Black Oil Sunflower - In Shell This year we have seed from a California Sunflower farmer. They grow several varieties, but all they grow is Sunflowers. This seed produces absolutely delicious crops! Sunflower Greens are the quintessential Micro-Green. If you want to grow Big Micro-Greens, start here. There is nothing else like them! See the Notes tab on this page and on our Growing Instructions page for specifics about our current seed. Note: This seed is for Micro-Greens only. If you want sprouts Get These. Our Sunflowers are grown organically.
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- Soak8 - 12 hoursThe amount of time your seeds should soak in cool water. Soaking is how we begin the sprouting process in most cases.
- Rinse / Drain2 times per dayHow often your seeds should be watered. Rinsing thoroughly and then draining as much water as possible are key components to growing great sprouts.
- PlantDay 2Approximate time you will plant your crop if growing Grass, Greens, or Micro-Greens, after soaking your seeds. If your seeds do not soak they will get planted right off the bat.
- Harvest8 - 12 daysThe time it takes to grow a finished Sprout, or other crop (Micro-Greens, Grass, Greens) from a dry Seed. Note: This "finished" Sprout is our preference. you may grow them for as long as you want! In fact, we suggest that you taste them at every rinse to discover when you like them best.
Vitamins A, B, C and E
Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium
Recommended Sprouters for Sunflower Greens
Used to bring these bad boys to school in my lunch bag. I bought a 2 lb bag a couple years back when I discovered SP and I keep em in the freezer because I love them so much. Their germination rate and growing quality is still great! Sprouting some right now!
I followed the growing instructions on the website and grew one of the tastiest greens I have ever had. Normally I dislike all salad greens because I can taste a strong bitter flavor from any green that isn't freshly harvested.
I used the EasySprouter to pre-sprout and then transferred to soil. I sprayed them with kelp fertilizer since I did not have the earthworm castings. The leaves were small (which is what I preferred this time).
Based on other reviews, I plan to use earthworm castings to see how the flavor compares. It's great as it is.
I find a coffee plunger works best for keeping all the seeds submerged. It's so easy to use for this purpose.
Sproutpeople response: The coffee plunger (we're guessing it's a "French press"), is a GREAT idea for soaking sunflower greens!
These are great seeds, I believe I get 100% of seeds to grow. They have such a great flavor, slightly nutty. Can't recommend enough. Worm castings do make a difference, and I recommend using them. Though I will say they are still wonderful with out and I grew them with out for about 6 months before I started adding the castings.
When I first got these a year ago, I was surprised at how small they were. When I grew these using Happy Frog from the nursery, the leaves were also small. I recently added worm castings and kelp fertilizer to sprouting soil I got at another website (sorry) and I just noticed the leaves are at least twice as big! They just need worm castings! Silly me. 5 stars and a reorder.
These are the first micro-greens I'm growing (I'm in the middle of the first crop). I was somehow expecting a higher germination rate -though, as they just started growing, I might end up with a better result than so far. Even so, I have been snacking on them and these micro-greens are absolutely delicious, I have already ordered another 2 lbs just to have them handy. I highly recommend trying them!
I don't soak them. I just keep them very wet the first day on top the dirt and they grow fine. I grow other seeds as microgreens on soil too without soaking the seeds. I just keep them very wet the first day, like broccoli, clover, Russian mix, etc. works for me. I soak them on top the soil I guess you could say.
I am ordering for the third time, I think and I am increasing the amount I'm buying.
I drink green smoothies every morning and add these luscious guys for taste and nutrition. I also eat them throughout the day, of course. I add worm castings to the regular soil for growing and they are growing thick and robust. Just knowing that I will have such great greens all winter is a good feeling.
I'm a big fan of the Sproutpeople seed mixes for leafy sprouts and microgreens. Not so much their sunflower seeds however. Poor germination ratio and even with my regular dirt blend using earthworm castings, the vast majority of the hulls stay on and are very difficult to remove. I've been growing microgreens for years and have had much better luck with sunflower seeds from other vendors. The bag I received were the black and white striped variety not the black oil ones that are shown in their pictures. Although this was a disappointment I will say their seed blends are by far the best.
Response from Sproutpeople: I'm shocked you don't like these Lew. They grow wonderfully for me and honestly you are the first person to report any problem. Like our Sunflower pages say (in the Notes tab) - we sometimes have Open-Pollinated seeds - but these of which you are writing are hybrid seeds. Though the hybrid seed has a white stripe - they are Black Oil - not Confectionary (the striped ones). The only reason you would get a poor germination rate from these is if they were not all submerged while Soaking. We note our method on our Sunflower Greens Instruction page; use a jar with a lid to keep them ALL underwater while soaking. Thanks for your many kind words. Happy Sprouting! Gil
I love growing these greens. They are easy, fast and taste great! I also love shopping at sprout people. The instructions here are so clear they should call it sprouting for dummies.
Great products, We need more recipes.