HG Alfalfa Grow Guide - Homegrown Garden

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Alfalfa sprouts are 3- to 5-day old germinated alfalfa seeds, with tiny shoots and roots that are beginning to develop. They are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K and C, copper, manganese, folate, riboflavin, iron, and thiamine. Alfalfa sprouts may be tiny, but they are packed with good stuff. They are low in calories and are known to promote good health. 

Preparation

Wash alfalfa seeds thoroughly before planting them to remove any dirt. They may be grown in jars, starting trays, and seed sprouters. 


Sprouting in Jars

After washing the seeds thoroughly, place about 2 tablespoons of clean seeds in the jar and fill it with cold drinking water, just until it covers the seeds. Cover the jar with either mesh cloth or cheesecloth and secure it with a lid or rubber band. Place the jar in a shady room at room temperature, and let the seeds soak for about 8 to 12 hours.


Rinse with drinking water and drain the seeds after the soaking period. Repeat this every 4 to 8 hours for the next 2 days. On the third day, place the jar on the counter or windowsill so it can get plenty of indirect sunlight. Be sure that the seeds are always moist, but not wet. Keep rinsing and draining the seeds for another 2 days or until harvest.


Sprouting in Starter Trays or Seed Sprouters

On a starting tray or seed sprouter, sprinkle the clean seeds evenly. Soak them in cold water for 8 to 12 hours. While the seeds are soaked, keep the tray or sprouter in a shady area at room temperature. After soaking, rinse and drain the seeds well. Repeat the rinsing and draining process every 4 to 8 hours for the next 2 days. On the third day, transfer the tray to a bright area. Remember to keep the seeds moist, but not wet. Continue the rinsing and draining process until the sprouts’ first few leaves begin to appear, until about the fifth day. 


Harvest

When most hulls have 

loosened and you think 

the sprouts are big 

enough to consume, 

you may already start 

harvesting them. Give 

them one final rinse and 

drain before harvesting.

You may also de-hull

them if needed or

desired.

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