprouts. You will need seeds, water, and a sprouter.
Buy Seeds – The seeds you buy must be high germination (90%+), preferably organic and labeled for sprouting. You can mix seeds with similar growing times or from the same family, but this is not recommended for beginners. It is recommended that you only grow one type of sprout at a time.
Soak the Seeds – After you figure out which type of sprouter you want to use to sprout, you need to soak the seeds in pure drinking water for 8-10 hours until soft.
Rinse the Seeds – Unless you are using an automatic sprouter, you need to rinse the sprouts twice a day for at least 30 seconds and no more than 12 hours apart. You can rinse a third time in hot weather. If you choose to use a jar or bag to sprout, you need to fill the jar with water and immerse the bag to rinse respectively.
Give them Light – Green leafy tray grown sprouts need daylight, but avoid direct sun as it can overheat them. Most jar and bag sprouts can be grown in the dark, but darkness is not required.
Harvesting the Sprouts – Depending on which method you use you will harvest the sprouts differently. Using the tray method for example, depending on what type of sprouts you are growing, may create a nice group of sprouts that you can remove by gently extracting as one sheet. With jar sprouters on the other hand you only need to open the lid and tilt all the sprouts out.
Storing Sprouts Properly – Once mature, store your sprouts in the refrigerator, ideally right in the grower. Plastic bags suffocate these living plants. Rinse once every 3 days to maintain moisture. Leafy green sprouts generally keep in the fridge for 7-14 days after maturity depending on variety and season. Bean/legume sprouts last 10-21 days. Store dry seeds in glass jar with sealed lids. Keep in a cool place, ideally away from heat and light.
Now that you have learned how to grow sprouts in these few east steps, go and try it for yourself, you will be amazed by how easy it is.