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We don't do anything special to green our sprouts when we grow at home. We grow them from start to finish on the kitchen counter - or the dish drainer if there is room. In either case they get light from our combined 150-200 watts around the room - just regular light bulbs, and a little (very) indirect sunlight.
When you're growing sprouts, room light is nothing to worry about! Don't bother hiding your Sprouts, they can't begin photosynthesis until they have leaves anyway and contrary to the all too popular dogma in sprouting books - it does no harm!
On the day your Sprouts are ready to take in light - when their cotyledons (first leaves) have shed their hulls or are about to - allow your sprouts light - if you've been keeping it from them. If you grow them - like we do - where light is already available, just watch the magic (it'll take a couple days so you might want to grab a sandwich if you plan on watching every moment =:-)
Grass & Greens
If you are Growing Grass or Greens you will have kept the light away most likely, so now is the time to uncover them. When you see them growing tall (an inch or so for Grass and 2-3 inches for Greens) but yellow (sans chlorophyll), uncover the container and move it to a well lit location.Greens (like the Sunflowers in the picture) are a bit greedier for light, especially Sunflower Greens, so make them happy and give 'em plenty. If you use direct sunlight be prepared to do more watering. As the plants grow their roots become more voluminous than the soil on which they're planted, so they drink up the moisture faster the bigger they get. When you factor in light - especially direct sunlight which hastens the drying of the soil - you need to work that much harder to keep your crop moist. Just plan on watering every day during the last few days.
We use the sun whenever we can when Greening plants, we have for years. There is nothing better for the big plants!
As for Grass - it will also do swell with the Sprout sufficient light and since you allow Grass light when still quite small, it is best to keep it away from direct (hot) light so the soil doesn't dry out. After it has grown to two or three inches it will have developed a canopy over the soil. You can be more aggressive with your light then, if you wish, but as with the Greens, the root mass is greater than the soil mass by this time so keep it moist!
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Back in 2001 we were still using the phone. One day I was talking to a long-time customer while pushing my (then 4 year old) daughter on the swing in our backyard (this is what a mom n' pop business is like on the internet). It dawned on me that my priorities were severely messed up, so I stopped using the phone. I love to talk and I love to help, but my family would never see me if I picked up the phone again, and that's just wrong don't you think?!
The very best way to contact us is through E-mail =:-)
We are quite fast and VERY thorough. We love to help.
We have been an internet only business since 2001. We are not a big corporation. We are but 2 people, Mom n' Pop Sprout. We decided after years of juggling our family's (kids, dogs, cats and even our own) needs, and the needs of Sproutpeople, that we had to make more time for our kids, so we stopped talking on the phone. All calls go to voice mail and have since 2001.
We are very fast to fill orders and answer e-mail, and though we wish we could make the time to talk, we just can't seem to get more minutes into a each hour. We are many years older than when we started and our days are too short and made up of too few hours to do everything. This limitation in our business has not kept us from pleasing our customers, nor from growing (as we have every year since 1993). We do what we do as well as we can, and we think we do it very well indeed.
We appreciate your patronage more than we can say. We ask that you use the phone for emergencies only and that you search our site for answers before e-mailing us. This site is bigger than any 4 sprout books put together, it is always available and it is free, and we know that almost all questions are answered here.
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