Microgreens Grow Kit Frequently Asked Questions

MICROGREENS GARDEN KITS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Troubleshooting Questions

What do I do if my seeds aren’t germinating?
What is the white growth in my soil?

Growth and Care Questions

How much light do my microgreens need to grow?
Where should I put my microgreen tray to grow best?
How much water do I add to my microgreens? And how often?
How long will it take for my microgreens to grow?

Component-related Questions

What is the grow tray made of and how is it waterproof?
What is the soil disc made of and how do you get it so small?
Why did you pick the seed varieties included in my grow kit?

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    Troubleshooting Questions

    What do I do if my seeds aren’t germinating?

    Microgreen seeds germinate best in soil kept consistently moist throughout the first few days after planting at an ideal temperature of 70°F. Your germination lid helps maintain soil moisture and increase humidity to give your seeds the best chance to grow. If you haven’t seen adequate germination within 3 days of planting, check your soil moisture and add more water to your tray if it is too dry. If you continue experiencing germination issues, please reach out to our team and we’ll help you get growing!

    What is the white growth in my soil?

    This is a question we get often, and the vast majority of the time what you are seeing are the microgreen roots! Our microgreens have bright white roots that have fine silky fibers (called root ‘hairs’). Sometimes during growth in small containers like your grow tray, roots and root hairs can be visible above the soil. Don’t worry - this is a sign that roots are growing strong and will support healthy microgreen growth! If you’re concerned, send us a pic of your tray and we’ll be happy to take a look!

    These silky white fibers are in fact your microgreen roots!

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    Growth and Care Questions

    How much light do my microgreens need to grow?

    Microgreens are very young plants, so for their ~10 days of growing they only need a moderate amount of light to give them rich color and an abundance of nutrients! We recommend finding a space for your tray that receives day-long indirect light or a few hours of direct light. Note that watering levels will vary based on temperature and amount of sunlight, so monitor your microgreens carefully and adjust lighting and/or water accordingly.

    Where should I put my microgreen tray to grow best?

    Microgreens will grow best at moderate temperatures (65-75°F) and with either day-long indirect light or a few hours of direct light. Find a spot in your home that will provide these conditions.

    Pro Tip: place your tray in a location where you’ll see it every day! This will remind you to add water and you’ll be able to see just how quickly your microgreens will be ready to harvest!

    How much water do I add to my microgreens? And how often?

    In general, microgreens will grow well in damp but not over-saturated soil. Seeds prefer a more moist environment during germination. We recommend the following watering guidelines:

    • Day 1: after expanding your soil disc with ? cup of water, plant your seeds and add 3 Tbsp more water on top to fully saturate the soil for germination.
    • Day 2: no water needed while your tray is covered and seeds are germinating.
    • Days 3-6: add 3-5 Tbsp daily. Watering levels can vary based on temperature and amount of sunlight, so if you notice your soil is drying out add an extra 1-2 Tbsp per day.
    • Days 7- 10: Your microgreens should be ready to harvest during these days! While waiting to harvest or if you are harvesting little by little, continue to add 3-5 Tbsp of water per day until all microgreens have been harvested.

    How long will it take for my microgreens to grow?

    Your microgreens should be ready to harvest between day 7 and day 10 after planting. Greens will have grown several inches above the lip of the tray, though seedling height will vary based on lighting and soil conditions during growth.

    Microgreens can be harvested and eaten at any point once they’ve grown above the soil. Be sure to harvest all your greens by Day 10, as they can begin to lose their fresh flavor much beyond this time.

    Component-related Questions

    What is the grow tray made of and how is it waterproof?

    Our grow trays are made of 100% recycled cardboard plus a proprietary bio-based additive that helps the paper repel moisture so the tray doesn’t leak. The additive is 100% natural - think of it as “plugging the tiny holes” in the surface of the cardboard that usually allow water to penetrate and leak through it. The tray material is certified compostable in both commercial and home composting facilities.

    What is the soil disc made of and how do you get it so small?

    The soil disc is made from 100% coconut coir. Coir is the fibrous husk on the outside of coconuts, and it’s one of the most common grow media for gardeners all around the world! These discs are made by compacting coir together as it dries, so it takes up very little space and is very light. When you add water to rehydrate the coconut coir, it expands back to full size!

    Why did you pick the seed varieties included in my grow kit?

    We selected these specific varieties and mixes with two main factors in mind:

    • Reliable Growth we wanted microgreen varieties in the same mix to require the same light and soil conditions, as well as grow at the same pace so they can be harvested all together!
    • Taste Profile varieties were chosen to complement one another and build flavors that could be incorporated into a wide variety of meals.

    Have a question that’s not answered here? Reach out to our knowledgeable customer service team and they’ll be happy to help you out!

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