Radish Organic Sprouts
A dual purpose radish, can be grown as a green or as sprouts. Slightly spicy. If you like radishes you're going to love radish sprouts. Sprouts are great for salads and stir-fries. Growing your own sprouts is a great way to get your gardening fix throughout the cold days of winter. Easy to grow in a mason jar or our handy sprouter. Approx. 75 seeds/gram.
Distribute evenly a very thin layer of seed. The seeds will swell and require a lot of space. Approximately one tablespoon of small seed and two tablespoons of larger seed is enough for the Victorio Sprouter. For proper germination, seeds should remain wet, but not submerged in water. The Victorio Sprouting Kit is designed to retain a small amount of water, just the right amount. Rinse the seeds once or twice each day for best results.
Sprouting in the dark will force the sprouts to elongate, but sprouting with some exposure to light will have an added benefit of allowing the tiny plants to produce chlorophyll and turn green for more nutritional value.
Using the Victorio Sprouter:
Place seeds in the top 3 trays. The bottom tray is to collect the water. Once the seeds are in each tray, fill the top tray, not quite to the top, with tepid water. Cold water may impede germination. The water will drain through each tray and finally into the collection tray. Remember to dump out the bottom tray before you fill the top the next time.
Sprouts are ready to eat in 2-7 days. Always use clean water and clean practices. It is a good idea to disinfect your sprouter between crops by soaking in a solution of 1 Tbsp of bleach to 1 Pint of water.
Please Note: The tiny seedlings develop very fine, fuzzy root hairs that can sometimes be mistaken for mould. If you think you are growing mould, look closely at one of the seedlings to determine if it is simply the fuzzy root hairs that you are seeing.
Sow seeds in a shallow tray of potting mix and cover lightly. About 8 to 9 grams of seed should be enough for an 11 inch x 21 inch tray. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Seedlings should be grown in full light to keep them from stretching.
Once seedlings have 1 –2 true leaves they are ready for harvest. This can range from 10-20 days depending on the growing conditions and the type of micro green. To harvest cut the seedlings off just above ground level with a sharp knife or scissors. The plants will not regrow, so discard the left over soil and start a new batch.
Damping off can be a problem with microgreens. Be sure and use fresh potting mix with each batch, do not over water and allow air to circulate around the seedlings.