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What are Microgreens?

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Microgreens are a quick and simple superfood that always delivers a spring-fresh taste!In a Plantui Smart Garden 6, growing microgreens is easy, fast and hassle-free.

Microgreens are small plants that grow from the seeds of vegetables and herbsin just a week or two – the baby versions. In addition to their first leaves (i.e. cotyledons), the microgreens also produce a stem and roots. You can eat both the leaves and stems of microgreens, which are full of flavour, vitamins and minerals.

How microgreens taste

 

Microgreens look pretty similar to each other, but when you eat them, you’ll notice the difference. If you want something juicy and gently sweet, you might want to try pak choi. Those looking for a stronger, peppery taste are guaranteed to adore the radish microgreens. If you’re looking for something to pep-up a salad or help fill-out a tortilla then the salad rocket microgreens are the best choice. In addition to its fresh and mild peppery flavour, red cabbage is also an eye-catcher, as the shoots come through beautifully red-green in colour. The broccoli microgreens are mild and crunchy – a version even the kids will enjoy.

Try all our microgreens to find your own favourites.

Sown on Monday, eaten on Sunday

 

Microgreens are very fast to grow, with radishes and broccoli, for example, ready for harvest in seven days. Red cabbage, pak choi and salad rocket don’t take long to grow into microgreens either – you can enjoy their harvest no later than two weeks after sowing.

 

A small package packed with plenty of goodness

 

In addition to the wonderful taste and quick rate of growth, the added benefit of microgreens is their amazing nutritional value. Microgreens are full of minerals and trace elements, as well as vitamins, all packed in a small space. Compared to the adult versions, the levels of vitamins and minerals in microgreens are 40-50 times higher. For example, a small plate of red cabbage microgreens is equivalent to the same amount of vitamins and minerals in a whole red cabbage.

A lot of kick with just a little chewing!

Microgreens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, antioxidants and polyphenols. Check out the detailed information for each microgreen to see which particular vitamins and minerals they are high in and how they support your health.

At the same time, reduce your carbon footprint! Only a little water and energy is required to grow your microgreens, which are the most local form of food possible – grown in your own home. Plantui’s patented technology turns you into an urban farmer and helps you begin your journey towards a more self-sufficient life.

What you need to grow microgreens

To grow microgreens, you’ll nee the Plantui indoor garden with six plant slots and the additional microgreens tray, purchased separately. Along with the microgreens seeds, you’ll receive a plant nutrient that really makes the shoots thrive. The Plantui Smart Garden 6 ensures the shoots receive the right amount of light as well as water.

Buy your Microgreens Starter Kit here, which includes everything you need to get growing.

Here’s how you grow microgreens in your Plantui indoor garden

  1. Add water and nutrients to the bowl, with one spoonful (1.5 ml) of nutrients for every litre of water.
  2. Assemble the device in the normal way but leave the plant tray out, instead replacing it with a microgreens tray. Add the pump and lock unit attachments.
  3. Pour the seeds into the tray. The microgreens tray is divided into four sections and inside one microgreens bag there are four smaller brown bags: one for use in each section. You can fill the whole microgreens tray full with one package, or you can put a different microgreens variety into each section.
  4. Plug the Plantui into the mains electricity, add one height block and the light hat. To start the pump, hold your hand on the light hat for 15-20 seconds.Make sure the water can rise up to the microgreens tray. If the water doesn’t reach the tray, check that the tray is properly in place. NB! If you have an older Plantui device with a grey water tray, then read here for more instructions.
  5. If water moves the seeds into a cluster, you can spread them a little. However, do not move the seeds after the pumping begins as you might damage them.
  6. Cover the microgreens with the covers provided. Keep the covers in place for the first few days, until the seeds have started to sprout.
  7. Harvest the crop after 7-14 days. The microgreens produce a single crop and are cut from about 1 cm above their roots.You don’t have to harvest the whole crop at once, but you can pick shoots to eat piece by piece.
  8. After the microgreens are consumed, the tray should be washed. It is not necessary to change the water after each round of cultivation, as a new bag of seeds can be sown and grown immediately afterwards. Wash the indoor garden and water as and when required.
  9. You can also eat one half of the tray, wash it and add a new bag of seeds even if the other half has microgreens still growing.

 

See our entire selection of microgreens seeds here

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