I have a fun solution that only takes a couple of days to see results, and about a week to have a "full" plant. It's wheat grass. Plus, it's cute enough you can use it as a Spring decoration for your house. (Quite unlike those nasty looking plastic Ziplocs with wet paper towels in them.)
Lets get started:
1. Find a container about 3-4 inches deep. It's best to have draining holes in the bottom if you're a beginner at the whole sprouting thing, but if you think you have a good idea of how much water they need the holes aren't necessary.
2. Fill your container to about 1 inch below the rim with pre-moistened potting mix.
3. Sprinkle the top with wheat seed. Leave a little space between the seeds so they're not touching and competing for food. Press the seeds into the soil and cover lightly with a more potting soil. Then water lightly.
Some tips for buying wheat seed:
- Purchase your wheat from a reputable source that sells food-grade organic seed that is meant for sprouting.
- Never use agricultural seed, especially any seed that is coated with fungicide.
- Wheat seeds are sometimes sold as wheat "kernels" or as "Hard Red Wheat".
5. By about day 7-10, the sprouts are the perfect height to use as a Spring centerpiece or Easter baskets. Scatter some speckled candy Easter eggs in the grass or hide chocolate bunnies for a festive look.
Spring flowers are beautiful, but this centerpiece is a little unexpected and will last long after the holiday. Happy Spring!