What are microgreens?
Microgreens are the seed leaves of vegetables and herbs. Once the seed of an herb or vegetable begins to grow, it is considered a sprout. Once the sprout begins to grow, the baby plant is considered a microgreen.
Sprouts and microgreens are not the same. Sprouts are grown without a medium, require only water and moisture to grow while microgreens are grown in a medium such as potting mix or hydroponically using gravel or hemp mat. Microgreens also require light to grow and are harvested after about 7 days.
Microgreens contain a higher concentration of many nutrients such as phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are four to forty percent more nutrient-rich than their mature counterparts.
Why should I grow them?
They best way to consume microgreens is when they are fresh. That means, very soon after they are harvested. You can't get fresher than growing and harvesting them right in your home. We have the perfect climate and conditions in Singapore for growing microgreens year round.
Do they require care because I really don't have the time
They require as much care as your morning coffee, when you patiently wait for your cup to be brewed. Once they have germinated, microgreens need to be placed in a well lit environment (next to a window, balcony etc) and kept moist. That means watering it once (while your morning coffee is being brewed) or twice a day.
Do I need direct sunlight to grow microgreens?
If you are using natural light to grow your microgreens (not grow lights), then all you need is indirect sunlight. Placing your microgreens under direct sunlight for more than 1-2 hours in Singapore will result in your microgreens wilting because of the hot and humid temperature. We recommend a shaded spot in your balcony or window sill with natural light streaming on your greens.
Why can't I use regular seeds and harvest them very young?
The simple answer is, you could. BUT, microgreen seeds are developed that way for a reason. They do better at becoming consistent microgreens - they germinate faster and grow uniformly.
Where do you get your seeds from?
We partner with a variety of farms, all of which are certified organic to bring you healthy, sustainable, non-GMO seeds. These seeds were grown using environmentally sustainable farming methods, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. And we have certificates to prove it!
Can I reuse the potting mix I get from you?
You could, but you'll have to remove any stems, roots, or other remnants (like seed hulls) from the existing mix, then dry out the mix before re-using it. Growing some varieties, such as peas and wheatgrass would make it impossible to reuse the mix because the roots are extremely dense, making it impossible to separate the mix.
What is a good medium to use if I want to get my own?
We recommend coconut coir and perlite mix. The ratio is approximately 70-80% coconut coir and 20-30% perlite.
What about hemp mats? Are they reusable or a one-time use?
Hemp mats, coco mats, rock wool, felt, and other hydroponic mediums are all one-time use.