These Are The 6 Easiest Microgreens To Grow
The six microgreen varieties we introduce below are not only easy to grow, but you can plant the seeds and harvest the microgreens within 10-days.
In reality, a couple of the microgreen varieties can be on your plate in as quick as 5-days!
Grow these quick win varieties to practice your growing skills and gain confidence. Before you know it, you'll be growing nutritious microgreens throughout the year.
When your neighbors are eating week-old bagged salad in the winter, you'll be harvesting and adding fresh vitamin and mineral-rich microgreens to your meals.
New to Growing Microgreens?
Microgreens are seedlings of vegetables and herbs. They can be grown inside in small trays either in a window sill or well-lit room all year long.
Microgreens are chock-full of nutrients, way more concentrated with nutrition than the fully-grown vegetables.
Because of their concentrated nutrients, you can add a small amount of a few varieties and quickly improve your vitamin and mineral uptake.
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Our 6 Easiest Microgreens To Grow
To some extent, the microgreens on lists such as these depend on each persons growing setup, the available light intensity, and the soil media and container being used to grow microgreens.
We believe that easy to grow microgreens should be varieties that are easy to plant, grow quickly, and don't have the tendency to retain seed husks or have rigid growing requirements.
The varieties in our easiest microgreens to grow list reach harvest quickly (harvest within 7- to 10-days), can grow in minimal light and are easy to harvest and eat.
1. Radish Microgreens
Radishes have to be the easiest microgreens to grow. It's hard, if not impossible, not to get them to grow.
Why do I think radish microgreens are the easiest to grow?
The radish seeds are relatively large and light-colored. When you sow the seeds, they are easy to see on the darker soil. Sowing microgreens seems to give the beginner the most stress, so the large, easy to see radish seeds make planting a breeze.
The next reason we think radishes are the easiest microgreen to grow is how quick they grow.
At normal room temperature, radish microgreens can be harvested in as few as 7-days. Using a heat mat or elevating the room temperature, radish microgreens can be ready to harvest 5-days after planting!
Radish microgreens grow fast and should be harvested before their first true leaves develop. A family shouldn't have any problem using up a Home Microgreen Tray full of radish microgreens before the need to harvest and store in the refrigerator.
Not only are radish microgreens easy to plant, quick to grow, but they add flavor and crunch to sandwiches and salads. There are even red varieties of radish microgreens.
For all of these reasons, we believe radish microgreens are the easiest microgreens to grow. Click the following link for easy to follow step by step instructions on growing radish microgreens.
Are you interested in growing radish microgreens? We sell radish microgreen seeds and kits.
2. Broccoli Microgreens
Broccoli microgreens, like radish microgreens, are quick and easy to seed, grow, and harvest.
Other than the flavor, broccoli microgreens are very similar to radishes. Broccoli seeds are relatively large and can be seen and moved around on the soil easily.
There are a few differences between broccoli and radish microgreens, however. Broccoli grows slightly slower and doesn't have the color varieties as radishes do.
Like radishes, you harvest broccoli microgreens in the cotyledon stage before the first true leaves form.
Broccoli microgreens taste like a mild cabbage and are very nutritious. In fact, they are one of the most referenced microgreen for health benefits.
For more information, we have published an article on how to grow broccoli microgreens.
In our opinion, broccoli and radish microgreens are the two easiest microgreens to grow.
Are you interested in growing broccoli microgreens? We sell broccoli microgreen seeds and kits.
3. Cabbage Microgreens
Red Acre Cabbage microgreens, like the Vienna Kohlrabi microgreens (discussed below) are easy to grow. Although cabbage doesn't grow as quickly as the first two microgreens discussed above, you can harvest cabbage microgreens 10 to 14 days after planting them.
Several cabbage varieties are used for microgreens. However, we prefer to use Red Acre because of the attractive stems and leaves.
When we give presentations on how to grow microgreens and provide microgreen kits to the attendees, Red Acre Cabbage is one of the seeds we recommend.
The dark reddish-green leaves are glossy, and the purple, pink and reddish stems are attractive both growing and on the plate. The idea is to hook new people into growing microgreens.
