Micro-greens are among the easiest plants to grow. Growing from seeds might be new and different but once you get hang of it you'll be hooked!
Supplies you'll need:
Wash tray with a bleach solution. Make sure your grower tray is clean, clean, clean.
1. Position Grow Mat on bottom of grower tray. Our Grow Mats are designed to fit a 22" x 11" Grower Tray. If your tray is a different size simply cut the mat with a scissors to fit the tray.
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2. Saturate Grow Mat. Pour warm water over pad until it is floating in about 1/2" of water. Let mat sit in water until saturated - several hours or overnight. Mat will turn darker once saturated. Nutrients or rooting solution are not necessary.
3. Grow mat should be moist - but not standing in water - for planting. Pour out excess water at the sink.
Start by growing one type of seed in each container.
Rinse seeds thoroughly. Some seeds require soaking before planting.
Always read the seed packet for special instructions.
Spread seeds evenly over mat. Don't be skimpy! Seeds should be almost touching each other. It doesn't have to be perfect - and it won't be - but you want good coverage.
Seeds will sprout in 5-8 days. When plant has grown 2-3 leaves - usually about a week after they sprout - it's time to harvest. This is when micro greens have their best flavor. Wait too long and plants turn bitter to taste.
Grow mats should be moist but not floating in water. They absorb water from the bottom of the tray and distribute it to the seedlings gently and evenly. Their unique fiber construction promotes air movement around the roots which prevents disease.
Pour clear water in one end of the tray. (Micro-greens do not need nutrients.) Tilt the tray so the water moves to the opposite end of the tray. Add enough water to thoroughly saturate the Grow Mat - but it shouldn't be floating. Pour off excess water if necessary.
Frequency of watering will depend on light and temperature in the growing area.
As the seedlings mature, the Grow Mats provide an even balance of air and water at the roots, promoting helathy root growth. Healthy roots mean robust plants that are loaded with flavor and nutrition..
Grower Tip: It's not unusual to find mold on new seedlings. Mold isn't a problem if you take immediate action.
When the first 2 leaves appear your plants are mature (already!). This can be anywhere from 7 to 21 days after planting - depending on type of plant.
Of course, the freshest tasting microgreen are plants that are consumed directly from their grower trays. Microgreens start to loose their flavor and turn bitter if they're not harvested within several days of maturing however.
Harvest your microgreens when they are dry so don't mist them before harvesting.
There are 2 ways to harvest micro greens: 1) snipping greens with a scissors just above the mat or 2) gently pulling entire plant from grow mat.
Pulling plants from the mat adds the roots to the harvest. Roots are edible and they add crunch and flavor.
Microgreens stay fresh longer if you keep them dry after harvesting. For storing, line a plastic bag with paper towels to absorb moisture. Insert micorgreens between paper towels to keep them as dry as possible. Store in refrigerator. Micro-greens can be stored in the refigerator for up to a week.
Wash before eating - not before storing.
Wash greens with clear water at the sink and dry with a paper towel or a salad spinner before using.