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Grow Cilantro Microgreens!

Soil Method (cilantro, beet, chard)

Best not grown in hot conditions

You will need:

  • 10” x 20” gardening trays (1-inch-tall preferred), 1 with holes + 1 without.  Smaller microgreen trays also work well.
  • Good quality organic starting soil mix
  • Parchment paper or unbleached paper towel (optional)
  • Dome lids (clear or black) or plastic sheet
  • Organic seed
  • Mister bottle, cup measures, garden spray nozzle (optional)
  • Scissors or sharp knife
  1. Soak the Seed

Soak approximately 1/3 c of seed for 4 hours.

  1. Prepare Soil

Add water to top of the bag (or each tray) 12 hours ahead of use until almost fully hydrated. Rehydrate the bag as necessary.  If you were to put the soil in your hand and squeeze it, you should not be able to get much more than a drop of water out of it for the perfect moisture content.  If you want to mist the seed after putting it on the soil, reduce the water hydration of the bagged soil a bit.

TIP: To check for overwatering, tip the tray to one end. Water should not pool enough to drip out of the tray.

  1. Fill Trays with Soil

Use a tray with holes. Fill with 3/4-1.5” of soil. The closer to the top of the tray the better aid to air circulation. Use a block or your hand to smooth and flatten the soil without compacting it. The back of a tablespoon or spatula smooths out the valleys. You can wait to put the tray without holes under until after unstacking/uncovering or add it to the bottom now.

TIP: Place a layer or two of paper towel on the bottom of the tray before adding soil for easier cleanup.

  1. Sow the Seed

Spread the soaked seed evenly over the soil in the tray. The seeding density depends on the stage at which you’re planning to harvest.  You should have one layer of seeds, side by side and mostly not overlapping. Spread out any clumps with a spoon or your hands. Sow slightly less seed for 2-3 week microgreens.

  1. Cover the Seed

Doing away with soil as a seed cover decreases the work and time it takes to grow the greens.   If stacking the trays on top of each other, use a cover directly on the seed like parchment paper, a plastic sheet or wet unbleached paper towel layer. When not stacking trays, the seed will need protection from drying out by using a dome/lid. Use a clear dome or an inverted 10 x 20” tray without holes. For smaller trays, use several layers of  unbleached paper towels folded onto itself with or without a plastic sheet covering the top.

TIP: Most microgreens will grow taller when you keep the light out at the beginning, but this may make the stem weaker.  Most seeds germinate in the light no problem.

  1. Stack Trays

Stacking helps to quickly force the roots into the soil, provides darkness, promotes even germination/growth. Stack 2-5 filled trays on top of each other with an empty tray on the top of the stack with a weight in it.  Check at least once a day to see if the trays need water. Stack beet, cilantro, and chard for 4 days.

  1. Expose to Indirect Sunlight, Florescent/LED or Grow Lights.

After 2-5 days, the microgreens should be ready for light. If the microgreens begin to get quite tall and leggy, this is an indication that they may need a bit more light.

  1. Water the Growing Microgreens

Check the seed once or twice daily and water as needed. The soil should be moist, not wet.  Once trays are unstacked, add water from below into the no holes tray as necessary.

  1. Harvest!

Beet, cilantro, and swiss chard microgreens are harvested at 12-21 days with scissors or a sharp knife. Make sure microgreens are not damp before storing. If needed, you may use a small fan or salad spinner to dry the microgreens before storing in a sealed container in the fridge.

Instead of harvesting all at once, you can start to harvest microgreens as soon as the first two leaves are spread out. Take only what you need for your meal and allow the rest to keep growing or put the tray in the fridge loosely covered and a plastic bag or dome to harvest another day. Water as necessary.

  1. Enjoy!

Microgreens make everything better, so have fun with them and add them to your favourite dishes!

Helpful tips:

  • To moisten your bag of soil, add water ahead until almost fully hydrated.
  • The roots grow under the soil so it works well to water from below if the tray has holes in it, or open the side of the tray and pour water beside the soil when using flexible plastic trays. Otherwise misting or watering from the top works well too.


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  1. mattbg

    Great, fresh flavour and good germination rate.

    I have tried three methods for sprouting these. Sprouting without a medium did not work well. Sprouting embedded but not covered in soil and covered with plastic did not work well. The only one that worked well was with the seeds buried in a thin layer of soil open to the air with no cover.

    They take a long time to germinate (7+ days) but that’s life.

  2. Sprouts Lover

    Very happy to receive my order in a very well packed box.
    Have started to grow the bean sprouts right away.
    Have not got the chance to grow the coriander seeds yet.
    Will not be able to comment yet, perhaps in a later date.

  3. Sprouts Lover

    Received the pack of coriander seeds. Thanks! Have not use it yet. Will send in comment after I got a chance to grow it.

  4. Ada

    Love the fresh take time to grow but I can pick it right on soup

  5. Ada L

    Love the fresh take time to grow but I can pick it right on soup

  6. Leen

    I was prepared to plant these seeds in soil, but when I looked at the packaging it suggested that I could sprout the seeds with just water. I rinsed 2x daily for a couple of days before I realized that it just wasn’t going to work. I’d also discovered that there were differing opinions on whether to soak the seeds and for how long. I planted some without soaking and then planted the seeds that I’d rinsed for a couple of days. Huge difference. The latter produced a quicker crop and it looked as though virtually all of the seeds had produced plants. In the end I was very happy with the seeds and I look forward to planting more. I grew the micro greens specifically for a potato soup and the intense flavour of the greens was superb.