You don’t need to repot in soil, unless you want to. With suitable nutrients, your plant can thrive in water forever (it’s called hydroponics).
Should you want to repot your plant in soil or in the ground, no problem. Just gently pull out the plant from your Sprout and spread them around in their new pot. The plant will have to adjust and create new type of roots, but should recover quickly.
Sometimes you will see some staining on your Sprout after removing the plant. An easy and gentle way to clean them is to soak in vinegar for a day or so. The staining is actually clinging to calcium deposit on the surface. You can also run your Sprout through the dishwasher.
It depends on the type of plants you want to grow on your Sprout.
Size S: acorns, chestnuts, walnuts, beans, small bulbs like snowdrop and muscari, crocus, small cactus or succulent plants, cuttings such as spider plant or pilea.
Size L: avocado pits, larger succulents and cactus, larger flower bulbs such as tulips, paperwhites, narcissus or hyacinths.
If you don’t have the patience to watch your seed grow and send roots through the opening of Sprout, go for quicker options that look instantly lush:
Cuttings, such as the spider plant, pilea offshoots, philodendron or use traditionally grown cactus or succulent and rinse out the soil. Tutorial here. For lots of ideas, check out our instagram account.
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In the beginning, the seeds themselves contain big stores of energy for the growing plant. When it runs out, or if your plant is looking a bit sad, you can add a small amount of suitable nutrients to the water. Watch out that you don’t overdo it and burn the roots. We recommend this plant food.
Fill the glass with water almost all way to underside of the porcelain Sprout. Don’t let the roots dry out, refill when the water level goes down, every week or two.
Depends on the plant/seed you want to try.
Acorns, chestnuts, walnuts and other seeds from cold climates need to be germinated according to the cold treatment.
All other seeds like beans, avocado pits, and other warm-climate plant seeds can be germinated using the regular baggie method.
For all seeds: once you have a long enough root, place it on your sprout with the root in the water and watch it grow.
Did you follow the instructions from our how-to?
If yes, and no results, here’s some pointers.
- It takes time. Don’t give up on your acorns yet, it can take between 3 to 8 weeks to start seeing signs of germination. The acorn needs to reach the right level of humidity and temperature to wake up and start growing.
- Not all seeds are viable. That’s just how nature works, only a percentage of seeds actually germinate. The germination rate decreases the older the seeds are. Increase your success rate by starting multiple seeds at once!
- Don’t put all your eggs acorns in the same basket! While you’re waiting on one type of seed to germinate, try your hand at other sorts as well and give cuttings and cacti a try too.
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There’s no shortcut to nature’s process. So sit back, relax, and watch the slow and peaceful progress your plants are making.
If you’re set on winning time, you can start by locating a germinated acorn already. In the northern hemisphere, roughly between November and April, you can search amongst the leaves at the foot of oak trees. With a bit of luck you’ll find several acorns that are already showing the first signs of sprouting, or even better, find some with a tap root already coming out. That will cut your waiting time by at least a month. If you live in a warmer climate, you might have live oak/summer oak growing around. These carry acorns far longer than their northern cousins.
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