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.

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary is an herb cultivated for its aromatic leaves. The plant is widespread in the southern part of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Macaronesia. It is the needle shaped leaves that are used as herbs.

The plant thrives in a hot, sunny environment and does not tolerate frost. It like a sandy and nutrient less soil and is quite drought resistant. At temperatures around 15-25°, it takes 3-4 weeks for the seed to germinate.

Rosemary has a strong and characteristic flavour, maybe best know from the Italian cuisine. Use it with meat or stuffing, on focaccia or pizza or even in a nice cup of tea.

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”.

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.

MARIGOLD Tagetes patula

Marigold also known as Tagetes, originates in Brazil and was brought to Europe by Portuguese seafarers. It is mainly an ornamental flower, which is excellent at attracting bees. It has attractive yellow-orange flowers and a distinctive scent.

Marigold germinates within just 7-14 days at normal room temperature. It can be sown from early spring and planted when the risk of frost is past. They are blooming throughout the summer.

The golden-red color from the petals can be used in other smart ways, as to dye materials such as wool or silk, resulting in a lovely shade of yellow. In terms of medicine, marigold is believed to have the amazing ability of heal wounds and remove warts.

SWEET PEA Lathyrus odoratus

Sweet pea is an annual climbing plant, which can reach up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) in height. The plant is native to the southern parts of Italy, but is grown worldwide because of its lovely colors and intense unique fragrance. Colors are usually in pastel shades, but you can also find white and bi-colored flowers. 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 the sweet pea is embracing love; so don’t hesitate to give a bouquet to your loved ones.

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

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.

CHILI Capsicum spp.

Hot peppers all come from the plant family Capsicum, and they are believed to originate from Bolivia in South America. They are cultivated for their spicy fruits in many colors and different levels of capsaicin, which determines the heat level (sco units). You will find three different species of hot chili pepper in our Sprout Pencils:

  • Cayenne – green to red, long, slim fruits up to 10 cm (4 inches) long. 20,000 sco.
  • Purira – small upward pointing fruits ranging from pale yellow to purple-striped, which turn orange-red at maturity. Also used for decorative purposes. 50,000 sco.
  • Habanero – Green lantern-shaped fruits that turn orange when they mature. 210,000 sco.

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 seeds to germinate at a temperature of 25-30°C (77-86 °F).

Use hot peppers to spice up your food, but use with care – some of them are really, really hot!

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SWEET PEPPER Capsicum annuum

The plant originates from the Andes in Peru. The fruits are large, angular, and extremely rich in Vitamin C. The green pepper is the unripe fruit of the pepper plant, also known as pimento or bell pepper. If you let the fruits ripen, they usually turn red.

When germinating the seeds, they like to be kept warm. They germinate within 10-20 days at a temperature of 24-30°C (75-86 °F). The pepper plant grows to a height of 1 meter (3.3 feet). They are quite bushy and require some space.

You can eat green peppers raw in salads or as an accompaniment to cheese. The red peppers have a sweeter taste and are delicious grilled with olive oil and capers; eat them raw as a snack or fried with other vegetables.

WILD STRAWBERRIES Fragaria vesca

Wild strawberry is a small herbaceous plant with edible red berries. It originates from ancient Persia and has been known since the Stone Age. The wild strawberry has smaller berries than the cultivated forms and can also be used for decorative purposes.

The plant likes to grow in shaded areas and it will grow for more seasons. It will take 2-3 weeks for the seeds to germinate at room temperature.

Modern varieties of wild strawberry are everbearing. This means that you can harvest strawberries over a very long period. Eat them right from the plant or use them as decoration on cakes or in drinks.

The symbolic meaning of strawberry is irresistible – no wonder why!

TASTY GARDEN PLANTS

Sprout Tasty Gardens are little, waterproof boxes made out of FSC-certified cardboard, with hemp mats instead of soil. All you have to do is place them in the windowsill. When you water the mat, the seeds sprout quickly, and within a few days, you can harvest your own fresh microgreens.

Sprout Tasty Gardens is the perfect urban garden that is easy for everyone to make sprout.

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SUNFLOWER Helianthus annuus

Yes. You can grow sunflowers as microgreens. The sunflower sprouts are larger than the other microgreens, and it takes a little longer for them to grow. But they are worth waiting for.

The crisp leaves have a mild flavor, rather like sunflower seeds. They taste great in any sandwich or salad, and children love them. Give them a little bunch in their lunch box for a dose of their daily vitamins.

The sunflower microgreens are ready to harvest within 10-14 days.

BROCCOLI Brassica oleracea var. italica

Broccoli is known to be one of the healthiest vegetables due to its high content of cancer-fighting substances. But some people – especially children – are not particularly fond of broccoli. Try to serve them broccoli microgreens instead. The flavor is milder and the leaves are great in salads, sandwiches, and even smoothies.

The broccoli microgreens are ready to harvest within 5-8 days.

RADISH Raphanus sativus

Radish microgreens have the most beautiful red stalks. The small leaves have just as much taste as ordinary radishes and taste wonderful with any kind of cheese.

Use radish microgreens in green salads – they add both flavor and a fresh, crisp taste. Or try them on new potatoes with a touch of mayonnaise.

Radish microgreens are ready to harvest within 5-8 days after sowing. They might develop small white hairs on the bottom of the stalk, near the seed. This is quite normal and harmless.

CRESS Lepidium sativum

Have you already tried to grow cress on your windowsill? Or maybe your child has tried to grow cress in kindergarten? Cress is incredibly easy to germinate and tastes great with its slightly spicy, peppery taste.

This microgreen is perfect on an egg-and-tomato sandwich or any cold dish. You can also use cress in salads, Vietnamese spring rolls, or on an omelet.

You can harvest cress within 5-8 days

BASIL Ocimum basilicum

Do you also love the scent and taste of fresh basil? You will discover that the taste of basil microgreens is much more intense than that of the leaves on the mature plant. Use them with tomatoes, pasta, eggs, or in pesto. You can also garnish your hot dishes or sandwiches with basil microgreens.

Basil microgreens are ready to harvest within 10-14 days after sowing.

SPROUT PAPER

 Sprout Paper are made from plantable paper. Send a greeting that keeps on giving. Sprout seed paper is a special kind of handmade, recycled paper containing flower seeds. Instead of throwing it away, plant it.

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BLACK-EYED-SUSAN Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susans are native to the eastern and northern parts of America.

The bright yellow flowers with its black centre are the reason for the plants common name. It grows to a height of 50-100 cm and flowers from late summer.

The plant is easy to grow and is an old traditional medical plant used against e.g. inflammatory diseases, influenza and snake bites.

SWEET ALYSSUM Lobularia maritima

Sweet Alyssum are native to the Mediterranean countries. It likes to grow in sandy soils and will flower until the frost kill it.

It is a small plant getting about 5-30 cm in height and has small white flowers in dense clusters. Alyssum is good at attracting insects as they pollinated the flowers.