Black eye pea instructions
How to Grow Pea Micro-greens
- Soak: Yes; soak for 8 hours
- Rinse/drain: Yes until germination
- Time to germinate: 2-3 days
- Time to harvest: 8-14 days
Top Tip: Pea microgreens will re-grow after being harvested; keep looking after them!
Your step by step guide to growing pea microgreens
Step 1 – Soaking the seed
You can rinse them before placing them in a bowl of cold water for 8-12 hours. This will encourage germination. You don’t need to germinate them but it will speed it up. Experiment if it actually does germinate faster.
Once you have soaked them overnight, you can go ahead and plant them in your tray.
Step 2 – Planting
The next step is to choose a tray that has drainage holes. This will allow you to put a water tray underneath and control the moisture levels of the plants without soaking their leaves or the seeds.
You’ll also need to choose a growing medium. One inch of your preferred potting mix is fine. You can use coconut coir too.
The growing medium should be loose in the tray, packing it down will make it harder for the roots to find their way and get established. Before sprinkling the seeds over your tray it is a good idea to soak the growing medium. You can also sprinkle a little extra of the grow media over the seeds; they do like it dark.
Once planted, you should cover them for 2-3 days. You will need to water the soil every day during this period. The drainage holes will ensure excess water drains out onto the tray.
After 2-3 days you’ll see signs of germination. Wait a few more days until they develop their first leaves. If they are 2 inches high it’s time to remove the cover and let them soak up the light.
Step 3 – Maintaining
You’ll now need to watch your plants every day to ensure they are moist enough and are growing well. Keep your eyes open for mold as you’ll need to treat this quickly if it does appear.
During the growing stage, you can taste the pea microgreens and harvest them when you like them. This should be between days 8-14.
Don’t forget your first time is a learning curve, you can always tweak the procedures on your next attempt.