there are basically 2 types of Sunflower seeds that are sold for sprouting-
1. The Striped variety, these are generally the most
popular for sprouting as they are less prone to developing mould.
2. The black variety these are the ones that are
generally grown for oil production as they have a higher oil content but can
have a problem with mould, but if you follow the steps below this can be easily
How to grow Sunflower sprouts -
I have found the best method is to soak them
overnight in the probiotic nutrient or at least seaweed solution if you don’t
have the probiotic nutrients, in the morning rinse well, drain well and store
in a colander with a cover so they don’t dry out, next morning soak in the
nutrient for 10 to 20 minutes, again rinse and drain well (in winter do this
for an extra day), then spread them evenly on top of the soil or coconut fibre,
make sure that they’re not sitting on top of each other, I spray them with a
mixture of colloidal silver, magnesium chloride with a few drops of pyrethrum.
I then cover for 1 to 3 days with the clear Perspex cover, each day just
checking for any mould development and picking those seeds out and throwing
The trick with growing sunflower sprouts is to try to get as many seeds as possible to
reach the optimal stage for harvest at the same time, this is when the 1st set
of 2 leaves has fully developed and the casing of the sunflower seed, husk, has
been discarded. At this stage you cut them all together and store them in a
cotton bag inside a plastic bag in the fridge, they will keep well for at least
a week, if you let them go and they develop their 2nd set of 2
leaves then the taste of the 2nd set of leaves is not as nice
as the 1st set and they also have a furry texture.
So the whole point of soaking them twice before you
plant them and keeping them under the cover for a couple of days is to
encourage uniformity with regard to germination and development.
Tip - When cutting for storage, 1st remove
any husks still clinging to any leaves, cut and place into a bowl & then
transfer to the cotton bag, this way you get a 2nd chance to check
for any seed husks and also any dirt or coconut fibre that may have been
clinging to the leaves will fall to the bottom of the bowl, a small but simple
step that will make your final result just a little bit better.
We have also designed some Perspex pliers
specifically for picking out mouldy seeds.
Health benefits of Sunflower sprouts –
They provide all the essential amino acids, full of
folate (folic acid), and B complex, vital nutrients for pregnant
women. Contain vitamins A, D, and E as well as important minerals
including calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.
Helps to boost your reproductive health by
providing the body with ample zinc .
Leafy green sprouts, especially those of the sunflower variety are essential to
creating innate lymphoid cells (ILC) important immunity-boosting cells found in
the lining of the digestive system that help to keep our gut bacteria healthy.
See Pictures of the method -> Loose Sprouting Method Pictures.
See Slide show of the method -> Vertical/Micro-green Sprouting
Method Slide Show.
Video of the method -> Loose Sprouting Method Video
See our Sprouting kits -> Loose Sprouting Kits
See here for seeds purchase -> Sprouting Seeds
Sunflower Seeds 0.45kg.
Sunflower Seeds 1kg