When you finely grind your number two pencil down to nothing, what do you do with it? Well, what does everybody do with it – throw it in the trash right?
At Sprouts World they have created a useful solution to combat this waste.
Their pencils have a water activated seed capsule which can be planted when it becomes too short to use. What was once a writing utensil soon grows into an herb.
Press the green end into the soil, covering only the capsule. Ensure that you plant Sprout in a location where it will receive plenty of sunlight. Water your Sprout in order to activate the seed capsule and begin the seed germination. Continue to water every day so that the soil stays moist. If there is still a pencil stub left over, it can be used as a helpful plant label or it can be removed.
They have planted hundreds of Sprout Pencils and found that they usually germinate in about two weeks. They encourage storing Sprout in a cool, dry place until planting time. For best results, plant Sprout by its first birthday and follow gardening best practices.