Sprout: a pencil with a seed

What if instead of throwing your pencil stubs away you could plant them and have them grow into something delicious, beautiful, and fun? What if pencils could grow? Sprout is a pencil with a seed inside. When it's too short to use, it can be planted at home, at the office, or in the classroom. Sprout comes in a variety of great flavors, including plants, herbs, and vegetables.

Writing with Sprout
We designed Sprout around a high quality Ticonderoga (sustainably harvested) cedar pencil body. It's a great writing experience. And it smells really nice too. Sprout is a joy to write with. Your words and ideas literally blossom! Sprout doesn't have an eraser because we don't believe in making mistakes. We've never been happy with the stock erasers on pencils, they tend to be too small and low quality. We want every part of using Sprout to be awesome, so instead of sacrificing overall quality (and adding cost and complexity) by grafting on an eraser, we scrapped it entirely. Putting an eraser in it would have been a mistake. There's a lot of good "external" erasers out there, we're happy to make some recommendations. And who knows, we may be putting seeds in them too soon enough.

Planting Sprout
When Sprout is too short to use, it can be planted to grow into a wonderful flower, herb, or vegetable. The seed capsule is water activated. The first few times you water Sprout activates the capsule and starts the seed's germination. The pencil shaft can be kept in the soil as a helpful labeled planting marker or it can be removed. We've planted dozens of Sprouts and have found that they usually sprout in around a week. Plant Sprout tip-side up, when ready to plant, gently press Sprout into the soil, tip-side up. Push it in up to the edge of the green cap. We recommend planting Sprout in a warm place with plenty of sunlight.

Add water, sunlight, and love
Water your Sprout regularly and make sure it gets plenty of sunlight. The first few times you water Sprout will dissolve the seed capsule and start the seed germination. You can then remove the pencil shaft or leave it in the ground as a helpful planting marker. Most Sprouts will sprout in 5-10 days. We include at least two seeds in every Sprout to increase the chances of sprouting.

Sprout was designed by Democratech at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Sprout is made with pride in the USA.