Oil Sunflower - In Hull
called Sunnys, these Greens are absolutely Awesome!
to Green in 8 - 12 Days
Shelf Life at 70° = 1 - 3 years
Shelf Life = 1 - 3 weeks
A, B, C and E
Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium
much you soak depends on the area you are planting - see here.
vary depending on method used, temperature and technique. We could
get 2-3 pounds of Sunflower Greens from an 11x22 inch tray.
Medium: Redmond's Clay
growing Greens: You really MUST Pre-Sprout before planting.
seed* into a bowl or your Sprouter.
2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.
Sunflower seeds in their shell will FLOAT. You MUST weigh them down
when soaking or they won't all take up water. We use a plate that
rests right on top of the seeds in the bowl or bucket in which we
soak, but the easiest of all methods for the home grower is to use a
jar with a lid. Put your seeds in and fill the jar to the brim with
water, screw on the lid and presto - all of your seeds are submerged!
the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
off the soak water.
thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is
optimal) between Rinses.
and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
perhaps one more...
and Drain in 8-12 hours.
conceivably one more...
and Drain in 8-12 hours.
goal is to have a small root before planting.
most of the seeds have sprouted tiny (1/8-1/4 inch) roots it is time
to plant. This is typically after just 2-3 Rinse and Drain cycles.
Clay absorbs liquid so readily and holds it so supremely that you
need little of it. We use 3 Cups for an 11 x 11 inch tray and 6 Cups
for an 11 x 22 inch tray. If you're using another size tray, make it
1/4 - 1/2 inch deep. Spray water evenly across the surface then
spread it out as evenly as you can. We like to use ionized water.
(The amount of liquid is this: a little more than one quart for an 11
x 22 inch tray. You don't want more than a little left in the Drip
Tray. Pour off what water remains above the ridges of the Drip Tray.
seeds evenly on thoroughly moistened clay.
use a lot of Sunflowers and though some literature will tell you that
your seeds should not ever lay atop each other, we have found from
years of experience and thousands of pounds of Greens grown that that
is bunk! You will learn for yourself that some Greens (like these)
produce a plant that takes up less room than the seed (sunflower
seeds are in fact going to grow all the way to the top of the crop,
rising on tender stalks, and be shed to display 2 lovely leaves which
are the meat of the seed transformed into the plant. This is dicot
seed at its most illustrative!) and so to maximize your yield your
seeds must lay atop each other to some degree. The thing to watch is
this: If you find mold or fungal problems in your Greens then lessen
the amount of seed you plant. The hotter/more humid your climate is
the more of an issue the mold/fungus is. As always, you need to adapt
to your own climate and seasonal conditions. And learn as you go -
this is really easy and fun stuff to learn!
the planted tray
an inverted tray (the Cover Tray) - to keep light out and moisture
Your covering tray should have holes or slits in it so that some air
circulation exists. Without this very minimal air flow you might have
mold or fungal problems.
in a low-light, room temperature location. 70° is always optimal
but Sunflower Greens will grow very well in warmer temperatures also.
lightly once or twice a day.
goal is to keep the sprouts moist until their roots bury themselves
in the soil/medium - at which point your goal is to keep the
soil/medium moist. Spraying the sprouts is best - whether you use a
garden hose sprayer, hand sprayer or faucet sprayer - just try to
make sure that every sprout gets rinsed and quenched until they bury
their roots. You may use Kelpman if you like.
the roots are buried all you need to do is keep the medium moist -
the seeds and subsequent Greens will get the moisture they need
through their roots. Water from the side if possible, to prevent
injuring the tender Plants.
3-4 days until they are 1-2 inches tall or until they push the
covering tray up (it really will do that - it is cool!)
to a well lit location to Green your Greens (If you use direct
sunlight (a very good idea for Greens) be prepared to do more
watering). Keep the soil/medium moist by watering the soil/medium
daily. Watch it grow.
the plants are about 3-4 inches tall and have green leaves - by
cutting the plants just above soil or mediums surface.
should occur BEFORE "true leaves" begin to show. They are
leaves which will appear from the center of the first 2 leaves. If
you see a few Greens with these tiny leaves forming then get your
scissors NOW - the Greens get less tasty (a bit bitter) if left go
Sunflower Greens will shed their hulls as their leaves open, but
there are always some that are slow to shed. You can take the tray at
an angle and brush your hand back and forth over the top of the
Greens to help the stubborn along.
you are going to store your crop: During the final 8-12 hours
minimize the surface moisture of your Greens - they will store best
in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch. So if you water
try to keep the water off the plants - just water the soil/medium.
your crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice -
glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator.
cup for a 5" square Tray.
1/2 cup for an 11" square Tray.
Cups for an 11 inch x 22 inch Tray.
surest way to know what amount of seed to use: Spread dry seed on the
bottom of your sprouter so that the seed is spread evenly but