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How to grow Beets microgreens

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Growing Microgreens

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.

 

Harvest

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.  

 

Storage

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.

 

Diseases

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.