How to Grow Red Clover Sprouts in Just Ten Days

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I recently got to take my red clover obsession to a new level, when I reviewed the book “Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening” and put some of my red clover seeds to use in my kitchen garden! I’ve only made three batches of soil sprouts but I’m planning on making these in rolling batches throughout the year!
I had been meaning to grow sprouts in general for some time now, but never got around to it. I had initially been looking into growing sprouts in water trays, but after reviewing and trying the soil sprout method by Peter Burke, I’ve found that the soil sprouts especially appeal to me since:
1) When planted in trays, they blend in with the other potted plants and add to the interior décor of my kitchen.
2) Being planted in soil, they are able to actually put down roots and pull on the nutrients from the enriched soil, making for tastier, healthier, more nutrient dense sprouts!
3) Working with soil feels more like gardening, and just fills up my gardening happy place!

Why Red Clover Sprouts

Red clover sprouts have a very mild flavor, mild crunch, but are packed with lots of nutrition! Clover is easy to grow and produces a beautiful green leaf which is a lighter green than alfalfa sprouts. (It actually tastes very similar to alfalfa, so much so that many can’t tell the difference between the two!)
Red Clover is a wild perennial herb belonging to the legume family. While it is often just viewed as a wild growing plant, almost on par with a common weed, Red Clover is actually a powerful plant chock full of healing and therapeutic properties, and when ingested, it is a great tonic for cleansing and overall wellness!
Historically, Red Clover Herbal Tea was seen a means of purifying the blood by acting as a diuretic (helping the body get rid of excess fluid) and as an expectorant (helping clear the lungs of mucous). It is also known to improve circulation, and to help cleanse the liver. Red Clover is also a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

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How to Sprout Red Clover

For all of the details, tips and tricks for soil sprouting, I highly recommend the book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening (CLICK HERE to buy on Amazon.com)
1. Mix soil in a tray. For added nutrition and a growth boost, add a small handful of compost and kelp fertilizer. You only need enough soil to fill your tray about an inch.
2. Soak the seeds in water overnight (minimum of four hours). You only need one teaspoon of red clover for every 6×6 inch surface. These seeds go a LONG way! A pound of red clover seed is actually enough to sow an eighth of an acre of red clover!
3. Moisten the soil / compost / fertilizer mix until it’s thoroughly wet but still crumbly. Sprinkle the soaked seeds on top of the moistened soil. (You don’t have to bury the seeds, just sprinkle them on top of the soil.)
4. Soak some newspaper sheets in water until they are completely waterlogged. Place the sheets firmly on top of the seeds, pressing them firmly into the soil through the paper.
5. Put the newspaper covered trays in a cupboard where it’s completely dark.
6. After four days, pull the seeds out of the cupboard – they should be about an inch tall now – and put on a windowsill where the seeds can get natural light.
7. Keep the soil moist with water as needed once on the windowsill. Harvest the seeds by cutting off at the soil line as early as 6 days and up to 12 days after pulling them out of the cupboard!

Do you sprout your own seeds? What are your favorite sprouts? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

44 thoughts on “How to Grow Red Clover Sprouts in Just Ten Days

  • 24 November, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    Gingi, I’ve never sprouted seeds in my home…. you make it sound so easy… I think my cat would eat the tops off… do your pets go after them.

    I’m back, I needed some time to get house in a little better order… it’s not perfect but I’m getting a handle on it … and I missed writing xox ♡

    • 24 November, 2015 at 4:27 pm
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      It really is one of the easier garden type projects I’ve done! You can’t really get it wrong.. I actually threw away a tray of sprouts I’d harvested.. and they grew back IN THE TRASH CAN! lol… so it’s impossible to mess it up!

  • 24 November, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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    This is such a great post, Gingi! I’ve never grown my own sprouts and I don’t buy them because of the high risk of getting salmonella and e. coli. I may have to grow my own if it’s that easy. 🙂

    • 24 November, 2015 at 4:28 pm
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      Please do give it a try! It’s the easiest thing! Prep takes all over 10 minutes, and the rest is just letting them grow!

  • 24 November, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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    Something I remember doing way back when I was in primary school. You can now get kits in which it is grown in a pot to resemble hair (something I did with my niece) but somehow it wasn’t as much fun as growing it n the wads of kitchen roll as we did at school.

    • 24 November, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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      Oh yeah, chia pets! Haha, I used to think those things were soooo dumb! That said, I love chia seeds, but have never eaten chia sprouts!

  • 24 November, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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    Wow! I never tried to grow seeds but absolutely have to do!! I know shoots have so many properties!

    • 24 November, 2015 at 10:10 pm
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      I always have a hard time eating the things I garden.. I’m like.. “These are my BABIES!!!! I can’t eat my babies!!!” lol…

  • 24 November, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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    I have never even eaten a red clover sprout, at least I don’t think so… I am going to need to try this out!

    • 24 November, 2015 at 10:11 pm
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      They actually make the base of mixed sprout salad mixes! So you might have!

  • 25 November, 2015 at 1:22 am
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    Great idea! I do so much gardening in the spring/summer but don’t ever bring it indoors. I really like this idea!

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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      Yeah, I just put my raised beds to sleep for the winter, and I ALREADY have the gardening bug! Its like a Christmas in July kind of feeling, haha..

  • 25 November, 2015 at 9:51 am
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    How amazing, I’d love to give this a go! Great pictures too!!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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      Thanks Rosanna! <3

  • 25 November, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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    Cassidy and Scarlet plant sprouts. I’ve never even really heard of red clover except from you, but I’m truly intrigued.

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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      Try it out already! haha.. Im about ready to send you some seeds! lol

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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      How do you use your sprouts?? Share!

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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      Try it! It is SO EASY its almost silly!

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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      Ohhhh, cress! That is something I havent tried yet!

  • 27 November, 2015 at 12:28 pm
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    This certainly brings back some nice memories where school kids are taught how to grow sprouts. Great post, dear! xoxo

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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      <3

  • 27 November, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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  • 28 November, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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    we did this as a school work a few years ago 🙂

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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      Im def doing this with my girls for homeschool!! Fun project!

  • 28 November, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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    I haven’t grown my own seeds since I was a little girl but I probably should. It might help me to eat healthier!

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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      It really does! Although, I always feel guilty eating food Ive grown from seed.. Im like.. but theyre my BABIES!!! lol

  • 28 November, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    I do not have a green thumb, but I’m so tempted to try this 🙂

    • 30 November, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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      You should! Its soooooo easy!!! <3

  • 30 November, 2015 at 3:06 am
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    How interesting! That’s great you decided to give this a go – I kind of wish I had a home garden.

    • 30 November, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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      You can, its soooo easy! Give these sprouts a try sometime!

  • 30 November, 2015 at 5:04 pm
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    It looks so beautiful and seems like easy to do) Thanks for sharing this, maybe I’ll try it someday)

  • 14 October, 2016 at 5:33 am
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    where do you get your seeds> do you know if they are organic and not gmo> I want to grow a yard full of edible red clover so I can use the flowers and the leaves. Please drop me a note if you can help. Thanks, Misty

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