About a Sprout. How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

For everyone who missed planting their vegetable seeds and are now thinking “Uch.  I’m such a loser.  Why didn’t I just stick some seeds in some dirt so I could have my very own vegetables grown from seed?“; fear not.

I have something for you.

Probably one of the most fun things in the world to grow are Alfalfa Sprouts. And all you need are some seeds, a mason jar and 4 days.

I originally posted this tutorial last year but with all the apartment dwellers, people with shady backyards and no room to grow anything this spring, I thought now would be a great time to repost this.

You don’t need a backyard, a lot of space or even dirt to grow Alfalfa sprouts.   You barely even need a brain.

Growing sprouts is like vegetable crack.  Instant gratification.  Only crack is bad and sprouts are good.  Clearly, if confronted in a back alley by a drug dealer pushing crack and a crunchy, tree hugger pushing alfalfa seeds … you should go for the seeds.  Even if the drug dealer is dressed better.

You can grow bean sprouts if you follow my tutorial on how to grow mung bean sprouts. And you can grow alfalfa sprouts if you follow this one …

How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts






  1. Amy says:

    I am going to give these away for favors at my wedding:)

  2. Sprouting Seeds says:

    This is perfect! My kids would love to have a little jar of plants to grow! We recently bought a Venus Fly Trap and they’ve loved watching it…thanks for sharing!

  3. Shauna says:

    Hey Karen,

    I finally got around to trying my hand at growing sprouts;) I’ve done a little homage post to you and the sprouts on my blog at http://www.yourlifevents.com/2011/07/05/feast-sprouting-sprouts-almost-easier-than-breathing/

    with link backs to you;)

  4. Cassie says:

    I grew up with a jar of these guys growing in the fridge all the time! My mom had (well, has, er, I have… she passed away in Jan.) a weird mason jar with a special lid on it, it’s green plastic and acts like a colander. Even still have a little baggy of the seeds in the fridge!
    I love these sprouts, especially an avocado/sprout/tomato sandwich!

  5. OMG, I’m so going to eat sprouts every day now!!! I’m heading out to the health food store right now!! Great tutorial, and hilarious as usual!

  6. Karen says:

    First thing I did after reading this was put a stop at the health food store on my list. Sure enough I went yesterday and bought some alfalfa seed. Going to start a batch today. WAY cheaper than buying pre-grown sprouts in the store. Hello Karen from another Karen in MN (almost in Canada)

  7. Gwen~healthymamma says:

    Oh my gosh! That’s too funny, I am totally kicking myself for not planting this season… sigh.
    I tried sprouting mung beans but they weren’t tasty except for in stir fry’s. I love alfalfa sprouts and really need to try this! So excited to have found you!!!

    • Karen says:

      Gwen – I’m excited you found me too! I’ve tried mung beans but haven’t been very successful. I’ll give it another go, though. ~ karen

  8. Patti says:

    Where the heck does one find seeds for sprouts?
    That’s the biggest question I have.

    And where do you get wheatgrass seeds? What the heck. I’m making an indoor backyard, people!

    • Karen says:

      Patti – I found my sprout seeds at my local health food store. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to find them at a bulk store like The Bulk Barn. Otherwise, I would go to an actual seed store. :) ~ karen

  9. rachel says:

    “look away mom and mom’s friends*
    so you refer to a “musty taste” these little guys have when you purchase them from a grocer. i have a friend who REFUSES to eat sprouts because of this musty taste that reminds her of how a certain *ick* bodily fluid tastes. *ick* seriously, i don’t know why she thinks this. thanks to your how-to, i will now hopefully convince her how great sprouts can be!!

  10. mimi says:

    Lol at you barely even need a brain! The way I feel this morning, alfalfa (and you do need a brain to spell that, I had to go back and check it!) sprouts is about all I can manage.

  11. Renee says:

    I did this a few times and really enjoyed it, but stopped doing it for some reason. Must get back on the horse!

    Also just discovered while creating some garden-themed favors for my sister’s bridal shower: whole wheat grains (wheatberries) can be grown in a very similar fashion to create wheatgrass! You don’t need the jar and the rinsing and turning, but basically just keep the seeds damp for a few days, and without doing anything, you get cool pretty wheatgrass like this:

  12. Julie shinnick says:

    Great! Now just need someone to rinse them for me each morning and night and I’m done! lol

  13. Mindy says:

    My mom and I just had a conversation about growing sprouts the other day. She grew them all the time when we were kids. With all the e-coli hype lately, this is the best way to ‘have your cake and eat it too’. Without being rushed to the hospital of course. Thanks for reminding the masses of this super simple remedy to grocery store recalls. Rye crisps, avocado and sprouts? A match made in heaven.

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