Learning Download: How to Grow Microgreens

From Seed to Harvest: A guide to growing microgreens.

Microgreens are a quick, delicate and nutrient crop that can be added to salads or eaten fresh. Microgreens are useful as they require little space, time and expertise to grow. Microgreens are similar to sprouts, although only the delicate greens are eaten and no the  germinated seeds.

To plant:

Microgreens can be grown outdoors in a garden in some shade or on a windowsill. For a windowsill, grow the microgreens in a container with an inch of potting soil. Sprinkle the seeds in the container and cover with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the surface with a mister.

To grow:

Microgreens need 4 hours of sunlight a day. Once sprouts appear, usually within a week, use a mister to dampen the soil twice daily. If greens are leggy and pale, they are not receiving enough sunlight. If the microgreens don’t receive enough light, a grow light with a low-hear output may help.

To harvest:

Microgreens are ready to harvest usually two to three weeks after planting, making them a very quick crop for gardeners. Harvest when you see the first set of real leaves. Once leaves appear, snip the microgreens just above the soil line. Serve immediately for the best flavor.

What microgreens crave:

Since microgreens are harvested very young, fertilization is not needed throughout growth, but gardeners can mix granular fertilizer in with the soil prior to planting.

Where to buy microgreen seeds:

You can find different types of microgreens, from radish to beet microgreens at Urban Farmer.

Learning Download: Microgreens Comparison Chart

Microgreens Comparison Chart

Variety Days to Harvest Description Flavor
Dark Opal Basil 20-30 Days Green and purple leaves with purple stems Zesty basil flavor
Large Leaf Italian Basil 20-30 Days Light green leaves and stems Strong aromatic basil flavor
Bull’s Blood Beet 15-30 Days Green leaves with red stems Crunchy with a hint of beet flavor
Early Wonder Beet 20-30 Days Light green leaves with purple stems Slightly bitter with a hint of a sweet beet taste
Bok Choy Cabbage 20-30 Days Light green leaves and stems Crisp flesh and cabbage-like flavor
Georgia Southern Collard 20-30 Days Green spoon-shaped leaves and green stems Crunchy flesh with a slightly bitter to sweet after-taste
Bouquet Dill 15-30 Days Feathery green leaves and green stems Zesty dill and carrot-like flavor
Florence Fennel 20-30 Days Feathery light green leaves and light green stems Mild fennel flavor
Tendergreen Mustard 15-25 Days Lofty light green leaves with light green stems Slightly bitter mustard green taste
Hong Vit Radish 15-30 Days Lofty green leaves with purple stems Crunchy and spicy radish taste
Minowase Daikon Radish 10-15 Days Lofty light green leaves with light green stems Spicy pepper taste