The seed amount in each sprouter should fit your sprouter size and design. This will benefit the healthy growth of your sprouts and microgreens.
3 TIPS TO THE RIGHT SEED AMOUNT
The right seed amount in the sprouter affect the plants’ ability to stay healthy during their growth. So here you can find 3 tips to measure the seed amount correctly.
- Too many versus too few seeds.
- How to know the right seed amount.
- How to ‘save’ the wrong seed amount.
When you use these 3 tips, your plants will thirve and be much easier to cultivate with succes for you.
1 TOO MANY VERSUS TOO FEW SEEDS
Your plants need oxygen and moisture from the time the seeds start to sprout and till you eat the mature plants. Without oxygen and sufficient amounts of moisture the plants will go bad.
If there are too many seeds in your sprouter, the seeds and – in time plants – will grow too close together. This means that they cannot get rid of excess water and thus take in the oxygen they need to breathe.
You can see if there are too many seeds in the sprouter in that the seeds and sprouts will rot.
But too few seeds in a sprouter is just as bad. This as too few seeds will make it difficult for the seeds and sprouts to hold the moisture level in the sprouter between each rinse.
The result of too few seeds is often that the seeds and sprouts will easily dry out out and wither.
So measuring the right amount of seeds for your sprouter is alfa and omega for your cultivation to be easy and succesful. In the next tip, you can see how to measure right.
2 HOW TO MEASURE THE SEED AMOUNT
The seed amount depends on the sprouter, you have chosen for your cultivation.
In a tray sprouter like my own SproutPearl sprouter the seeds lie in one spread out layer. This makes it easy for you to measure correctly every time.
The rule of thump in a SproutPearl is that the dry seeds spread in one layer and just touching each other should fill 3/4 of the seed tray.
But you will also get a visual overview of the right amount for each seed variety in the brochure I give you every time you purchase the SproutPearl.
3 HOW TO CORRECT THE WRONG AMOUNT OF SEEDS
You will soon become accustomed to recognizing the right amount of seeds as soon as you pour the soaked seeds into the seed container. This means that you can often correct too few seeds quickly.
You can correct too few seeds in a SproutPearl in two ways:
1) You can either soak some extra seeds and add them to the sprouter as soon as possible.
2) You can gather the seeds in one end of the tray. This will make it easier for the moisture to cling to the seeds and sprouts instead of evaporating too fast.
Be aware that the seeds should always be distributed in one even layer in the SproutPearl seed tray. This is because, if the seeds are clumped together, they can not get enough vital oxygen.
Too many seeds in a SproutPearl sprouter is just as easy to correct as too few seeds.
If you have soaked and just poured the seeds into the sprout tray, you can simply move some of the seeds to the next tray.
This is possible as I have designed the SproutPearl, so you can build up to 5 trays into this sprouter. Just use the same rule of thump when you redistribute the seeds into the next tray: Soaked seeds should fill 3/4 of the tray.
You can do this trick with transferring the seeds right until day 3 of the cultivation.
After day 3 the sprouts have grown too big and they may easily break if you move them. In this case simply be extra attentive to your sprouts and harvest a.s.a.p.