SweetNSpicy Microgreens are now becoming to the young stage by successfully passing the infant stage. But, compared to the pioneers in this field, we are still a New Microgreen Venture. During the past few months, we tried different microgreen types, different mediums, and different growing techniques. Within that period, we got to experience so many interesting facts and behaviors of microgreen growing. Even today we are getting new experiences. This Microgreen growing is a very interesting activity as a business as well as a hobby. Today, we would really like to share our experiences with you about microgreen growing, especially focusing on seed germination and medium. At the beginning of our journey, we selected Fenugreek, Radish, Mustard, Amaranthus, Alfalfa, and Beetroot to produce microgreens.
Interestingly, Fenugreek, Mustard, and Radish grew really well without any problem related to germination. Plants were super healthy. But Beetroot, Amaranthus and Alfalfa gave some troubles in germination and disease incidents.
Beetroot seeds showed very low germination rate as well as very low germination percentage. Afterwards, we realized that, beetroot seed lot had the problem. From that point onwards we always make sure to buy quality seeds from the certified supplier. Other problem was that the price of beetroot seeds. Compared to other seeds it costs high.
Alfalfa also gave some troubles related to disease problems. Although the germination was high with alfalfa, germinated seedlings affected by fungal diseases when they grow in vermicompost medium. So most of germinated seedlings started to rot and die. We tried different media for alfalfa to get rid of this problem. We were able to get good results from the medium consisting of tissue paper following bottom watering method. But water management is critical for alfalfa since it is highly fragile type. But the good thing is that alfalfa microgreens have a very good demand in the market.
Amaranthus had the problem with falling down spontaneously. Due to that problem our amaranthus microgreen yield reduced. We stayed away from amaranthus microgreen growing for a sometime. But now again we are going to start it with a proper medium and proper management techniques since there is a high demand for amaranthus microgreens in order to use as a garnish in many dishes.
Above, I said about the media that we used for alfalfa. For All other microgreen types we used the media with vermicompost and coir dust in 1:1 ratio. But with an experiment we done, we realized that 100% vermicompost gives the higher yield compared to the combination with coir dust. So in the future, we hope to use vermicompost only for our all microgreen types except alfalfa.
After some time, we thought of trying new microgreen types considering the demand from our valued customers. With that we started growing green gram, cowpea, and horse gram microgreens. Happy to say that we got really good growth and yield in all three types and the demand was also good. There was no any germination problems related to these three microgreen types.
Now I want to share another important practice that we use for our microgreens with you. It is Soaking the seeds before seeding. Soaking weaken the hard seed coat, which is the natural protection of the seed. Therefore, the seeds can germinate well without any hindrance. This soaking is not needed for all type of seeds. Soaking is needed especially for seeds with hard seed coat such as cowpea, greengram, horsegram, and fenugreek in our situation. For radish, mustard, beetroot, and alfalfa, we don’t do soaking since there seed coats are weak enough to germinate well without soaking.
With this blog, we tried to explain you the way to get rid of germination problems of seeds in microgreen growing, some of our special techniques that we used to enhance the microgreen growth, and finally to get a very good harvest at the end. We hope that you had got to know at least one new thing today.
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