Choosing a Suitable Sprouter
So you have found some customers on your journey of growing sprouts for profit, now you need a suitable sprouting method. There are several sprouting methods available so let’s take a quick look at them. If you are growing sprouts commercially or even as a hobby for some extra spending money, the main things you are looking for in a sprouter are:
- The ability to grow large amounts of sprouts – this will be critical if you scale your business up
- Consistent results – your customers will be depending on your delicious goods!
- A fast sprouting method – this will make planning easier and turnover/output higher with the same set-up
- To be cost effective to set-up, which gets you to profit much quicker
Things you do not want in a sprouter:
- Require excessive amounts of space
- Requires daily rinsing of sprouts, as this turns the process in to work!
- It should not be complicated and require excessive cleaning between batches
- It should not use excessive amounts of water
A selection of sprouters is outlined below. You can find more detailed reviews by following the link at the end of each section.
This simple method involves soaking your seeds in water overnight, then draining them out and leaving the seeds spread around the inside surface of a glass jar to begin the sprouting process. Although you will certainly be able to grow sprouts in a jar, glass jars do not offer very good air circulation or drainage, so you will need to rinse them out with water 2-3 times a day to prevent the sprouts from spoiling. This may not be a suitable method if you do not have the time or are not available throughout the day to do the rinsing. If your kids are helping out (as they may love to do), then glass may not be suitable as it becomes slippery once wet during the rinsing process and broken glass is of course quite hazardous.
There are some glass jars available with a mesh screen built in to the lid of the jar that makes the rinsing process a little easier, however if you are looking at growing sprouts for profit, you are going to need quite a few jars and quite a bit of space to make enough sprouts to sell and the rinsing process for multiple jars becomes quite excessive. You are also more susceptible to losing a batch to spoiling from mold growth and you may disappoint your customers! For further details you can read more about sprouting jars here.
Trays are the next step up from glass jars and they are often designed with improved drainage and better air flow. This helps to reduce spoiled sprouts that go slimy or moldy. There are also some stackable trays that will allow you to grow a greater volume if your intention is growing sprouts for profit. If using trays, you will still need to rinse the sprouts daily and failing to do so could lose your whole batch! They are also quite prone to drying out due to the large exposed surface area, so in warmer conditions, they may need to be ‘misted’ during the day using a spray bottle. There are also increased costs involved up front to purchase trays that are going to last a while and they can take up quite a bit of room. It is important to note that the trays must be cleaned thoroughly between batches to prevent mold growth and spoiled sprouts. You can read more about sprouting trays here.
These devices are usually designed with improved air flow and drainage and have some sort of in-built water spraying device. This is usually set to operate based on a set time interval, where it sprays your sprouts to rinse them at regular intervals. This is a great way to automate your growing process if your lifestyle does not allow you to be attending to your sprouts throughout the day. There are a few drawbacks with the automatic sprouter; they are quite expensive to purchase, the water consumption can be excessive if you are environmentally conscious or have a shortage of available water and it is essential to clean the sprouter out thoroughly between batches. The cleaning factor is particularly important to note, as often automatic sprouters have many parts and places for bacteria to grow if not thoroughly cleaned after each use. Depending on the size of the sprouter and the amount of sprouts you intend to sell, buying multiple automatic sprouters is not usually viable if you are intending to make a profit! You can read more about automatic sprouters here.
This is a revolutionary new sprouting method developed by Robin Marche through 20 years of research and development of sustainable growing methods. It uses a simple yet highly effective method of moisture regulation that eliminates the need for daily rinsing. The method itself is very simple to learn, very cheap to set-up and you can grow as little or as much sprouted vegetables as you would like in just 72 hours. You do some simple steps at the start and then leave them alone until they are ready. It is the ideal sprouting method when growing sprouts for profit for its simplicity, cost and ability to grow large amounts of sprouts without the need to attend to them daily and consume excess amounts of water.