It is important when you buy seeds for sprouting that you buy seeds that are designed for sprouting and from a reputable company.
Here is a quick list of things you should look for when buying seeds for sprouting:
- The sprouting seeds must not have any human pathogens.
- The sprouting seeds must not have plant pathogens.
- The sprouting seeds should be uniform in size and color.
- The sprouting seeds should have a high quick germination.
- The sprouting seeds should not be scarified and should have very few damaged seeds.
- The sprouting seeds should have a low moisture content but not so low as to damage the seed.
- The sprouts produced from the seeds for sprouting should germinate uniformly and show good vigour.
- The seeds for sprouting should have few over-soaks (over-soaks are seeds that soften quickly when put in water.)
- The age of the seed is important. Some seed is best if aged, while others are not.
- The sprouts from the seeds for sprouting should have a good flavor and shelf life.
Of course no one expects you to look for these things when you are buying sprouting seeds, which is why you need to buy seeds for sprouting from a reputable company.
If you purchase seeds that aren’t designed for sprouting, you may face problems such as a contaminated seed for example one with salmonella bacteria. More commonly though, you will end up with seeds that won’t sprout and will start to rot in the sprouter.
Again, purchase seeds for sprouting from a company that specializes in seeds for sprouting as their quality will be superior.