how to grow mung bean sprouts cheap and easy

How to grow mung bean sprouts cheap and easy, growing mung bean sprouts in a container.

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mung bean flower in how to grow mung bean sprouts I was looking for a replacement of the candy and sweet stuff I was eating in the evening. Although mung beans have a totally different taste, I really like mung bean sprouts. They have a really good crunch and they taste delicious.

Mung bean sprouts should be much more healthy than candy and chocolate so I think it’s a good choice.

So I started looking for a cheap and easy way to grow mung bean sprouts and I found it.

medium or not?

mung beans in how to grow mung bean sproutsI had already experimented with sprouts but it seemed too much of a hassle cutting of the sprouts because they were growing in a medium.

That problem is now solved and it has a double upside, I don’t have to cut the sprouts to harvest them AND I get to eat more of the sprout because the root can be eaten as well.

How to grow mung bean sprouts without soil?

Take a plastic container without draining holes. Something like an ice cream container would do fine. Fill the bottom with mung beans. Use something measurable to be sure you have enough and not too many mung beans.

Make sure you measure only half of the quantity you want in the end. Mung beans tend to plump up due to the water uptake. The beans can double in size.

Submerged beans

Fill the container with water so the mung beans are submerged.

Let the mung beans soak in the water for about 12 to 24 hours. I personally let them soak for 24 hours.

Spread the beans out

how to grow mung bean sprouts sproutsAfter the above-mentioned period, take a plastic container with small holes in it. I drilled 3mm holes in my containers, that’s about 1/8th of an inch.

Now pour the whole content in the containers with small holes in it and let the water drain.

I personally make sure that the mung beans are spread evenly and they don’t sit on top of each other. It is possible though to layer them thicker.

Make it dark

Put some aluminum foil on top of the container so the sprouts can grow in total darkness.  It doesn’t have to be aluminum foil as long as it keeps the sprouts in total darkness. If the seeds get some light, they will turn green.

Water daily

From that moment on I just fill the container with water every morning and every evening and let the water drain out of the container immediately but slowly. I just let the holes do their work.

The beans are getting watered every morning and evening and in between, there are only the water droplets that stick to the beans for 12 hours at a time. Of course, the covering of the beans helps to keep the beans from drying out.

Put these containers in room temperature and repeat the process every morning and every evening for about 7 days. After 7 days of watering the beans, you have nice fresh mung bean sprouts.

Personally, I start up one container a day so I have mung beans every day and they are just delicious.


By now, you should know how to grow mung bean sprouts without any soil.The system I explained is really easy and will result in fresh mung bean sprouts in 7 days when kept at room temperature. If you’re stil hesitant, feel free to contact me.

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