How to Grow Your Own Microgreens & Baby Greens

Microgreens and Baby Greens are small tender greens, which may be harvested for their youngest leaves. They're packed with nutrients, about 40 times more than more mature greens, and easy to grow. Learn the steps to get growing with our Kitchen Garden kit from Botanical Interests, found in our seed starting deparment.

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PLANTING & CARE

  • Place perforated growing tray inside the solid drip tray. Place both inside the optional carrying tray (sold separately).
  • Fill with half a bag of Wonder Soil® Organic Seedling Mix. Slowly add 2½–3 cups of water until expanded into a light and fluffy sowing medium. Stir to aerate. 
  • Sow according to each packet variety’s seed depth and spacing recommendations. 
  • Water from the bottom by adding water to the solid drip tray, or from above by using a mister to avoid splashing soil. Check the drip tray a couple hours after watering and empty if there is still water in the tray.
  • Place the clear plastic dome over the growing tray to maintain humidity, moisture, and consistent temperature.
  • When seedlings emerge, remove dome and continue to water (using a mister or bottom watering; reducing soil splashing on leaves) as needed to keep media moist.
  • Keep indoors on a sunny windowsill or underneath grow lights. This can be as simple as a shop light with cool white fluorescent bulbs, or a mix of cool-white and warm-white tubes placed 1"–2" from the top of your plants, and run for 14 to 16 hours per day.

Extra Tips 

  • Optimal air temperature is 65°–75°F. 
  • Fertilizer isn’t necessary for microgreens, but for baby greens, you can apply either an organic or half-strength, balanced, liquid fertilizer once true leaves appear. 
  • Good air circulation is important to help prevent fungal disease.
  • For a continual crop, sow every 14 days.

Harvesting 

  • When seedlings emerge, the first leaf or pair of leaves to show are the cotyledons, which can look very different from the leaves that follow, called “true” leaves.
  • Microgreens are ready to harvest in about 7 to 14 days after sowing, when they have cotyledons, and baby greens are ready in about 20 days, when they have true leaves at 2"–4".
  • Once cut, microgreens will not regrow, although if some leaves are left intact on baby greens you may see regrowth.
  • Cool growing temperatures (below 65°F) may slow germination and growth. Harvest by cutting just above the soil line.
  • Rinse and use, or store dry micro- and baby greens in the refrigerator in a sealed container. See individual seed packets for more information about growing and