So why sprout seeds in clay sprouters?
- Fundamentally, sprouts are grown for a healthy diet. If seeds grow happily, we may expect healthy sprouts and these are better for us.
- Firstly, sprouters made of a natural material like clay keep our planet less polluted – clay is part of Nature.
- By using locally sourced clay, crafted by local potters we can supporting our community.
- Thirdly and wonderfully, moist earthenware clay creates an ideal environment for sprouts to grow. Plastic containers or glass jars simply cannot compete with a clay sprouter in replicating the conditions which naturally occur in soil where the seeds normally sprout.
- Clay sprouters can be used for generating various baby-plants, generally called sprouts, without using soil or compost. This includes germinating, sprouting, growing shoots, micro-greens or grasses. Soil-less sprouting is a neat, clean method that can be performed anywhere, even on the kitchen worktop without risk of contaminating other foods.
It is a very convenient and time efficient method.
We have heard so many horror stories about plastic sprouters that turned the sprouts mouldy and ended up needing to be thrown away. Or sprouting in a glass jar where half of seeds were lost down the sink and the rest, struggling to drain properly, ended up smelling bad unless rinsed ‘religiously’ four times a day! The clay sprouter, if used correctly, really is effortless by comparison. The rule of “Less Is More” fits best when it comes to watering/rinsing the sprouts and whilst the clay vessel is moist, no watering is required at all. Undamaged, organically grown seed has the ability to protect itself from turning bad during sprouting, if the correct growing balance is sustained. To give sprouting seeds that natural balance we grow them in clay sprouters.