This reusable food-grade plastic container can be used as the growing vessel. The label on the lid has brief growing instructions on the back for quick reference.
Take out the disk and fill the container with warm tap water or filtered water, leaving about 0.5 inch headspace.
Carefully peel off the label starting from the corners and pulling towards the centre on each side.
The disk will float on the water at first, then it will soak up water and gradually sink to the bottom.
Each variety of microgreens has an optimal soaking time, ranging from a few minutes to several hours. Use the times on the labels as a guide.
After the initial soak, gently hold down the disk and tilt the container to pour out the excess water from the container.
The disk will retain enough water to support the germinating seeds. Keep the flaps down - this will create a breathable greenhouse and facilitate rooting.
After a few days, depending on the variety, microgreens will emerge and lift the casing flaps. Now you can help them by teasing the folds apart, but let the microgreens do the lifting.
Keep the microgreens growing by watering them as needed. If you notice the top of the casing is dry, add a bit of water. If you notice standing water in the container after ten minutes, carefully pour it out.
Microgreens grow well in moderate to bright light. A kitchen windowsill or a countertop that gets some indirect light works great. Colourful varieties, such as purple kohlrabi, pink radish or red cabbage need as much light as possible to develop their pigments. Strong, direct sunlight can dry out the disks quickly, and they may need to be watered a couple of times a day.
Cut the stems close to the base. This is easier to do if you transfer the disk onto a plate and pull the paper casing outward to expose the stems. Wash very thoroughly before using. Enjoy!