OUR PLANTS

Our products come in various seed varieties, which provide you with the possibility of growing your own garden with different kinds of flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits. You can read more about all of our plant types below.

PENCIL PLANTS

The Sprout Pencil is the first plantable sustainable pencil in the world. The pencil has been given a dual function by replacing the eraser with a special seed capsule. Delicious fresh herbs, crispy vegetables, or edible flowers, grow out of the pencil.

Here you can read more about what kind of plants you can grow with our Sprout Pencil.

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BASIL Ocimum basilicum

Basil is an herb cultivated for its aromatic leaves. The plant originates from the East, but it is now grown all over the world. There are many different species, each with its own taste. The Sprout variety is sweet basil.

The plant thrives in a hot, sunny environment and does not tolerate frost. It can be grown indoors most of the year or in a greenhouse when it is in season. It takes 10-20 days for the seed to germinate at a temperature of 15-25°C (59-77 °F)

Basil is one of our most widely used herbs. Use it in homemade pesto, pasta and tomato recipes, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Basil is particularly good in combination with tomato; try for example the famous insalata Caprese, made with sun-ripened tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and fruity olive oil.

CILANTRO Coriandrum sativum

Cilantro or coriander is an herb grown for both its seeds and leaves; some even eat the roots. Cilantro grows wild in Asia and North Africa.

The plant thrives in a hot, sunny environment and does not tolerate frost. At a temperature of 10-25°C (50-77 °F), it takes 15-20 days for the seeds to germinate. The plant grows to a height of about 50 cm (20 inches).

Cilantro is one of the most versatile herbs, adding a distinctive flavor to your cooking. It is widely used in Asian food, particularly in fish, rice, and chicken dishes, but can also be used as a green garnish for open sandwiches, soups, salsas, casseroles, salads, vegetables, and eggs. In hot dishes, do not add cilantro until the last moment, or the flavor will disappear.

LEMON BALM Melissa Officinalis

Lemon balm is an herb cultivated for its aromatic leaves. The plant is native to Europe, central Asia and Iran, but is now grown all over the world.  

The plant thrives in a hot, sunny environment. When you sow the seeds, it is very important not to sow them too deep as this can reduce germination. At a temperature of 20-25°, it takes 10-20 days for the seed to germinate.

Lemon balm spreads vegetative, as well as by seed. In mild temperate zones, the stems of the plant die back in winter but will come back in spring. Lemon balm grows vigorously, so keep it in pots to avoid spreading in unwanted places.

Lemon balm gives a fresh taste of lemon and it is very nice in ice cream, desserts and as herbal tea.

MINT Menthe piperita

Mint is an herb originating from the southern part of Europe or the Far East. There are countless species of this plant, including classic peppermint and spearmint, as well as more exotic varieties such as kiwi mint. Sprout pencils contain peppermint.

Mint takes about 3 weeks to germinate at room temperature. It likes to grow in moist places and can grow both in sunny and partly shaded areas. It grows to a height of 30-40 cm (12-16 inches).

In Mediterranean countries, the plant is treasured as an accompaniment to lamb, and it is frequently used in fruit and vegetable salads. You can add mint to a myriad of recipes and drinks, including desserts and cheese boards, peas, carrots, Asian recipes, ice cream, tea, and cocktails.

SUNFLOWER Helianthus annuus

People grow sunflowers both for their beautiful, yellow flowers and for their delicious seeds. The plant originates from South America, but today sunflowers are grown in many parts of the world.

The plant thrives in a hot, sunny environment and does not tolerate frost. The germination time for sunflowers is 7-14 days at 15-20°C (59-68 °F). It takes about 3-4 months for the sunflower to become fully developed and it can reach a height of 1.5 meters (5 feet).

Sunflowers are beautiful ornamental plants. Pick them in the morning for a bouquet or just leave them to bloom outdoors. Once the flowers have faded, keep the flower heads in a dry place and use them as winter food for birds. You can also save the seeds and sow them in the spring.

SAGE Salvia officinalis

Sage, also known as salvia, is native to the northern Mediterranean coast. It is a subshrub with attractive silvery-grey leaves. It is also the leaves that are used as an herb.

Sage germinates after 20-25 days at room temperature. It can grow to a height of 60-80 cm (23-31 inches) and favors a dry, sunny place. It is a perennial and can overwinter outdoors. You can harvest from the plant in mild winters.

The Italians love using sage with veal, for example saltimbocca, while the French use it for salted meats, sausages, and pork dishes. In the USA and England, people associate the herb with turkey and stuffing.

Sage is best when cooked; the raw leaves are not so tasty.

THYME Thymus vulgaris

Thyme is widespread in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. There are more than 350 varieties, all with different flavors. Common thyme is the most widespread and is the variety in the Sprout pencil.

Thyme germinates within 15-20 days at room temperature. The plant grows to a height of 20-40 cm (10-16 inches) and thrives in any type of well-drained soil. The plant can overwinter and returns year after year.

