How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts… in a Sprout Bag?

Hemp Sprout Bag for Growing Broccoli Sprouts (Cheap and Easy)Rather than growing broccoli sprouts in a jar or tray, you can to use an organic hemp sprout bag. This method requires minimal effort and costs less than $15.

Compared to sprouting in a mason jar or tray, these hemp bags don’t take up valuable counter space. For example, you can hang them from a kitchen cabinet knob or cup hook.

In addition, you can transport them much more easily if you are traveling, camping, etc.. Plus, the bag won’t break. =)

Step 1: Soak Your Sprouting Seeds

Similar to other sprouting methods, start by soaking the seeds in water (inside the bag). Do this for several hours or overnight.

Step 2: Rinse Your Sprouts

Next rinse the sprouts for 20-30 seconds. Simply run water into the sprout bag and let it drain out the bottom.

Step 3: Continue Rinsing Every 12 Hours for About 5 Days

Continue this rinsing process every 12 hours until your broccoli sprouts have reached their optimal growth. Typically, they will achieve their maximum nutritional content in about 5 days.

The natural hemp canvas provides the ideal air flow and drainage for healthy sprout growth. You don’t have to worry about stale water collecting in the bottom of the jar. Plus, hemp naturally resists mold, mildew and has antibacterial properties. These ultra-durable sprouting bags actually last several years!

That said, you do need to be more attentive to rinsing consistently. Waiting too long between rinses can cause the sprouts to dry out too much and therefore slow their growth.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:

1. What kind of sprouts can I grow in these bags?

Yes, you can grow all sorts of sprouts in these sprout bags. For example, try quinoa, alfalfa, sesame, radish, millet, mung bean, pea, garbanzo, rye, etc..

2. Can I lay the bag flat if I can’t hang it up?

Yes, the hemp bag drains and aerates naturally even when laying on a flat surface.

3. What material are the bags made from?

Sprout bags are made of organic, untreated and chemical-free hemp fiber.

4. How do I clean the hemp bag?

Just turn the bag inside out and wash with soap and water. Alternatively, you can use vinegar. Then, hang it to dry.

You can see a complete demonstration of how to grow sprouts in a hemp bag below:

Get Sprouting Bags Here

Although you can easily watch your sprouts grow through a clear glass jar, hemp bags make rinsing and draining a breeze. If you are short on kitchen counter space or want a more portable option for your sprouts, this may be a better sprouting method for you.

5 Reasons I Like the Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter

Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter for growing broccoli sprouts at homeGrowing broccoli sprouts is fairly easy. However, if you are planning on sprouting greens on a daily basis, you may prefer an automatic sprouter. It simply takes the work out of the process.

These cool gadgets water your plants for you and keep them at the proper moisture for optimal growth. Now, you don’t have to continually rinse them. Plus, your broccoli sprouts will probably grow bigger and greener – without extra effort from you.

This Sprouter is Affordable

The Tribest Freshlife 3000 is a really cool automatic sprouter that is much more affordable than other systems. One of the downsides of these electric appliances is that they can get expensive, many over $200.

Although they may be worth it to the lifetime grower, it’s still nice to save a few bucks and get a machine that essentially does the same thing.

You Can Grow Lots of Different Sprouts at One Time

Another feature that I like about the Freshlife 3000 is that you can grow up to 3 levels of sprouts at one time. Of course, this lets you grow more at one time, but it also allows you to grow different types of sprouts in each tray.

I like buying seed mixes because they are much better for making salads where you want a variety of flavors and textures. Growing sprouts in different trays enables you to either combine the greens or use them separately.

That said, each try contains 4 different sections, so you can actually grow 4 different greens in a single tray! This video shows how to do it:

Automatic Watering is Less Work & Grows More Sprouts

The automatic watering system also has adjustable water pressure. Therefore, you can change the amount of water your plants receive depending on what you are growing. It is a nice feature to promote optimal growth.

In addition, this machine has a detachable power cord. This lets you hand water your sprouts if you want. Plus, if you don’t have a power outlet available, you can still use the sprouter. So versatile!

