What is the Blackout Period for Microgreens: 2 Methods – Episode 011

Microgreens Podcast Episode 011

What is the Blackout Period for Microgreens

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Microgreen Podcast Episode 011 Show Notes

In this episode, we discuss the purpose of the blackout period for microgreens. 

As well as the two methods commonly used to blackout microgreens.

The methods are the Weighted Blackout Method and the Domed Blackout Method.

The two trays on the bottom use the weighted method; the weights and upper tray push the seeds into the soil.

This makes for better seed-to-soil contact, usually better germination, and more vigorous, sturdier microgreens.

The upper tray has a watering tray flipped upside, forming a dome above the seeds. This method works best for fragile stemmed microgreens like amaranth.

Don’t worry about the weight. Microgreens are strong enough to push it off.

radish microgreens lifting off weight

Triton radishes throw another tray and weight off themselves.

For more information, listen to the podcast. 

We also have a couple of articles linked below, one talking primarily about the Weighted Blackout Period. 

Microgreen Blackout Period – What Exactly Is It?

The second shows how to use the Domed Method and why the Weighted Method doesn’t work for some varieties.

Growing Amaranth Microgreens – An Easy Alternative Method

We will have more information in future articles and our video courses.

Leave a comment below and let us know which method (if any) you prefer, and if you use the weighted method, what do you use for weights?

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