Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunflower Sprouts: Striped vs Black

Sunflower Sprouts

I’ve been growing a lot of microgreens, but I thought I’d try a few sprouts. I have been focusing my attention on black oil sunflower seeds. They seem to be more popular and are more productive. This is to document a quick experiment between striped and black sunflower seeds since both are quite easy to get.

In the photo above, you can see the difference with the striped on the left and the black on the right. I started to soak the seeds at the same time. I started with four tablespoons of striped and three tablespoons of black. Both of the jars sat next to each other on the counter getting the same amount of light and water.

After a week, all of the black have sprouted while less than half of the striped did. In the same week, the striped only created about 1/4 cup of sprouts while the black a cup. The striped sprouts were small and sad while the black were strong and healthy. I also find the black taste better.

I gave the striped seeds away, and will continue to grow the black oil seeds.


  1. I was looking forward to this update; thanks!

  2. Thanks for posting this. I just about to buy gray striped one since it's on sale on one of the website. Now I will only purchase black-oil one.


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