The consumption of sprouts and micro-greens with high vitamin content that you grow yourself in the kitchen is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Get into a new challenge and show others that you are the most skillful hobby grower in the area!
How can you grow sprouts and microgreens home, inside your apartment? You can choose from several options, read the article for details.
Nowadays, more and more people are living and eating consciously, so the need for fresh and chemical-free home-grown vegetables is rising. From this movement, the cultivation of sprouts and microgreens is raising, while more tools and accessories being manufactured and many articles shared in the subject. The enormous advantage of microgreens that they can be grown easily at home so you can get a great source of vitamins and delicious food. Cultivation of micro greens is not a complicated task at all, but you need to pay attention to a few things for the successful harvest. Growing sprouts is a simple and cheap process, as you usually need seeds, water and a sprouting dish. To grow microgreens you will need grow media, light source, nutrients, (professionals use temperature and humidity control and pH and EC meter tools).
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Germination is the first life cycle of the plant when the seed comes to life. For germination we recommend the Rédei Kertimag Bio seeds, such as wheat, sunflower, mustard, onion, red cabbage, broccoli, radish and so on.
For the successful germination, four factors should be kept in mind:
- dark, light-free environment
- hot temperature
- good quality seeds
The ability of the seeds to germinate depends largely on the genetics of the plant and the ideal environmental factors. If you buy high quality seeds from reliable sources (example Rédei Kertimag bio seeds), you can be sure that you eat healthy and bio vegetables. You can further increase the germination ability of the seeds by first placing them in a glass of water for 4 to 8 hours to allow the seeds to absorb the water. For germination, a warm temperature of 20-25 degrees Celsius recommended in a completely dark room while keeping the grow media wet.
The best and easiest way to germinate if you use the Rédei Kertimag sprouting bowl!
The use of the sprouting bowl is very simple, with the following steps you can make sure that the sprouts grow properly. We recommend to use purified water (RO), rainwater or tap water (which you allowed to stand for 24 hours to make the chlorine evaporate) for the grow process.
How do you sprout the seeds?
1., Place 1-1.5 tablespoons of seeds into the sprouting bowl, put back the bowl top and rinse it.
2., Leave as much water in the bowl to cover the seeds abundantly and let it stand for 4-8 hours, then pour out the water.
3., Rinse the seeds with fresh water 1-2 times a day, and make sure that the excess water has discarded after irrigation, as stagnant water causes mold and rot.
4., Depending on the seed variety, the sprouts are ready after 4 to 8 days and can be consumed immediately after rinsing.
Cultivation of microgreens (micro-vegetables)
There are more conditions have to meet for cultivating microgreens than for germination, but we also discuss them in order to help you start cultivating with the right knowledge and confidence. The microgreens are plants in the post-germination phase which require other environmental conditions than sprouts. It is also important to emphasize that you should buy seeds from reliable source, because that is how you can be sure that you consume bio-organic, chemical-free vegetables!
What do you need for successful microgreen cultivation?
- Growing pot or propagator
- Grow media: soil, coconut, grow mat
- plant nutrient
- Optimum temperature and humidity
- Required amount and quality of sunlight or plant illumination
The cultivation of micro-vegetables begins with the sprouting mentioned above. Seeds should be dispersed on the growing medium at the density recommended by the manufacturer to allow the proper development of microgreens. It is important to have good water retention and good ventilation when selecting the growing medium.
If you like to use soil, then we recommend the,
– Florimo seedling and planting soil,
– or the use of Florimo spice and herb soil as these soils are made with a loose structure and a well ventilated composition.
If you like to grow on coconut, you can choose coconut soil
– We recommend using Atami B’ounce coconut bricks.
We recommend the sowing at approx. 5 cm in depth, which should be covered with a thin layer of soil.
You can choose from premium quality planting pads (grow mat), at Playgrowned, such as
– Quickplug Biostrate (Available soon)
– Quickplug Puregrown (Available soon)
In the case of using planting pads (grow mat), the seeds do not need to be covered with anything but evenly distributed on the surface. It is important not to sow the seeds too often because the plants suppress each other and cannot develop properly.
After the seeds have germinated and enter the seedling cycle, they need light, high humidity and nutrient supply.
Accessories for microgreen cultivation
You can use the following grow lights to illuminate the seedlings:
- Growspec Slimspec Plant Growing LED Lamp 20W-30W-40W-50W
- SANlight Flex Plant Growing LED Lamp 10W-20W
- Secret Jardin Tneon CFL Cultivator CFL lamp 2x55W
- Kind LED X series LED Plant Lamp
For the development of seedlings, 16-18 hours of daylight is required, for which accurate timing is recommended.
You can easily create the conditions for development in a mini greenhouse, also known as a propagator, or in a plant tent. The seedlings require a temperature of 24 to 28 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 60 to 80%, which you can properly develop and maintain in the propagator. In our product range you will find a simpler plastic propagator, as well as a more expensive heated design, such as Nutriculture X-Stream Heat heated propagator.
You can easily check the temperature and humidity of the mini greenhouse with a Cornwall Eletronics digital thermometer.
For the cultivation of microgreens, nutrients are needed, which is recommended by the manufacturer for the selected growing medium. In the first week, the use of a 50% diluted solution is recommended, and from the second week onwards, the amount recommended by the manufacturer should be added to the irrigation water. In order for the plant to be able to utilize the nutrients properly, it is necessary to calibrate the pH of the nutrient solution, which requires a pH meter, which can also be found in our webshop.
You can adjust the ventilation with the small windows at the top of the propagator. Depending on the type of plant, the micro-greens can be grown in 8-16 days.
I hope you will find the pleasure of cultivating your own microgreens, and wish you success and amazing yields!
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More articles about indoor growing:
- Hydroponic systems comparison
- Grow LED lamp comparison
- Grow tent comparison
- Plant nutrient deficiencies
- Correct plant irrigation, premium plant fertilisers
- Coconut, the ideal growing medium
- Temperature, Humidity, Co2 and environment control in the grow room
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