Home Grown Kit – Instructions

NOTE: These instructions will be replaced by specific instructions per product in the coming weeks with associated video tutorial.

Hopefully once the below steps have been completed, you will have successfully grown microgreens in your own home.

The instructions are very straight forward and easy to follow, however if you run into any trouble, you can head over to our Support section for troubleshooting advice.

Regardless of the Kit you chose, they all have these things in common;

  • 1x ReUsable Container
  • 1x Portion of Vermiculite
  • 1x Sachet of Seeds

In addition to this you will need the following;

  • 1 Cup of Water for soaking seeds (If Required)
  • 100ml or 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Sieve for draining seeds (Optional)
  • Paper towel for drying seeds (Optional)

Step One

Base Vermiculite Layer

Remove and separate the contents from the container.
Split the portion of vermiculite into two halves, roughly 1/2 cup each.
Return one half portion of vermiculite back into the container and keep the other half to one side.

Step Two

Depending on your kit choice, the seeds may require a soaking time before placing into the container.
Check the Table below for how long you will need to soak your seeds for.

Basil - Green
Kale - Tuscan
Radish - Red Arrow
Snow Pea - Maple
8 Hours
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
12 Hours
12 Hours
8 Hours
If you have a suggested seed we should stock, contact us.

Step Three

Once the seeds have soaked for the required amount of time, drain the seeds and rinse them thoroughly.

(Optional) Drying the seeds to make handling a little easier.

(Optional) Remove excess water by resting them on a sheet of paper towel and lightly pat them dry.
This will make handling them and distributing them a little easier.

Once you’ve done this a couple times, you can skip the drying process.

Step Four

Evenly distribute seeds over vermiculite layer. Wheatgrass seeds shown.

When distributing seeds, ensure that they are evenly spread and aren’t clumped up (this can cause molding if not properly aerated or over watered).
If you’re happy with the distribution of seeds, then proceed to the next step.

Step Five

Layer topped off and water soaked vermiculite.

Evenly spread the remaining one half portion of vermiculite over the evenly distributed seeds. This doesn’t need to be perfect, just good enough so that it isn’t piled into one spot but covering the seeds.
Once the remaining vermiculite is in the container, it is time to do the initial watering.
Pour the 1/2 Cup of water slowly and evenly over the vermiculite to ensure no wells or pits are made and that the water soaks evenly.
Let this sit for 5 minutes to allow the water to spread through the vermiculite.
If you find that there are still some dry spots and you can’t see any water pooling in the base of the container, feel free to add little amounts of water to the dry areas.
If you add too much water, you can pour the excess out by gently supporting the entire surface of the vermiculite with your hand and up ending slowly.

Step Six

Now we are at the waiting stage… You will need to place the prepared container in a darkish (doesn’t need to be pitch black) place for 3 days. This allows the seeds to germinate and start their sprouting process.

Step Seven

The days have rolled on (3 Days) and hopefully you haven’t forgotten about the seed container and now you’re ready to watch grass grow (If you chose Barley or Wheatgrass, that’s basically what you’ll be doing).
The sprouts now need light to finish out the rest of its grow time, so place them somewhere where they will get plenty of it. The sprouts will also need some decent ventilation so place in a good air flow area. Or you can provide the air flow via a small desktop fan if you need.
If you place them in direct sunlight, ensure that they don’t receive more than half a days worth and ensure they are well watered.
This means that the vermiculite needs to stay damp and not dry or have any pooling of water.

Step Eight

Once you have waited the amount of time required for your chosen seed, you can then start harvesting. The sprouts should be in the ‘True Leaf’ stage, which is that they are starting to grow their ‘adult’ leaf.
That being said, if you like, you can harvest a day or so before depending on the seed choice and up to how ever long after as long as they get enough water and light.
Some of the sprouts you can get multiple harvests of, for example; Wheatgrass and Barley. Past a couple harvests, you’ll need to start introducing a liquid fertilizer.
If you choose to harvest all the sprouts in one go, you can store them in the fridge in the same container you harvested them from (recycle recycle recycle), as long as you’ve cleaned out the vermiculite.
They should keep for up two weeks if stored in the fridge.

Step Nine (Bonus Round)

Once you’ve run out of Microgreens, come back and buy some more and repeat!

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