Microgreens Burpee's Mix
An explosive flavor burst of all our best microgreens.
Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height The typical height of this product at maturity.
Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.
Fall, Spring, Summer
Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.
How to Sow Microgreens
- To start indoors, sow in trays filled with seed starting formula.
- Sow evenly and thinly in rows 2 inches apart. Cover firmly and keep evenly moist.
- As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
How to Grow Microgreens
- Thinning is not necessary for microgreens.
- Microgreens are easy and fast to grow. Keep plants clean of soil and dirt.
- If planted outdoors, keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep microgreens plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
Microgreen Harvesting and Preserving Tips
- Harvest small seedlings when they are between the sizes of a sprout and a baby leaf vegetable, usually when there are just 2-3 true leaves.
- Clip young leaves at the base of seedlings around 2 inches high with clean scissors.
- Rinse thoroughly and lightly pat dry before consumption.
- Store in sealed plastic bags and refrigerate.