The amount of seed you soak depends on where you are planting. The yield is roughly 1 pound of Greens per pound of seed planted.
Pre-Sprout is important when growing these Greens.
Put seed in a jar or bowl. Cool ( 60 to 70 degree ) water is what you are using to fill that. Whole Sunflower Seeds float. It is necessary to keep them under water during their soak to get them to soak up the water. We do this with a mason jar, a plate atop a bowl, or an Easy Sprout with a flat lid snapped on top. Whatever you use, keep them underwater!
Allow your seeds to soak for a long time.
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If necessary, empty the seeds into your Sprouter. Take out the soak water. If you like, you can water plants with it.
It is advisable to rinse thoroughly with water. Prepare to drain thoroughly.
If you want to set your Sprouter in a room, set it at room temperature between rinses. This is where your children grow. We use a counter top in the corner of our kitchen, where the sprouter wo n’t get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us. We do n’t mind the indirect sunlight or the 150 watt room light because it does n’t matter much. When a plant has leaves, it can perform photosynthesis. Light has no effect until then. Do n’t hide your sprouts because they like air-circulation. After planting our Greens, we ‘ll get to the light.
In 8 to 12 hours, rinse and drain. Maybe one more. In 8 to 12 hours, rinse and drain. Possibly one more. In 8 to 12 hours, rinse and drain.
When most of the seeds have sprouted tiny roots, it is time to plant. This happens after just a few rinse and drain cycles.
Growing and planting.
Coconut Coir is our favorite growing medium. It holds more water than any medium we ‘ve ever worked with. As the plants grow, it releases nutrients. It feels like the loveliest soil you can imagine, though it is less messy. The only thing Coir can do is get the medium moist. Saturated is perfect. Puddles are too much. Earthworm castings are mixed. 75 % Coir and 25 % Castings. 34 full is what we fill our tray with. If you insist you can use this mix.
Cut the pad to fit your tray if necessary. If you want to use it when we grow without soil, soak it in water. Until thoroughly saturated. The wet pad should be spread across the tray. Proceed.
Spread the seeds evenly. We have found from years of experience and thousands of pounds of Greens grown that some produce a plant that takes up less room than the seed. If you find mold in your Greens, reduce the amount of seed you plant. The mold/fungus is more of an issue when the climate is hotter and more humid. You have to adapt to your climate and seasonal conditions. This is fun and easy to learn, and what is better than learning ?
To keep the light out and the water in, cover the planted tray with an inverted tray. There should be holes or slits in the tray to allow air circulation.
There is a low-light room temperature location. 70 is optimal, but these Greens will grow well in cooler or slightly warmer temperatures.
It ‘s a good idea to water lightly once or twice a day. The goal is to keep the medium moist until the roots bury themselves in it. If you use a sprayer in your sink or a hand sprayer, make sure to rinse and quench every sprout until they bury their roots. You will have a better crop if you include Kelp Fertilizer.
All you need to do is keep the medium moist once the roots are buried.
You can use the tray to hold water. Too much can drown your plants and/or lead to mold problems, so do n’t go crazy, the roots will actually sit in this. Leave enough water for the Greens to drink in a day and then add more the following day. The amount is dependent on the size of your tray and the climate you ‘re growing in, so you ‘ll have to learn this for yourself. Start with 1-2 cups in the Drip Tray if you are using the 1 Crop Tray Set. Lift the planting tray to see how much is left. If there is still water 24 hours later, then cut back on the amount of water you add. It ‘s simple, it ‘s a time saver and it produces happy healthy Greens.
Again, we recommend Kelp enriched water for growers. If you are using nitrogen rich Earthworm Castings in your medium, you can easily skip the kelp.
When they push the covering tray up, you will be able to see your Greens in 3-4 days.
The crop should be moved to a well lit location. Direct sunlight is a good idea for Greens. Keep it moist. Plants that grow bigger are more likely to drink water. You can watch them grow.
Cut the plants when they are less than 2 inches tall and have green leaves to harvest your crop. The plants should be cut above the surface.
Harvest should start before true leaves start to show. The leaves are from the center of the leaves. If you see a few Greens with small leaves, get your scissors out and the Greens will be less tasty if you let them go too long.
Sunflower Greens will shed their Shells as their leaves open, but there are always some that are slow to do so. We remove the loose ones by holding the tray at a steep angle and brushing your hand over the top of the Greens. You will either have to remove the shells from the leaves or discard them. Eating the shell is frowned upon by one ‘s stomach, and is not in keeping with the tender perfection of the other Sunnys, so we advise against it.
You want your Greens to be as dry as possible before refrigerating if you are going to store your crop. Do n’t water too close to harvest time.
If you want to extend the shelf life of produce, try our Produce Storage Bag, they actually extend the shelf life of produce, we use them in our home. Put them in your refrigerator.
The first thing to start with is Sunflowers.
1/3 cup for a 5 ” square tray A cup for an 10 ” square tray. There are 3 cups for a 20 inch tray.
There are 4 cups of seed per pound.
If you want to know how much seed to use, spread dry seed on the bottom of the plant. The seed should be spread evenly but densely on your tray.
We use a lot of seeds and have found from years of experience and thousands of pounds of Greens grown that that is not true. The mold/fungus is more of an issue when the climate is hotter and more humid. You have to adapt to your climate and seasonal conditions. This is fun and easy to learn.