Hi. I posted a review on the iPlant Garden Sprouter a while back. Recently someone asked questions about the screens, how to clean, grow etc. So here is a post just about that. As many of you know, I am learning a vegan diet based upon the Hippocrates Health Institute training I am currently taking, which advocates 50% of your meals be sprouts. So I am learning best ways and am serious about growing them the best and easiest way possible.
Before you put any sprouts in your iplant, soak them over night. This will help them germinate and grow faster. Fill your iPlant water area between the min and max line and check it every day. You can even mix about 1/4 tsp of baking soda into the water container which will help ward off any mold build up. At least every 24 hours, the water should be changed out. Use the old water to hydrate your garden patio or house plants, it’s great for that!
I have been sprouting daily since March using a double decker iPlant and my screens are still in good shape. I have also been careful with them. To clean them (and its ok to eat the roots too on the smaller sprouts) I gently pull all the sprouts at harvest (about 7 days) and then I use the spray nozzle in my kitchen sink faucet along with a soft veggie scrubber or nail scrubber, to gently get all the remaining sprout material off the screen. The screens will naturally darken a bit from the bright white and when they do, I soak them in hot water with a bit of bleach, couple of tablespoons of bleach to enough water to completely submerge the trays and I leave them to soak a while.
Now, as I am in very heavy rotation, I have also ordered extra trays, too. You will want to thoroughly clean your iPlant machine after each use but I will admit I typically just wipe mine down well with a complete cleaning once a month.
As we take this journey together, I am here for you so feel free to reach out with any compliments or questions you have please. 🙂 Namaste.