Microgreens Without Soil

Know as growing hydroponically.

1. Choose Your Growing Medium:

  • Coconut Coir: Affordable and requires pre-soaking.
  • Clay Pebbles: Porous and reusable, provide excellent air circulation.
  • Hemp Growing Mats: Less messy but more expensive.
  • Vermiculite: Lightweight, sterile, and retains water well.

2. Gather Your Supplies:

  • Seeds: Look for untreated microgreen seeds.
  • Growing Trays: Choose hydroponic trays without drainage holes.
  • Growing Lights: LED grow lights or direct sunlight.
  • pH Testing Kits: Maintain water pH around 6.
  • Nutrients or Fertilizers: Specifically designed for hydroponic use.
  • Spray Bottle: Ensure it’s clean and free of chemicals.

3. Prepare Your Water:

  • Use distilled or rainwater if possible.
  • Test pH and adjust as needed.
  • Add nutrients to the water.

4. Fill the Trays:

  • Spread growing medium evenly in trays.
  • Plant seeds evenly across the medium.

5. Keep Them Moist:

  • Mist seeds with water to keep them moist.
  • Cover trays to maintain moisture or keep in a dark area.

6. Germinate the Seeds:

  • Keep trays warm (around 70°F) for 3-4 days.
  • Ensure airflow to prevent mold growth.
  • Continue misting every 12 hours.

7. Place Under Grow Lights:

  • After germination, move trays under grow lights.
  • Use the dry and soak method for watering.
  • Remove excess water after 10-20 minutes.

8. Wait and Harvest:

  • Microgreens will be ready in about two weeks.
  • Harvest when true leaves appear.
  • Use sharp scissors to cut stems.
  • Consume harvested microgreens the same day for maximum freshness and nutrition.