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The temperature of your home and the variety of seed will determine how long germination takes. Generally, 2-5 days should be sufficient. You can lift the lid off to check - once you start to see 2 leaves on each shoot or majority of greens are between 10-20mm high its time to take off the lid.
The microgreens will appear thin and yellow after the humidity dome is removed. They are now ready for some light!
You may also notice little white fluffy stands on top of the mat - These are actually the find root hairs and very beneficial for the plant during the beginning of its life.
Pod Tip: If you want to speed up germination, Place your micropod in your hot water cupboard during germination period with humidity lid on. This will give the greens an extra boost!
We have tried to select seeds
with similar germination times but there are some varieties which are slightly
slower to start (especially during the colder temperatures)
The Rocket, Kale, Mizuna are
quite fast germinating while the Pakchoi and Mustard may take a little longer.
If one side is not germinating as well, please leave the lid on a little longer for the weaker side to catch up. However, even if the lid is removed early, the slower side will eventually catch up given the right temperatures and sunlight.
We recommend placing the micropod indoors on a windowsill with good natural light. If you don’t have a sunny windowsill, a room with good overhead lighting will do. The microgreens will be long and leaves will tend to be smaller if there isn’t enough light, but the nutrients and flavor will still be there!
Temperature plays a major role in how quickly microgreens grow. Microgreens can be grown indoors all year round. Generally, between 18–24 degrees is optimal. Below 12 degrees and the microgreens will struggle to germinate.
It's best to harvest your microgreens when you need them. It'll be the tastiest and most nutritious!
However, if you just can't wait to start the next cycle and would like to store them. Place the cut microgreens in a airtight resealable bag/container with a wet paper towel in the fridge. They will last up to a week like this.
When the mats are fully harvested, Simply pop the used mats in the compost or dirt so the nutrients can be fed back into your garden. To start a new cycle, give the grills and tray a quick rinse and you'll be ready to grow again.
The trays are designed with the perfect volume of water in mind so you will only have add water once (at the very start). The roots will grow faster than the water depletes.
However, if you'd like grow the greens longer (past the microgreens stage), topping up the water may be required. Water should not cover more than half the roots. The roots require access to air to be healthy.