How to Grow Bean Sprouts – A Beginner’s Guide

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Bean sprouts, which are known botanically as Vigna radiata, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing bean sprouts as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Bean Sprouts

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the bean sprout seeds soak seeds for 8-12 hours, then drain and rinse. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when bean sprouts are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Bean Sprouts the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing bean sprouts in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your bean sprouts grow. Generally, your soil should be N/A Soil PH levels should be around N/A.

seeds can be sown densely. seeds can be sown densely. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about N/A. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your bean sprout seedlings not applicable, as they are grown without soil and harvested before thinning is needed.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Bean Sprouts

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your bean sprouts. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your bean sprouts should be getting no light needed for sprouting

How Much to Water Bean Sprouts

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your bean sprouts do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your bean sprouts begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Bean Sprouts to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your bean sprouts grow.

It takes approximately 8-12 hours for initial soak, then 3-5 days to grow to germinate, and a total of 3-5 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Bean Sprouts

The best time to harvest your bean sprouts is when sprouts reach desired size and before they become too bitter.

Bean sprouts can grow up to about 2-4″ long.

What Can Bean Sprouts Be Used For?

Food Use: great for salads, sandwiches, and stir-fry.

Flavor Profile: crunchy, mild, and slightly nutty.

Can Bean Sprouts Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, use a jar or sprouting tray. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your bean sprouts around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Bean Sprouts Safe for Bees?

Yes, bean sprouts are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing bean sprouts is bee-friendly.

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