Introduction: Lentil and Chickpea Nativity Plants

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This is a Christmas tradition that we have for generations now.

On December 1st we plant lentils, Chickpeas, beans and wheat in small pots lined with cotton. And by December 24 they grow to about 6 inches long and we place them in front of the nativity scene under the Christmas tree symbolizing life and growth.

How to plant them

Take any container brick, plastic ceramic etc... and line it with cotton, wet the cotton with water and spread the grains on top of the cotton.

Within a week they will sprout, and by the third week they will be about 6 inches long.

Make sure to wet the plants every morning.

Place them under the Christmas tree on December 24th and keep them for as long as the tree is up.

Merry Christmas to all.


mchau2 (author)2015-12-29

i did that as a child too!! with red kidney beans though...

Thejesterqueen (author)2015-12-28

I really like this idea. I think traditions are what keep families close. What do you do with them after you take the tree down? b.t.w., Thank you for sharing this.

You are absolutely correct, traditions is what makes the family :)

The plant usually grows too long by the new year, I transfer them to a bigger pot but here in Canada we don't get enough sun during the day, so they usually die some time in mid January.

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