Spinach Microgreen Seeds – 10 Grams
Franchi Seeds from Italy (GMO FREE DECLARATION)
*What are microgreens?
Microgreens are the sprouted seeds of various leafy greens. The seeds are grown in small, shallow containers, like Harraz microgreens kit, which makes them easier to grow and harvest.
In addition to Broccoli microgreens, you can sprout beets, radishes, celery, basil, and dill.
Microgreen production isn’t expensive or time-consuming, it can be grown on a large-scale or at home and it is very simple.
Spinach is the ultimate healthy vegetable. It’s bursting with iron, Vitamin C, beta carotene and many more. But, it’s even extremely healthier when eaten as microgreens.
Spinach microgreens are full of flavor and with a simple growing process, anyone can grow the best superfood around.
Spinach microgreens may be smaller, but they make up for their size in nutritional benefits.
It is very versatile since it is commonly used as a salad, a cooked vegetable or as a component of many other cooked meat and vegetable dishes.
Spinach is one of the most desirable dark green leafy vegetables because it is high in beta carotene (pro vitamin A) and folate, and is also a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron phosphorus, sodium and potassium (Ryder, 1979; Nonnicke, 1989; Dicoteau, 2000).
It is high in the carotenoid lutein which has been shown to prevent age related macular degeneration.
Spinach is a good source of antioxidants and has one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values of any vegetable (Prior, 2003).
– Pre-soaking: It needs pre-soaking in chilly water. (no less than 2 hours and no more than 8 hours)
– Growing Methods: Hydroponic and soil
– Estimated Time to Harvest: 10 – 20 days
– Darkness: Needs darkness during the germination period
– Darkening Period: 48 hours
– Germination Time: 3 to 7 days
– Nutrients: High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, beta-carotene
– Microgreen Flavor: Mild and slightly sweet
– Microgreen Texture: Soft
– Preferred Growing Medium: Hydroponic and soil mix of cocopeat and vermiculite
– Microgreen Color: Green
1- Empty the growing media into the planting container until you fill most of the black part. (Preferably a mixture of cocopeat and vermiculite with a ratio of 90:10) then use the sprayer to make it very wet.
2- Soak 1 pack of seeds for several hours (2-8 hours), then clean them from the soaking water and use a spoon to distribute evenly on the growing media.
3- Spread the seeds to cover most of the growing media, leaving 1 cm from the edges of the container, for aeration, watering and also to easily cut your greens later.
4- Try to make very small spaces (0.5 mm) between the seeds with a toothpick (for aeration).
5- Spray the box with water until everything is very wet, including the inside of the cover, to create a humid environment.
6- Put the container in a very dark area for at least 48 hours
7- After 48 hours, remove the cover to let the oxygen in and check the length of your greens then spray with water if needed.
8- When the seeds complete germination and sprout, put the cover upside down on top of the tiny plants for additional 24 hours. To keep the cover secure, put a small weight on top of the cover.
9- It is preferable to leave them in the dark until the sprouts push the cover upwards as they grow. The sprouts will stretch upward in search for the sun or the light, this strengthens them and makes them more nutritious and easier to harvest when they are longer than the edge of the container.
10- Remove the cover and take into consideration that the container must be placed in a bright place until its color turns green through the process of photosynthesis.
11- Keep an eye on the water, always make sure the media is completely wet, but not submerged in water.
12- Start harvesting when your leaves are tall and green enough (about the length of your small finger or they are 5-10 cm high)
13- Use thin scissors to cut your needed amount of greens, harvest right above the growing media and add to your delicious meals, it is possible to harvest daily until the microgreens run out and the process is repeated again after cleaning the box.
– Follow up on the water and make sure that the soil does not dry out before the buds appear and make sure that it is dark for at least 48 hours.
– After the appearing of sprouts, irrigation is reduced to minimal amounts, only keeping the soil wet and not submerged.
– In some cases, the beginnings of rot may appear at the stem level of the sprouts, which means that the sprouts need more aeration, and the seeds were put very close together.
– The solution is very easy, oxygen water is bought from the pharmacy and diluted with spray water, once you spray it, the oxygen will disappear and vaporize and it becomes plain water. This white fungus is harmless and is easily treated.
– On some winter days, the growth of greens may be a little slow, as well as the germination, so the seeds can be left in a place, for almost 72 hours instead of 48 hours.
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