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Sunflower Sprouts: The Ins and Outs

Sprouting Sunflower Seeds

Soak about 1 cup of seeds in 2 cups of water overnight.

Prepare a tray filled with about 1/2 inch of organic potting soil. You can also a combination of equal parts of Canadian sphagnum peat moss and organic untreated soil. Whatever you choose, the soil should be light and airy.

Spread the seeds out on the tray of dirt, without piling them on top of one another. They do not need to be covered with dirt; Three hours of sunlight daily is adequate, although more light will speed the growing process. (If the greens are pale, they are not receiving adequate sunlight.) Water only once daily.

When the sprouts are 8 inches high (about one week to twelve days), it’s time to harvest them. Using scissors cut the sprouts as close to the surface of the soil surface as possible (many of the sprouts’ nutrients are concentrated close to the soil). After the harvest, keep watering the tray to obtain a second harvest. You will have a constant supply of fresh greens beginning after about ten days and lasting three weeks to a month.

When you are not getting any more yield, compost the contents of the tray. Do not confuse mold with the young ciliar hairs on the rootlets. Mold is most likely to form during hot, humid weather. It can also result from excess watering or from inadequate spacing between plantings.

Add the sprouts to salad, sandwiches or as a garnish to soups or any dish. My grandchildren love to stand on a step stool with a pair of scissors to cut the sprouts and love to eat them. Growing a new generation!

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at


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10:42AM PDT on May 21, 2011

Incredibly tasty, but who knew they were also a vision tonic! Thanks, Brigitte.

5:56AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011


9:13AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

I've never had sunflower sprouts continue to grow after cutting; suggest it's best just to start a fresh batch right away for 100% results. Also, exposing sprouts to sunlight can cause them to develop a bitter taste. By keeping the tray a few yards away from windows, they grow long succulent stems and do not become bitter. The tops still green up nicely.

2:38AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

I will definitely try this!

2:23AM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

Great info. Growing loads of sunflowers this year and will give it a try at harvest time.

12:54AM PDT on May 14, 2010


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8:44PM PDT on May 3, 2010

This is a fantastic idea. I love sunflower seeds and now I can enjoy them even more and in so many ways.

9:52AM PDT on Apr 7, 2010

Thanks for posting. Great article

6:59AM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

Will try sprouting some sunflower seeds

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