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Add some of these delicious black oil sunflower microgreens to a salad or sandwich, or serve as a refreshing and nutritious side dish. These microgreens are full of fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Growing sunflower microgreens is easy to do with these microgreen seeds. Sunflower greens have a nutty flavor compared to other micro greens.
How to Grow Microgreens:
- Find a south-facing window with plenty of sunlight or install an inexpensive growlight. I’ve found that a growlight mounted under kitchen cabinets works perfectly for growing greens on the counter if you have the space to do it. In warmer months, these can also be easily grown outside.
- Place an inch of organic potting soil in the bottom of a shallow tray or planted tray with or without drainage holes and smooth out to be as even as possible. Alternately, clear an area of your garden or get creative.
- Scatter seeds over the surface of the soil evenly. You will spread more seeds than you would if just planting the seeds to grow to full size, since they will only get 1-2 inches tall and you want to harvest as many as possible from each tray. TIP: Soaking the seeds overnight will speed sprouting time, but make it more difficult to scatter them. You may need to soak your seeds first.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and spray the surface with clean, filtered water. I use an upcycled glass vinegar bottle with a misting spray top.
- Place on the warming mat, if using, and under the grow light or near the window to allow for them to start to grow.
- Mist the seeds a couple of times a day to keep the soil evenly moist while waiting to see the seed starting.
- Greens are usually ready to harvest in 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of seed used.
- To grow another crop, either remove the roots and replant or dump the entire tray in the compost and fill with more soil to replant. If you dump in the compost, some straggler seeds usually volunteer and make a crop of their own a few weeks later.