Organic Black Sunflower Seed (Sunflower Greens): Home Growing Instructions

Sunflower Greens are beautiful nutritious shoots with green leaves, which are grown to about 3-4 inches height. They are then suitable for harvesting and adding to salads, sandwiches, stir-fries or juices. They are a rich source of chlorophyll, an anti-oxidant, high in vegetable protein, B complex vitamins, vitamin E and minerals including potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Growing your own is the most satisfying and economical way to get fresh Sunflower Greens. We recommend you use organic compost or soil to ensure you have the best nutritious shoots.

Full Instructions:

How to grow 1 standard seed tray (33cm x 22cm) of Sunflower Greens:

  1. Soak about 150-200g of the black sunflower seeds in warm water (30ºC initially) for 12-18 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain off the water.
  3. Immerse in water again and drain straight away.
  4. Put some compost in your seed tray or growing container with drainage holes. (enough to cover the base of the tray about 2cm high). Sprinkle the soaked seed on top of the compost and spread evenly.
  5. Water, using a can with a rose.
  6. Keep at room temperature for 2-3 days, watering twice a day keeping the compost moist, as it is important to keep the seeds moist during germination, but do not over water.
  7. On the 3r or 4th day, once the seed have germinated, ensure the tray is in a light place, the brighter the better.
  8. You can slow or speed the growth of your sunflower greens by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but in colder weather you will need to keep it indoors on or near a windowsill. In hot weather it is better to protect the plants from direct sunshine.
  9. Continue to water twice a day if necessary. Do not let the shoots stand in water. Just keep the compost moist.
  10. After 10-14 days, the greens will be approx 7 – 10cm (3-4 inches) high, and will be at its optimum nutritional value, having transformed maximum light energy into chlorophyll, making the leaves a bright green. It is now ready to harvest and eat.
  11. To harvest cut a small bundle of the Sunflower Greens with a sharp knife or scissors about 1 cm above compost surface. Rinse well before use, sprinkle on salads or use in sandwiches and enjoy.

We hope that you enjoy growing your own fresh Sunflower Greens.

We sell Black Sunflower seed and other organically grown grains and seeds that you may like to try growing at home.