GROWING BEETS MICROGREENS
Measure 3 tsp. of beets seed for the personal size 6x6 grow tray
Measure 8 tbsp. of beets seed for a 10x20 grow tray
Wet and place your grow medium in your growing tray
Sprinkle beets seed evenly over your grow medium
Gently water the seeds using a spray bottle
Take your grow tray lid and turn it upside down and place it on top of your seeds
Keep the grow medium moist but not saturated during the germination stage
Germination 4 – 5 days, keep plants covered in a dark area for this time frame
Beets are a bit unusual, you are planting what is a pod with multiple seeds and they germinate very unevenly. You will wonder for a week if your crop will work out or not, the answer is generally yet it will.
Lighting and Watering
When most of your plants have shed their hulls, they are ready for light. Remove the grow tray lid and place your beets microgreens in a well-lit location. Room light is generally plenty, however, if you place them in a high light area be sure to water your plants frequently and do not let the medium dry out. It is best to water from the side by lifting the grow medium and pouring about a ½ inch of water into the grow tray and lowering the grow medium into the water.
****Grow Tip: If you have scales, weigh your grow tray after watering. The tray will be much heavier after watering, weigh your grow tray before your next watering, if the tray is considerably lighter you know that it is time to water again.
Days to Maturity
With beets microgreens, it is best to harvest at the cotyledon stage, which is the first set of leaves your plants grow before their first true leaves grow, or once the first true leaves begin to emerge, depending on your preference or your market. Typically, beets microgreens are harvested at 3 - 5” in height. To grow your beets microgreens to the first cotyledon stage will take approximately 12 - 17 days from the moment you plant to harvest time.
When you are ready to harvest your beets microgreens, cut the plants just above the grow medium. We suggest that you cut them as you are ready to eat them vs cutting them and storing them.
Shelf life ranges from 5 - 10 days under proper storage conditions. Store them in an air tight plastic bag cuddled with a paper towel. Store them in the refrigerator after they have been cut.
Beets microgreens are prone to damping off disorder, which is associated with poor air circulation and over saturated grow mediums. Ensure air movement with horizontal airflow fans.