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One common question that is asked by customers who are considering growing their own microgreens at home is whether the microgreens will keep on growing after the initial harvest cut.
This question derives from a need to be thrifty consumers and to have their growing efforts be ongoing.
Unfortunately microgreens are harvested just after the plant develops their first set of leaves and the delicate stems are cut just above the soil line. The plant needs a lower set of leaves to remain on the stem in order to continue to grow, therefore I tell customers their microgreen plant will not continue to grow after harvest.
Watch for ungerminated seeds
Even if the leaves will not grow back, there is good news because since the microgreens are planted with a high density of seeds, there are always a certain percentage of seeds that do not germinate because of overcrowded conditions. When the microgreens are harvested, light and air circulation is allowed back into the harvested area, and any ungerminated seeds might now sprout.
Continue to mist water the plant as usual and watch for new growth for about 5 to 7 days. You might get another harvest, but don't expect it to be as lush as the original. After that. the plant can be placed in the compost bin.
The great thing about buying a live plant versus packaged microgreens, is you can harvest fresh microgreens as needed. Just snip off enough for your sandwich or recipe, and let the rest stay fresh in their growing dish.
Harvest microgreen leaves before they turn bitter
When the microgreen plant begins to develop the second or third set of leaves, the taste may turn bitter. This will vary depending on the type of microgreen, so for best flavor, harvest just as the second set of leaves develop. Before the microgreens become too mature, you can always harvest and keep the microgreens in an airtight container for 3-7 days in the refrigerator. Be sure to seed another dish as the microgreens approach harvest size so you don't run out of fresh microgreens. Keep a 7-10 day cycle going if you are an avid consumer of microgreens.
Hello gardeners and foodie fans. We are James LeValley and Cathy LeValley, owners of New Earth Micro Farm llc and our Good Carb Foods brand.