How to Live Healthier with Less Cost and Less Effort…

Like other sprouters, no soil is required for growing. You don’t need chemicals or special lighting either. This home-growing system translates to less work and less mess for the home gardener who wants to wants to grow his or her own organic greens.

Since I’ve started growing sprouts at home, I find it much easier (and way cheaper!) to eat organically everyday. Seriously! Plus, using a wide variety of greens provides a larger number of nutrients.

I use the sprouts as the base to my salads instead of lettuce, and then I throw other veges, nuts and seeds on top. Sometimes I add organic hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken or wild caught fish on top.

Grow Wheatgrass Too?

Did you know that you can even grow wheatgrass in the Freshlife 3000? You can. If you want make your own wheatgrass juice AND grow organic sprouts, this machine can do it all (except for the juicing).

Here is a short 4-minute video with Steve Meyerowitz, the “Sproutman”. He gives an overview of the Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter.

Freshlife 3000 Sprouter

The sprouts that you grow in your Freshlife 3000 are up to you. However, the Sproutman has some favorites. He recommends buckwheat lettuce, baby sunflower, garlic chives, pea shoots, quinoa, cabbage, broccoli, turnip, kale, radish, clover, fenugreek and alfalfa.

For a longer, more detailed interview and description of how the product works, check out this video:

Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter Specs:

  • Power: 15 Watt Motor, 120V
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10″ wide x 10″ deep x 14.5″ tall
  • Detachable power cord
  • BPA-Free
  • Unit includes 1 barrel, Tribest sells additional barrels separately.


Sprout Garden 3 Tray Sprouting Kit

The Sprout Garden is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets for growing broccoli sprouts. It’s compact, easy-to-use and efficient.

What I Like About the Sprout Garden:

What I Like and Don't Like About the Sprout Garden SprouterIts 3 stackable trays don’t take up much space on a kitchen counter. The design of this system allows seeds to stay moist during the growing phase while not being waterlogged.

Basically, this means that you can have fuller, healthier harvests without having to put up with problematic mold issues.

Another feature that I like about the Sprout Garden is that the trays are a dark color rather than transparent.

Seeds can develop into healthier plants when they initially start in a darker environment. This encourages the sprouts to struggle for light during their initial growth phase, which in turn creates stronger, larger sprouts.

People who use clear mason jars to sprout their greens sometimes try to place their containers in a dark pantry or space with limited light. However, the problem with this is that there is typically very little air flow, which can lead to mold issues. The Sprout Garden solves this potential problem.

1 Drawback to the Sprout Garden…

What I don’t like about this all-in-one kit is that it comes with alfalfa sprouts rather than broccoli sprouts. You are essentially paying for the alfalfa sprouts even if you don’t want them. Then you need to purchase broccoli sprouts separately.

That said, broccoli sprouts can be quite pungent (similar to radish), and many growers choose to combine them with other more mild varieties like alfalfa. This can be specially nice if you plan to use them for sprout salads.

Beginners Welcome!

Growing sprouts at home can be a great way to save money and have have fresh greens conveniently at your fingertips – but you can also grow a variety of seeds at once and essentially grow yourself a fresh salad! This video show you how to do it.

You actually don’t have to know anything about growing sprouts, plant types or be a professional gardener. There are very easy “microgreen starter kits” for those of us with brown thumbs who still want to enjoy the wonders of growing our own fresh food!

Compared to a smaller container, like a mason jar or the Sproutamo, the Sprout Garden has space to accommodate more plants. You can grow sprouts separately in the different trays, or you can grow a mix together in a single tray, such as a microgreen salad.

Another benefit to having multiple trays is that you can rotate trays for continuous growing. This way, you are never having to wait for your sprouts to finish growing, because you can always have a batch that is ready to eat. Once you get in the habit of growing your own sprouts and see how easy it is – you will probably really appreciate having multiple growing trays. Have fun!

Get the Handy Pantry stackable sprouting tray here