How to Grow Popcorn Shoots
Place the popcorn in a brightly lit window and wait. Check the container every day to ensure that the seeds are still moist. If needed, water the shoots by misting with fresh water. If mold starts to develop, just leave the lid off for a day. This will allow the surface of the seed starting mix to dry out a little. If your house stays dry during the winter, mold should not be an issue. If the lid is not fitted tight to the container, the shoots will lift the plastic lid up as they grow. It will take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to reach harvest. The popcorn shoots are ready to harvest when they are 2 to 4 inches long.
Growers Note: An option for blanched shoots would be to cover the lid with a cloth. Some folks like yellow blanched shoots.
From the pictures, you will notice that the seed germination rate is different. Some shoots will take longer to reach the desired length, which provides a longer harvest. For reference, this picture was taken seven days after planting.
To harvest your popcorn shoots, simply cut each shoot as far down the stalk as possible. Once picked, if you do not use the shoots immediately, dry off any water and wrap them before placing in a container the vegetable crisper.
Enjoy your crisp fresh greens!
P_c29457365 on Jul 12, 2018
Yes, will definitely try this. I used to do sprouting during my first winters in Md. Having come from California over four decades ago, we were used to a wonderful fix of greens that Maryland either didn’t have that often or they were greens that appeared as though they had “walked” from Florida or California.
Fresh bean sprouts were a wonderfull alternative to the tasteless or not-green greens throughout the late fall and winter months. Furthermore, we knew they were giving us far more nutrition.