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How to grow Pea Shoot microgreens

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Growing Microgreens

GROWING PEA SHOOT MICROGREENS

 

  • Measure ½ cup of pea seeds for the personal size 6x6 grow tray

  • Measure 1½ cup of pea seeds for a 10x20 grow tray

  • Soak your seeds completely emerged under water for 8 to 12 hours

  • Drain off the soak water (use it to water your plants it has nutrients in it)

  • Rinse your pea seeds thoroughly with cool 60 to 70-degree water

  • Repeat soak and rinse in 8 – 12 hour intervals up to 3 more times or until you see little white root sprouts

  • Wet and place your grow medium in your growing tray

  • Sprinkle pea seeds evenly over your grow medium (some overlapping of seed is ok)

  • Gently water the seeds using a spray bottle the first time and bottom water after germination stage

  • Take your grow tray lid and turn it upside down and place it on top of your seeds and add a few rocks to make the peas work to grow as they would under soil

  • Keep the grow medium moist but not saturated during the germination stage misting 2 – 3 times daily

  • Germination 3 – 5 days, keep plants covered in a dark area for this time frame

  • Once the peas begin to push the lid up and are about an inch tall uncover them and introduce them to light



Lighting and Watering

Consider supplemental lighting if your environment lighting is insufficient.  Peas need a minimum of 8 to 16 hours a day of direct light or sunlight to thrive.  It is best to bottom water by lifting up the grow medium and pouring about a ½ inch of water into the grow tray and lowering the grow medium into the water.  This gives the roots the water they need to quench their thirst without injuring the tiny plants. Peas drink a lot of water, but be careful not to over water – if you see puddles, you have given them too much water.

 

Days to Maturity

With pea 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, pea microgreens are harvested at 3 - 5” in height. To grow your pea microgreens to the first cotyledon stage will take approximately 10 - 12 days from the moment you plant to harvest time.

 

Harvest

When you are ready to harvest pea 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.  Pea seeds thrive when left attached to their root base.

 

Storage

Shelf life ranges from 7 - 14 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

 

Pea 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. Peas also are prone to mold, to avoid mold, take hydrogen peroxide and mix about half and half with water in a spray bottle and spray your Pea seeds well before or during the germination process