This wonderful herb also works well with many other herbs, such as rosemary, parsley, sage, and oregano. It is also the primary component in the spice mixture known as Caribbean Jerk.

The unique flavor of thyme means it is suitable for most meat, fish, and vegetables. Thyme is also used for pickling and in teas.

CALENDULA Calendula officinalis

Beautiful yellow and orange calendulas brighten up many gardens in Europe and the Middle East. Most people regard the calendula as an ornamental flower, but you can easily eat the delicious petals, which have a slightly peppery taste.

Calendula germinates within 10 days at a temperature of 10-15°C (50-59 °F). The plant thrives in full sunshine and blooms well into the autumn.

Historically, the calendula has been used for medicinal purposes. It is considered to be anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and blood purifying. The petals can also be used for skin care, for example as an ingredient in lotions.

The flowers are beautiful in bouquets. Use the petals in salads or baked goods, adding an enticing color, or as topping on sliced fruit.

FORGET-ME-NOT Myosotis sylvatica

Forget-me-not is a distinctive plant with beautiful, ice blue flowers. The plant is widespread in many parts of the world. Blue is the color of fidelity, which is probably why it has been used as a gift between lovers.

It takes 2-3 weeks for the forget-me-not to germinate at a temperature of 15-20°C (59-68 °F). It takes 6-8 months before the plant blooms.

The plant grows to a height of 15-35 cm (6-13 inches) and can be grown in pots or planted out in the garden. It is a hardy plant that thrives in all types of soil and can grow in both sun and shade.

The attractive flowers are edible, but are generally used for decorative purposes, such as for cake decoration.

LAVENDER Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender is a common country garden plant. It has silver-grey leaves, mauve-blue flowers, and a wonderful fragrance. The discrete colors make it a good companion to other plants.

Lavender is a Mediterranean native, where it grows in warm areas with poor soil. The plant likes it warm and sunny. Sow the seeds indoor in early spring or outdoor in May. It will take 7-10 days for the seeds to germinate at room temperature. The plant will bloom about 4 months after germination.

Lavender is also known for its essential oils used in perfume, soap, and lotion. The flowers can be used in baking or for decoration, and lavender is also an ingredient in the French spice mix “herbes de Provence”.

CHERRY TOMATO Lycopersicon esculentum

Cherry tomatoes originate from the Andes in Peru, where wild varieties can be found climbing the trees. With its small, fine, red berries, the cherry tomato is a refined version of the ordinary tomato.

Sowing cherry tomatoes in the spring months achieves the best results. The seeds germinate within 5-10 days at room temperature. Cherry tomatoes grow tall very quickly, so it is a good idea to tie the plant carefully to a stick. The cherry tomato plant can grow quite large, so you must transplant it to a larger pot as it grows.

The cherry tomato is sweet, tasty, and very easy to use. Eat them warm on a sunny day direct from the plant, put some in your lunch box, or add them to a delicious salad.

RED FLAX Linum grandiflorum

Red flax is grown for its beautiful red flowers and because it is a good bee plant. The plant originates from North Africa, giving the plant the ability of growing under hot and dry conditions. The plant thrives in a sunny environment.
Sow in spring either outdoor when the frost is over, or pregerminate the seeds indoor and move them outdoor later. Handle the seedlings with care, they don’t like to be moved. The seeds will germinate within 1-3 weeks.
The bright red flowers with its blue stamens are very good to attract various kind of pollinators such as bees. Each flower last only shortly, but new ones will keep coming. Flax has very long fibres in the stem used for the production of linen and the seeds are used for baking and
pressing of oil.

 

OREGANO Origanum vulgare

Oregano is also known as pizza herb and is closely related to marjoram. The flowers and top leaves are most delicate to use for cooking. It is native to the Mediterranean region and grows in temperate zones on sandy steppes.

The plant thrives in a hot, sunny environment. Don’t sow the seeds too deep, as the seeds need light to germinate. Germination will occur within 7-14 days at room temperature. When the plant is 10-15 cm high you can continue growing outdoors. Oregano is suited for balcony and container gardening.

Oregano is especially associated with dishes such as pizza and pasta. But you can also use the herb in soups and stews, where it will add the characteristic Italian taste. You can also dry the leaves and use them later on.

SWEET PEA Lathyrus odoratus

Sweet pea is an annual climbing plant, which can reach up to 2 metres in height. The plant is native to the southern parts of Italy, but is grown worldwide because of its lovely colours and intense unique fragrance. Colours are usually in pastel shades, but also white and bi-coloured flowers occur. In our Sprout Pencil you will find a mix of wonderful pastel shades.

The plant likes to grow in a sunny place. It will take 2-3 weeks for the seeds to germinate at room temperature. The symbolic meaning of sweet pea is embracing love; so don’t hesitate to give a bouquet to your dear ones.

NB: The plant may be slightly toxic if eaten in volume, so keep it out of the reach of children.