More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!
Finally we have a little something to look at. Team 2, hulled seeds, is racing away toward the finish line! Hundreds of lovely green sprouts are raising their leaves out of the dirt, heading skyward. Even Team 1, in-the-hull seeds, are taking off big time!
The hulled seeds are up and greening, preparing to move skyward! Another day or two and I can start trimming what I want to add to my daily diet! So exciting. It’s clear I planted way too many seeds.
From now on, I’ll use my smaller whole-chicken-take-away dish for batches. Then, I’ll start a second one 3 days into the sprouting process. This way, I’ll always have fresh batches of fresh home-grown sunflower seed sprouts.
There is an interesting phenomenon with the in-the-hull sprouts. They are all rising at once, lifting the surface dirt up about 2″ into the air! I think by waiting another day to sprout, the surface dirt had dried and caked. I will water them a bit today, although the pallet is still heavy enough to indicate there is enough water.
So here they all are! In a day or so, I figure it will be about equal on both sides. Our experiment is showing many new things. First, it doesn’t really effect the outcome much whether the seeds are hulled or in the shell.
Cost and effort are effected. The bird seed sunflower sprouts, in the shell, cost $1.99 for about 8 batches worth. The hulled seeds cost $1.35 for 2 batches worth. Also, the hulled seeds take more time to prepare, about 5 minutes more, since I have to cull the broken seeds out to keep them from getting funky and spoiling the batch.
A Tentative Major Conclusion
If I have a choice, I’ll use the in-the-hull seeds to save money and effort in the process.
A Major Conclusion
Whichever sort of seed you can find seems to work to grow sunflower seed sprouts! That’s good news because if you are like me and have a hard time finding sprouting seeds locally, you double your chances to find sunflower seeds for sprouting.
Do the Math
So, the hulled seeds will grow about 2 batches for my $1.35. that’s $0.68 per batch. This batch size is equal, roughly, to about 6 of the batches you can buy in the store, if you can find them already sprouted. That’s about $48 for the retail value of the sprouts, figuring about $4 per batch, retail! So, it’s a good deal, economically.
The in-the-hull seeds will grow at least 8 batches the size we grew. We are growing the equivalent to about 8 batches in this one tray. So, that comes out to $260 worth of sprouts, figuring about $4 per batch, retail!!!
Either way pays off quite well in consideration of the savings and considering how little work it takes to actually grow them!
I plan to continue following these batches to the finish in order to show myself and my friends just what the lifeline is for the process. Stay tuned for more, my self-health for self-help friends! – Jim B