Not only are microgreens great for your health, add flavor to food, but they are fun to grow and take up very little space in the home. So starting with the easiest to grow microgreens that are also attractive, nutritious, and taste great is important.
Red Acre Cabbage microgreens fall into this category. The seeds, unlike radish and broccoli seeds, are smaller and darker. Making them slightly harder to plant, but not to the point where they are difficult to handle.
You grow Red Acre Cabbage the same as Vienna Kohlrabi, except you use less seed for cabbage.
Are you interested in growing cabbage microgreens? We sell Red Acre Cabbage microgreen seeds and kits.
4. Kohlrabi Microgreens
Vienna Kohlrabi is one of my favorite microgreens.
Many people don't know what kohlrabi is, and if they do, they're not sure what to do with the mature vegetable.
We want to set the record straight; kohlrabi microgreens are nothing like the mature vegetable. They taste like sweet, mild cabbage and add beautiful color to salads, eggs, and any other dish.
Because people will rarely try things they don't know, we add kohlrabi seeds to our beginner's kits. Once people try kohlrabi microgreens, they become repeat customers. We also use kohlrabi as an example in our presentations because it is beautiful and can be harvested in as early as 7-days after planting.
Kohlrabi seeds are quite small and very round and love to bounce out of the tray when you plant them. But that is the only problem you might have with these awesome microgreens.
For more information on how to plant and grow kohlrabi, you can read our article by clicking here.
Kohlrabi microgreens are one of the easiest microgreens to grow once you get them planted.
Are you interested in growing Purple Vienna Kohlrabi microgreens? We sell kohlrabi microgreen seeds and kits.
5. Arugula Microgreens
The next two microgreens you rarely if ever see on any easiest microgreens to grow lists.
However, there's no reason for their exclusion. Both are easy to grow.
Arugula, known for its peppery flavor, is a staple microgreen here at Home Microgreens. We add it to salads, scrabbled eggs, to meatloaf and hamburger mix, and on sandwiches.
Arugula microgreen seeds are medium-sized and lighter in color, making them easy to sow on your soil trays. The seeds also germinate quickly, within two days at normal room temperatures.
The plants grow slower than those listed above, however, keep them under intense light and moderate watering, and you can harvest your first arugula in 10 to 14 days.
Although arugula can be eaten at the cotyledon stage (like those leaves shown above) we think they taste better and have the most intense flavor when the first true leaves form.
Arugula microgreens are best a day to two older than those shown above.
We have found that arugula is sensitive to overcrowding, so seed density is important.
Want to Know the Ideal Seeding Density?
Go to this article with an embedded easy to use microgreen seed calculator.
Besides the fact that arugula is slightly slower growing and overcrowding makes the plants yellow out a bit, arugula is easy to grow, and there's no reason to shy away from growing them.
Are you interested in growing arugula microgreens? We sell arugula microgreen seeds and kits.
6. Basil Microgreens
We aren't sure why people believe basil microgreens are challenging to grow. Maybe because they're mucilaginous seeds, or because they take up to 3 weeks to mature?
Growing mucilaginous seeds isn't difficult, and it does take some patience, though. If you check on mucilaginous seeds too early during the blackout period, the seeds tend to stick to the cover and disrupt the rooting.
Basil microgreens grow steadily, but not quickly. Although with the ideal temperatures slightly warmer than room temperature, you can harvest within 14-days.
But the best thing about basil microgreens is that you can let them grow. In fact, we think their best flavor occurs between 20 and 25 days. Again, because it's best to let basil microgreens to get larger, using the correct seeding density is essential.
We grow several basil varieties, and they all grow similar. If you give basil 3 or 4 days in the blackout period to let the seedlings root and then give them plenty of light, you'll have no problem growing basil microgreens. Like the Genovese basil shown in the photo earlier in this article, or the Red Rubin Basil shown below.
You can click the following link to learn more about how to grow basil microgreens.
Are you interested in growing basil microgreens? We sell basil microgreen seeds and kits. To see more basil varieties, type in "basil" in the store search.
Our 6 Easiest Microgreens to Grow
Growing any of these microgreens will give you the experience and confidence to try other varieties of microgreens.
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