How to Sprout Gelatinous Organic Sprouting Seeds - Chia, Flax, Arugula, and Cress

Many people want to know how to sprout the gelatinous seeds like flax, chia, arugula, and cress. Gelatinous seeds form a gel-like sac around the seed in the presence of water. They get gooey, hard to manage and will not sprout using conventional methods such as a jar sprouter or a tray sprouter. What to do?

The Ways to Sprout Gelatinous Seeds

There are three ways to sprout gelatinous seeds.  You can sprout them in soil, you can sprout them using a terra cotta clay tray sprouter or you can sprout them in a plastic tray sprouter using a growing medium such as Sure To Grow Mats.

Detailed Methods of Sprouting Gelatinous Seeds

The soil absorbs the gooey stuff and you can sprout as usual making certain the soil is damp and moist but not pooled with water. Sprinkle dry seeds onto the soil.  Gelatinous seeds do not behave when they are wet, they become unmanageable.
The terra cotta tray sprouter is similiar to sprouting in soil as the clay is absorbant as well. You will first need to soak the clay sprouter in water for about 15 minutes to 30 minutes.  Then sprinkle the dry seed onto the tray.  Rinse with fresh water two times each day and let the water drain out.  You will see the seed become gelatinous when it is in contact with the water.
The sure to grow mats will also absorb the gooey stuff so that you can sprout as usual. Gelatinous seeds do not do well in jar sprouters but with the assistance of the growing mats, they will do well in tray sprouters.
gelatinous seed: chia as as chia turtle

gelatinous seed: chia as as chia turtle

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Sprout Lady Rita



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I hope you try sprouting these wonderful gelatinous seeds!