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Organic cotton for sprouts and microgreens
ORGANIC COTTON FOR SPROUTS
Organic cotton for sprouts and microgreens in loose weight from Simply Gentle Organic.
This organic cotton is free from pesticides, dyes and toxins. It is therefore suitable for growing jelly seeds such as cress, chia, rocket, Tatsoi, Mizuna or mustard for sprouts and microgreens.
Your seeds only need 5mm of wet cotton in height. You can put the wet cotton in a small bowl, moisten it and spread the seeds on the cotton. The seeds will grow on the damp cotton wool until you harvest your sprouts 6 days later. If you decide to grow the seeds in microgreens then you should give the plants more cotton to grow to prevent those larger plants from falling over.
HOW SPROUTS GROW IN ORGANIC COTTON
How to grow your own organic sprouts on cotton in 6-7 days:
- Wash your hands.
- Take a handful of organic cotton wool out of the packaging. It should be about 5mm of cotton wool in height when the wet cotton is spread out under your seeds.
- Place the cotton in a clean bowl or flat side plate.
- Soak the cotton in clean, cold water until it is very wet.
- Sprinkle your organic seeds - cress, chia, rocket, mizuna or mustard - on the organic cotton wool. The seeds should be in one layer and just touch each other.
- For the next few days, the cotton should be slightly damp all the time until the sprouts have developed leaves. This takes about 6 days.
- When the sprouts have variegated leaves, they are ripe and ready to eat.
You can now harvest the ripe sprouts by cutting them 1 cm above the cotton wool. You can't eat the cotton wool by the roots, but the stem and beautiful leaves are crispy and delicious in all dishes.
HOW TO GROW MICROGREENS IN ORGANIC COTTON
Microgreens are larger plants that grow longer than sprouts. This means that you need a little more cotton wool + light + liquid fertilizer to grow your own microgreens on cotton wool. Here's how to do it:
- Wash your hands.
- Take a large handful of organic cotton wool from the package. It should be about 10mm of cotton wool in height when the wet cotton is spread among your microgreen seeds.
- Place the cotton in a clean bowl or high sided platter.
- Soak the cotton in clean, cold water until the cotton is very wet.
- Scatter your organic seeds - see all Microgreen seeds - on the organic cotton wool. The seeds should be in a layer with 1mm space between them to grow well in these larger microgreen plants.
- For the next 6-7 days - until the plants have developed variegated leaves - just keep the cotton slightly damp the whole time.
- On the 6th day and until harvest, the micro-green plants need a dew drop of fertilizer once a day - see fertilizers>
- Let your microgreens get extra light by placing them under an illuminated vault for 8-10 hours every day.
- When your microgreens have their first set of real leaves unfolded - the leaves after the first very small leaves - then the plants are ripe and ready for you to eat. It takes about 12 days for microgreens to whiz to grow from dry seeds to mature plants.
You can now harvest your mature microgreens by cutting them 1 cm above the cotton wool. You shouldn't eat the cotton wool by the roots. Instead, simply rinse the stems and leaves and enjoy your homemade microgreens raw, juicy or steamed in your dishes.
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