Sunflower - Microgreens (Helianthus Annuus) Organic Non GMO Microgreens
Black Oil Sunflower Microgreens a hardy green shoot that is delightfully crisp, juicy with a nutty flavour. Nutrients: Vitamins A, B complex, D, and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus
Microgreens are typically grown indoors and very densely seeded, so that they grow as a thick "lawn" in the container. Instead of allowing the plants to grow to their "normal" harvest stage, Microgreens are harvested when very young; only a few inches tall and just a couple of weeks old.
Most vegetables that are grown for their leaves or stems can be grown as a Microgreen. This includes cabbage beets, kale, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, lettuce, mizuna, spinach, radish, broccoli and many others. Peas, lentils & mung beans can be grown for shoots too.
What shouldn't be grown as a microgreen?
Plants in the nightshade family, like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants should never be grown for microgreens as their leaves and stems are toxic. Also, although many legumes can be be used for microgreens, some beans, like kidney beans, are incredibly toxic when raw. Please use caution if you are uncertain.
How to grow Microgreens
As with everything that becomes "trendy", companies will do their best to convince you that you absolutely NEED to buy a plethora of things to succeed. Complicated hydroponic kits, "eco-friendly" (but single-use) microgreen mats, complicated shelving units with energy intensive grow-lamps... These are all deemed essential.
Our philosophy is a bit different: Keep things simple and maintain the Earth by using what you already have on hand.
You can grow Microgreens in any type of water tight container. Raid your recycling bin. Use a Tupperware container whose lid has gone missing. Use a loaf pan that will fit perfectly on your window ledge. The key is to make sure the container is clean. Wash it as though you'd be eating off it, because technically, that's what you'll be doing.
There are endless products promoted for growing microgreens on. Most common are mats spun from hemp, coconut fibre and sometimes even plastic. Did you know though, that you could just use soil?
You definitely don't want any earthworms in the mix, but you can use soil right out of your garden to grow your microgreens. You can either toss this soil into your backyard compost after each grow, or you can compost the used soil (and the microgreen roots) in your kitchen for the next batch.
Step-By-Step Guide To Growing Microgreens1. Soak seeds at room temperature over night (8-12 hrs).
2. The next day, thoroughly moisten growing soil. Spread soil to 1cm in bottom of container.
5. When the majority of seeds have sprouted (this takes a few days), move to a window so they can green up. Keep the lid off from here on in.
7. At 7-10 days (for most types), roots will be well established & leaves will be bright green.
8. Most people harvest microgreens at around 2 weeks, when they are between 1-2 inches tall.
Seed Count: 5 grams