Brussels sprout microgreens are extremely easy to grow, making them a great choice for those who are new to microgreen gardening. Brussels sprout microgreens are deliciously mild-flavored and filled with nutrition. The tasty green leaves on white, purple, or pink stems can be added to your sandwich, smoothie, salad, or used as a healthy nutrient-boosting garnish for your favorite savory dishes.
Brussels sprout microgreens are rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. They contain high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, as well as manganese and folate. Brussels sprout microgreens are filled with antioxidants, which decrease the risk of chronic disease. They aid in blood clotting and regularity. Finally, Brussels sprout microgreens improve digestive health and bone health.
The following table provides an overview of brussels sprout microgreens.
|Flavor||Brussels sprout microgreens have a cabbage/broccoli flavor that is slightly bitter.|
|Pre-Soak (Yes/No)||Brussels sprout microgreens do not require presoaking.|
|Color||Brussels sprout microgreens feature a green leafy top on white, purple, or pink stems.|
|Germination Time||Brussels sprout microgreens germination time is 1 to 2 days.|
|Harvest Time||Brussels sprout microgreens estimated harvest time ranges from 9 to 13 days.|
|Green Thumb Level (1-5)||1 – Brussels sprout microgreens are fast-growing and quite easy to grow.|
Brussels sprout microgreens can easily be grown when you follow the step-by-step instructions listed below.
Here are the answers to some of the most common FAQs about Brussels sprout microgreens.
Like most microgreens, Brussels sprout microgreens do not regrow once harvested. To ensure you have plenty of Brussels sprout microgreens, consider planting one growing tray of Brussels sprout microgreens each week.
Brussels sprout microgreens are fast-growing and mature quickly. From the time you plant them until harvest time is a mere 9 to 13 days.
Brussels sprout microgreens can be used in soups, salads, on sandwiches, or as a garnish. Simply clean well with cool water and allow to air dry before using them.
Brussels sprout microgreens are super easy to grow. They can be grown in soil or a soilless growing medium; however, we recommend the following method to help ensure a successful and large harvest. You can opt for a starter kit or purchase individual pieces of equipment that you will need to grow Brussels sprout microgreens.
True Leaf Market offers a number of Brussels sprout microgreens growing kits. These kits come with everything you need to begin growing microgreens. Starter kits are used by beginners as well as expert microgreen gardeners. These kits come with seeds and the supplies you need to plant Brussels sprout microgreens.
If you decide to purchase your equipment separately, here is a list of items you will need:
Growing Medium – Brussels sprout microgreens are easy to grow and can be grown in soil or coconut coir. The most important thing when choosing soil is to find fine-grained soil that drains well. Microgreens are subject to mold and powdery mildew, which is why you want soil designed for microgreens.
Coconut Coir is a soilless mixture that improves aeration and reduces the risk of overwatering your Brussels sprout microgreens.
Organic seed starting potting soil promotes root growth and increases nutrient absorption for healthy microgreens.
Growing Trays – You will need three trays for your Brussels sprout microgreens – two trays for the bottom and one tray for the top. One tray will need to have holes; the other two should not have holes. The preferred growing tray is 10x20 inches; however, there are also square trays measuring 10 inches by 10 inches.
Trays with drain holes allows you to water from the bottom up to minimize mold and other diseases.
Trays with no drain holes are used for bottom watering as well as during the germination process.
Misting Bottle/Spray Can – A misting bottle or misting spray can allows you to gently water the soil and seeds without disturbing the seeds and roots.
Light Source – Once your Brussels sprout microgreens have sprouted, they need an ample amount of light. A grow light helps activate photosynthesis and prevents your microgreens from becoming leggy. A grow light helps ensure a large, healthy harvest.
(Optional) Microgreen Planting Rack – If you plan on growing multiple trays of microgreens, a rack can help you store your microgreens vertically, which helps save space. In addition to this, a microgreen planting rack allows you to attach grow lights to each shelf to improve the development of your Brussels sprout microgreens.
(Optional) Heating Mat – Brussels sprout prefer cooler temperatures. The seed will sprout once the soil temperatures reach at least 45°F to 80 °F. If you will be growing your Brussels sprout microgreens in an unheated garage or basement, you may need a heat map. Here is the one that we recommend:
(Optional) Circulation Fan – Microgreens, including Brussels sprout, are at an increased risk of mold. A circulation fan reduces the risk of mold by circulating air between your densely sown microgreen plants. Furthermore, fans can dry the top layer of soil to reduce root rot and powdery mildew.
The absolute most important thing when it comes to growing Brussels sprout microgreens is seeds. If a poor-quality seed is used, you will not get a large harvest. To help ensure that you reap a large harvest, you will need to purchase a high-quality seed like those offered by True Leaf Market.
