How to Make a Sprouter


Sprouters are containers that are used to grow a variety of different sprouts such as bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts. Sproutings are loaded with nutrients that were contained in the seed in order to allow the sproutings to grow. Consuming these baby plants will provide the health minded with a good amount of nutrients. The best part is that sprouters are easy to make and can be used to grow sproutings just about anywhere, including your basement. Best of all, the sprouter can be made with a bunch of materials that can be found in most homes and are very cheap.


Step 1

Poke holes in the top of the jar lid so that water can exit the jar. Holes can be punctured using a hammer and nail. Simply place the nail on the top of the lid and hammer downward on to the head of the nail until a hole has been created.

Step 2

Fill the sprouter with water.

Step 3

Place all of the beans that you want to sprout into the water. You can mix different species of beans together in the water.

Step 4

Leave the jar alone overnight.

Step 5

Turn the jar upside down in the sink and drain the water out.

Step 6

Add more water to the sprouter. Change the water two times a day so that the water stays fresh.

Step 7

Eat the sproutings when they are the length of the bean that they came from. They can be eaten by themselves or mixed into salads.


Step 1

Take soil and mix it with compost and sand.

Step 2

Cut an opening into the side of a plastic bottle. This can be done by cutting down the long end of the bottle and then cutting two slips along the circumference, forming a cross.

Step 3

Through the hole, add the beans and the soil mixture to the bottle.

Step 4

Cover the hole with masking tape.

Step 5

Place the bottle in the sun. The beans will sprout with time. Take the masking tape off and remove the sproutings when they have grown to the length of the beans. Clean the compost off of the sproutings.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the beans are completely covered by the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar with plastic lid
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Masking tape
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Plastic bottle


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Keywords: bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, rubber band

About this Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer for two years. He has a B.S. in Literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written three ebooks so far: Karate You Can Teach Your Kids, Macadamia Growing Handout and The Raw Food Diet.