Growing Hot Squared Sprout Mix

Growing Hot Squared Sprout Mix

When conditions are warm your sprouts will likely grow faster. If their leaves open sooner you should green and de-hull and harvest sooner. Likewise they may grow slower if conditions are very cool. These are just tiny plants - they are not difficult to understand. The more you sprout the better you'll know them and be able to adjust to their needs. As always 70° is optimal and 70° is what our instructions are written for.

All sprouts generate heat while growing, which is a good thing, but it can get out of hand on occasion. When the weather is especially hot and humid you will do well to Rinse more frequently (every 8 hours if possible) using colder water than usual (the coldest your tap can offer is fine), to compensate.

Depending on your sprouting device, not all of your sprouts will have access to light and so some will not green. This is not only OK - it is good. The yellow sprouts will be equally nutritious (they have everything but chlorophyll) and many think them more delicious (in Europe vegetables are often grown "blanched" by avoiding light). We think they are prettier when there is a mix of green and yellow to go with the white roots. So don't sweat it - just eat more sprouts!

It is ESSENTIAL that you keep Brassica sprouts from clumping together and you CAN NOT grow them vertically using a tray sprouter. Brassica sprouts will mat together forming a dense bluish root mass which not only is unattractive but shortens the shelf life of the finished sprouts. So mix ‘em up! We use high water pressure when Rinsing to keep our brassica sprouts loose, but this only works for so long - so - when water isn't enough, break the clump of sprouts up using a fork or your fingers (wash your hands first please, if they need it). If you are using a sprouter that can hold water, fill it mostly full then use a fork to loosen. You can also dump your sprouts onto or into something and just shake them apart. You should never be afraid** of touching your sprouts. They are much stronger then they appear - just be reasonably gentle.

** The only thing to fear is fear itself.

Dry Hot2 Ready to Soak.

12 hours later... Soaked, Rinsed andDrained thoroughly.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. When you look at your sprouts - 12ish hours since you last looked at them - you will see fuzz on them. That is not mold! You are seeing microscopic roots: Root Hairs. You may have seen them earlier, and you'll see them in the future. Rinsing makes them fall back against the tap root. They seem to disappear, but as the sprouts dry - in the next 12 hours - they unfurl again as you will see. You should see them with a Magnifying Glass. Amazing!

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Harvest Time!