How Do You Grow Organic Microgreens? (Solved & Explained!)

For microgreens to be truly organic, you’ll need to find and use organic seeds, which can be easily found online. You’ll also need organic soil, which can be self-mixed or store-bought, whichever you prefer.

What materials do you need to grow microgreens indoors?

To grow microgreens inside, you’re going to need organic seeds, a shallow container or tray with a cover, a spray bottle (recommended), organic soil, a tray liner to prevent soil and seeds from falling out, and some labels if you’re growing a variety of microgreens. Grow them beside a sunny window for best results!

What do you need to grow microgreens indoors for beginners?

To successfully grow microgreens indoors, you’ll need a shallow tray with a cover, soil, and seeds. You will need sunlight, steady temperatures, and daily watering.

What do experienced microgreen growers use?

 Experienced growers will have their unique way of handling their microgreen crop, but most of them will use something to help aid the plant in the growing process. Those things may include but are not limited to heating pads, growing lights, special fertilizers, and soil mixes, or even circulatory fans. 

What fertilizer can I use on organic microgreens?

Organic fertilizer is naturally produced and contains Carbon (C) and does not contain synthetics or pesticides. Organic fertilizer has many varieties and can be made, harvested, or bought for convenience.

What options do I have for organic fertilizer for my microgreens?

Microgreens grow quickly and get most of their needed nutrients from the seed, but some growers like to use fertilizer anyway. Organic fertilizers include but are not limited to manure, compost, bone meal, and worm castings.

What are microgreens?

Microgreens are plants that are two weeks old and have their first set of new leaves after they sprout. Microgreens are set apart, not by the seed of the plant, but by the age of the plants and the harvest of them.

How do you grow microgreens?

To grow microgreens, you’ll want to spread the seeds in shallow trays or containers, cover them with your preferred organic soil and water daily, or at least regularly. The microgreens will sprout quickly and be ready to harvest in about 2-3 weeks.

What kind of seeds do you need to grow organic microgreens?

Microgreen seeds are not special seeds at all, although you can still purchase seeds specifically for growing microgreens. You can use broccoli seeds to grow broccoli microgreens because there are no special seeds required!

Is it difficult to grow microgreens?

Different microgreens have different difficulties just like mint and basil aren’t the same plant and won’t grow the same way, no two microgreens are identical. It’s best to research the microgreen in question before deciding if it’s within your gardening capabilities because some plants will require maximum attention and others will need minimal attention.

What are the easiest microgreens to grow?

Pea shoots, red stem radish, basil, and cilantro are some of the easiest microgreens to grow. However, there are lots of options, with many variations to choose from, so any gardener would be able to find something to grow within their own capabilities.

How do you plant microgreens?

Microgreens are planted in a shallow box or container, 1″ of soil spread over a mat or paper towel (prevent soil from falling through), seeds (larger seeds pre-soaked in warm water) pressed into the top layer of dirt and watered regularly. It’s important not to bury the seeds too deep because they may or may not sprout, and if they do it may take longer than expected.

How often do you water microgreens?

Microgreens should be watered daily, or on a regular schedule. This also depends on the microgreens, so researching the specific microgreen in question would yield the greatest results, but the rule of thumb is to keep the microgreens from drying out. 

How should I water my microgreens?

Microgreens need to be watered regularly, but when watering newly seeded sprouts, heavy watering can dislodge them. It’s recommended to use a spray bottle to dampen the top layer of the soil.

What makes microgreens organic?

For your microgreens to be considered truly organic, they need to sprout from organic seeds and grow in organic dirt. Organic seeds and organic dirt have only organic compounds and nothing manmade. 

What makes microgreens non-organic?

Adding pesticides, getting seeds that have come from plants exposed to pesticides or other harsh chemicals, adding man-made fertilizer or other chemically based products will all make your microgreens non-organic. Even compost with exposure to any of the aforementioned will render your crop non-organic.

How do I harvest microgreens?

To harvest microgreens, you’ll want a clean sharp knife, scissors, shears, or another way to cut the microgreen. You’ll then want to cut directly above the soil line so you get the most of the “above-ground” crop in your harvest.

How often can I harvest microgreens?

Some microgreens grow back, and some don’t, so you’ll want to harvest your microgreens when they show signs of readiness. With microgreens usually ready within 2-3 weeks, you would be able to harvest them roughly 3 weeks after you replant and up to twice a month.

How do I know it’s time to harvest my microgreens?

Microgreens are ready to harvest in as little as 2-3 weeks when they have their first set of true leaves after their two sprout leaves. They’ll sprout and you’ll see two leaves, but they’re ready to harvest when they grow two new leaves after their sprout leaves.

Do microgreens grow back after cuttings?

Some microgreens like peas, beans, and kale will grow back after cutting, but others do not. If you want a garden of microgreens that will grow back, you’ll want to do some research before choosing your crops.

After harvest, what do I do with the soil from my microgreens?

After you harvest your crop, you can turn the soil over and let the roots from the previous microgreens remain in the mix because they will eventually turn to compost. This keeps the soil organic and gives nutrients and nitrogen back to the soil mix.