Sprouting jars are containers that provide the optimal conditions required for the germination and growth of sprout seeds.
What conditions do sprouts need to grow?
Like most seeds, sprout seeds thrive in warm and humid conditions. Ideally, you would grow them at 25 degrees celsius and 60% relative humidity, but don't worry there is a lot of wiggle room with these two requirements! What IS absolutely essential, is the need for adequate drainage. If your sprout seeds are left sitting in water for too long, the seeds can rot and eventually die.
What features do sprout jars need?
To meet these conditions, the ideal container will have some of the following features:
Glass or plastic construction - as this allows the seeds it to stay warm, kind of like a greenhouse.
A strainer lid to allow you to easily drain the jar on a daily basis (stainless steel is preferable as it will last longer, require less cleaning, and will not end up as plastic waste.
A stand of some sort that you can use to rest your jar upside down so that it can drain all day.
How do I get started with sprouts?
TheSpeedy Sprouter and seeds are all you need to get going, but if you want to do a rough and tumble DIY system, here are some typical things you could use:
A wide-mouth mason jar or any large jar that you have thoroughly cleaned
A mesh or cloth strainer with a mesh that has holes smaller than your smallest seed