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprout Microgreen Seeds by Mountain Valley Seed Co. is a fast-growing microgreen that is easy to grow. From the time you sow your Brussels sprout seeds to harvest averages 9 to 13 days. These microgreens have a delicious mild cabbage flavor, soft texture, and green leafy tops on pink, purple, and white stems.
Growing Brussels sprout microgreens is quite easy when you follow our proven step-by-step directions. After you have ordered and received your supplies, you will need to choose a location. After this, you are ready to begin planting your Brussels sprout microgreens.
You will need a total of three trays. Begin by placing a tray with drainage holes inside a tray without holes. This will allow you to water your Brussels sprout microgreens from the bottom, which can minimize the risk of disease and mold. Once you have set up your trays, you will want to add soil to the top tray (the one with drainage holes).
Begin spreading soil from the center towards the outside. When the tray is three-quarters of the way full, use the third tray to gently press down the soil to level it. Do not press so hard that it compacts the soil. You only want to level the soil. Continue adding soil and leveling it using your third tray until the soil level is right below the top of the tray.
After you have filled your tray up with soil, you will want to thoroughly water your soil. Use your misting bottle and wet your soil three times to ensure it is soaked from the top of the soil to the bottom of the soil. Remember any excess water will drain out of your growing tray with holes into the bottom growing tray without holes.
Once your soil is adequately moistened, it is time to plant your seeds. For a 10 inch by 20 inches grow tray, you will need one ounce of Brussels sprout microgreen seeds. Evenly spread the seeds across the soil. Then take a handful of your soil and run it between your fingers to ensure it is not clumped. Sprinkle the soil over your seeds and then water using your misting bottle.
Now that you have planted your seeds, you will want to use your third tray (without holes) to cover your seeds. The lid creates a blackout dome that should remain in place for three days. On the fourth day, you will want to turn your tray upside down and place it on top of your seeds for two more days.
When you turn your tray over, place a brick or other heavy item on top of your cover to strengthen the stems of your Brussels sprout microgreens and cause the roots to grow downward. While your seeds are germinating, you will need to keep an eye on the moisture level of your soil.
If your soil begins drying out, you can moisten the soil using your misting bottle or add water to the bottom tray and allow the microgreen roots to dray water up into the soil.
Once your seeds have germinated, it is time to remove the lid and expose your Brussels sprout microgreens to light and air. Brussels sprout microgreens respond well to light. Turn on the grow lights and start your circulation fan. Within a few days, your Brussels sprout microgreens’ leaves will turn dark green. Around day 10, you should be able to harvest your Brussels sprout microgreens.
When your Brussels sprout microgreens get a couple of inches tall and the cotyledons are fully developed, it will be harvest time. Harvesting your microgreens is fast and easy. All you need is a pair of sharp scissors or a sharp knife, a bowl of fresh, cool water, and some paper towels.
You want to ensure that all of your supplies are clean to prevent contamination of your microgreens. Wash your hands and your scissors or knife. Gently grasp the tops of your microgreens in one hand and snip the stems close to the soil level with your other hand. You want to ensure your knife or scissor is sharp enough that they make a clean cut rather than bruising or crushing the stems of your microgreens.
As you cut your microgreens, place them in a bowl of cool (not icy) water. Swirl the microgreens around to ensure any traces of dirt have been removed. If you have followed our directions, watered from the bottom, and snipped above soil level, there should be a minimal amount of dirt on your microgreens. If your microgreens are dirty, you may need to dunk in the water, remove, and dunk in fresh, cool water again.
Once you have cleaned your microgreens, you will want to dry them completely before storing them in your refrigerator. Spread out two layers of paper towels and place your microgreens in a single layer. Your circulation fan can help quickly dry your Brussels sprout microgreens; point it towards the microgreens and turn on low for about 15 minutes. It may be necessary to turn your microgreens over to help ensure they are totally dry.
Microgreens will need to be stored in an airtight container or zip-lock storage bag in your refrigerator. When your Brussels sprout microgreens are properly stored, they will last about a week. If you will be enjoying your microgreens in the next couple of days, you can store your microgreens in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer between two paper towels.
If you will be shipping your Brussels sprout microgreens, you will need airtight storage containers rather than zip lock bags. The storage containers help protect the delicate microgreens from bruising or damage. Gently wrap your microgreens in a paper towel before placing them in your container. The paper towel helps to protect the Brussels sprout during transport and absorbs any excess moisture.
Brussels sprout microgreens are delicious and nutritious. They add a hint of cabbage flavor to your soups, sandwiches, and salads. You can also use them as an edible garnish in your savory dishes.
Brussels sprout microgreens are one of the easiest microgreens to grow as long as our step-by-step directions are followed. All you need is to invest a couple of hundred dollars in equipment, and you will be on your way towards growing tasty and healthy microgreens.