Welcome! this page contains pictures to help you succeed with your microgreen kits as well as a copy of the instructions.
Step by Step instructions
1. Pre-moisten the growing medium before you fill the trays. Do this by adding a small amount of water and hand mixing it into the medium. You want it to be damp but not soaking wet, so that it just holds together when you gently press it into a ball in your hand.
Add ¼ of the medium to each tray and gently pat it down so that you have a very even and level surface for the seeds to sit on. Try not to compact the medium any more than you need to.
2. Some of your seeds should be soaked overnight before planting. Sunflower seeds and peas should be rinsed in clean water and then soaked for approx. 8-12 hours. Use a large container and plenty of water as they will expand quite a bit as they absorb water. Give them another rinse just before planting.
2.1 Each seed packet contains the correct amount of seeds for one growing tray. Simply scatter the seeds as evenly as possible over the growing medium. They will be fairly dense which is exactly what you want. Do not cover them with soil, they will grow best if they are left on top of the medium. At this point you can give them a gentle mist with water but be careful not to make the trays too wet or to wash the seeds out to the sides with the flow of water. You want the seeds to stay evenly spaced.
Set the trays on a plate or cookie tray etc to catch any water that comes through the bottom holes.
3. At this point you will need to cover the trays in order to give your microgreen seeds a Blackout Period so that they can sprout in darkness. If you are not growing all of your trays at once it is quite easy to use a second tray on top of the seeds in a nesting fashion with some weight on top!
4. If planting day is considered Day 1, then they should be ready to be uncovered and put into light by about Day four. Choose a bright spot with as much direct light as possible, such as a sunny window sill.
Note: Many of the micro seeds grow little Root Hairs when they are sprouting and these can be easily confused with mould. These are a normal part of the growth and not to be worried about.
Pro tip: Cover sunflowers with inverted tray for one additional day to help loosen hulls
Pea shoots around day four, just uncovered and ready to be put under lights or in the windowsill
Sunflower on day four, just uncovered
What the different varieties look like on day six.
Clockwise from 3 O'clock...
Ready To harvest
Broccoli ready to harvest, approximately day 9-10
Radishes ready to harvest around day 8-9
Pea shoots ready to harvest, approximately day 8-9
Sunflowers are ready to harvest, approximately day 9-10 NOTE: they are best harvested at the cotyledon leaf stage, before any true leaves develop
Growing in a windowsill
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