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Age of seeds?
If purchasing off another grower who’s going out of business….if TrueLeaf organic seeds are 20+ months old and stored in buckets (due to large quantity) will they still be good?
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When considering purchasing seeds from another grower, especially if they are over 20 months old, several factors come into play to determine their viability and quality. Here are key points to consider: 1. Seed Viability Storage Conditions The viability of seeds largely depends on how well they were stored. Seeds stored in cool, dry, and dark conditions tend to maintain their viability longer. If the buckets were kept in such an environment, there's a good chance the seeds are still viable. Packaging If the seeds were stored in airtight containers, like sealed buckets, this would help preserve their viability by protecting them from moisture and pests. 2. Testing Seed Viability -Germination Test Before making a large purchase, perform a simple germination test. Take a sample of the seeds and place them on a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag. Keep it in a warm place and check for sprouting over a few days. This will give you an indication of the germination rate. Seed Appearance: Inspect the seeds visually. Look for any signs of mold, discoloration, or a musty smell, which could indicate poor storage conditions or degradation. 3. Storage Duration Seed Lifespan: Different seeds have different lifespans. While many microgreen seeds can remain viable for several years if stored properly, it's always best to use seeds within a year or two for optimal germination rates. TrueLeaf organic seeds are generally of high quality, but after 20 months, it's prudent to test them before fully committing. 4. Potential Risks and Benefits Cost-Effectiveness: If the seeds are offered at a significantly reduced price, it might be worth the investment, provided the germination test shows acceptable results. Backup Plan: Consider purchasing a smaller quantity initially to test their performance. If they perform well, you can then decide to buy more. 1. Practical Advice: Germination Rate Adjustment: If you find the germination rate is slightly lower, you can compensate by sowing seeds a bit more densely to ensure a full tray of microgreens.
Spice Up Ready Made Meals w/ Microgreens!
Hey everyone! I can't really call this a "recipe." All I did was heat up some ready made Butter Chicken from Sam's Club (it was REALLY good btw), cooked some quinoa, and topped it with pea shoots! This was SO good and easy! Just an idea for anyone you may talk to that says they don't want to buy bc they don't "cook." All I did was boil water (for the quinoa) and add the rest 🤷🏽 Heck! You can actually buy quinoa already cooked or make minute rice in the microwave! Too easy weeknight meal! 😋
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Spice Up Ready Made Meals w/ Microgreens!
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Simple quick meals can still be good meals
Kickstart Your Week: Set Your Microgreens Goals!
Happy Monday 🎉 As we dive into a new week, let's take a moment to set our goals and intentions. Setting clear goals not only helps us stay focused but also keeps us motivated and accountable. Here are a few steps to help you get started: 1. Reflect on Last Week: What went well? What challenges did you face? Learning from the past helps us improve. 2. Set SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals give us clear direction. 3. Plan Your Actions: Break down your goals into smaller, actionable steps. What do you need to do daily to achieve them? 4.Stay Accountable: Share your goals with the group! Let's support each other and check in throughout the week. What are your top three goals for this week? Share them in the comments and let's encourage each other to reach our targets! Looking forward to seeing everyone's goals and supporting each other on this journey!
Temperature question
When growing microgreens indoors, in FL weather (upwards of 80 degrees and 36% humidity during day) would there be an issue? During the evenings it’ll be around 70-72 degrees and 38-40% humidity. If I turn on grow lights in evening, would the daytime temps kill the greens?
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Microgreens generally thrive in temperatures between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. While 80 degrees is on the higher side, it won't necessarily kill the greens if managed correctly. However, consistently high temperatures can stress the plants, leading to slower growth, wilting, or even mold and fungal issues due to increased transpiration and reduced airflow. Humidity at 36% during the day is relatively low for microgreens, which typically prefer humidity levels between 40-60%. Low humidity can cause the soil to dry out faster, necessitating more frequent watering. Evening humidity levels of 38-40% are still on the lower end, but slightly better. Strategies to Mitigate High Daytime Temperatures Running grow lights in the evening when temperatures drop to 70-72 degrees is a great strategy. This will prevent the additional heat generated by the lights from compounding the daytime heat. Evening temperatures are more optimal for microgreens, allowing them to photosynthesize effectively without added stress. Use fans or air conditioning to maintain a stable indoor temperature. Proper ventilation can help keep temperatures down and ensure adequate air circulation. Utilize a humidifier to maintain optimal humidity levels around 50-60%. This will support healthy growth and prevent the substrate from drying out too quickly. Hope this Helps
Feedback Friday: Share Your Wins and Challenges! 🌱
Happy Friday It’s Feedback Friday, a day dedicated to reflecting on our week and sharing our experiences with the community. Today's Focus: Wins and Challenges We all have our ups and downs in the journey of growing microgreens. Sharing these experiences can help us learn from each other and grow together. Here are some prompts to get the conversation started: Wins: What’s a success you had this week with your microgreens? It could be a particularly good harvest, successfully trying a new variety, or finding a solution to a persistent problem. Challenges: What challenges did you face this week? Whether it’s issues with lighting, pests, or anything else, sharing your struggles can help us find solutions together. How did you overcome a specific challenge, or what strategies are you planning to try? Your insights could be incredibly helpful to others in the group. Remember, every challenge is an opportunity to learn and improve. Let’s support each other and celebrate our progress, no matter how small. Share your experiences in the comments below, and let’s end the week on a high note! Looking forward to reading your stories and providing support where needed. Have a wonderful weekend, and see you all for Showcase Saturday! 🌿✨
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