How to Plant Seeds for Sprouting Seeds


Nutritious sprouts are a possibility for everyone, as they require minimal space, equipment and light. Even if you live in a north-facing basement apartment, you can successfully grow sprouts. Plant seeds for sprouting any time of year, even in winter when fresh greens from the garden aren't a possibility. Seeds specifically for sprouting are sold at garden centers, nurseries and some grocery stores. These seeds haven't been treated with any chemicals that would be dangerous to consume.

Step 1

Clean an empty 1-qt. canning jar, mayonnaise jar or other wide-mouth glass jar in warm, soapy water. Rinse well and let air dry.

Step 2

Fill the jar with a quarter cup of seeds to be sprouted. Pour 1 cup of lukewarm tap water into the jar and allow to soak for eight hours.

Step 3

Cover the top of the jar with a square of cheesecloth. Secure with a rubber band or metal canning ring.

Step 4

Pour the excess soaking water out of the jar. Set the jar on its side in a bowl and place in a dark cupboard or cover in a brown paper bag.

Step 5

Rinse the seeds in water three to six times daily. Pour water through the cheesecloth into the jar, then pour it out through the cheesecloth. Replace the jar in the bowl and place it back in the cupboard.

Step 6

Move the jar to a sunny window once sprouts are the desired length, approximately one week, in order to green if desired. Leave in the window for one to two days.

Step 7

Remove the lid from the jar and fill with water. Seed hulls will float to the top, skim them off the surface of the water. Replace cheesecloth and drain the water from the jar. Pat sprouts dry with a paper towel.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not eat sprouts from tomatoes or potatoes because these are poisonous to humans.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber band
  • Canning ring
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels


  • Oregon State University
Keywords: sprouting seeds, growing sprouts indoors, apartment gardening

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.