Tuesday, September 26, 2023

How to Grow Clover Microgreens Quickly and Simply

Clover is also known as a cover crop or ground cover. Perhaps you recall hunting through clover patches for that fortunate four-leaf token as a child. What you probably didn’t realise is that clover can be eaten! Clover microgreens are a fun and easy way to bring taste, nutrition, and good luck to your life.

Clover microgreens are a gorgeous pale green with a faint flavour. They resemble alfalfa sprouts but have large, crisp cotyledons. They also do not retain their seed hulls, unlike alfalfa sprouts, which means less work for you! In reality, these microgreens need very little effort. They grow quickly and are ready to harvest in less than 12 days. Clover microgreens provide several health advantages, particularly for women. They aid improve hormone balance, alleviate PMS symptoms, and even minimise hot flashes during menopause. This plant may also be used to relieve a sore throat, offer vitamins like as potassium and calcium, and promote digestive, skin, and prostate health. Clover, on the other hand, is not FDA-approved and should not be ingested by anybody who is pregnant or nursing.

Clover isn’t commonly consumed by humans since its mature leaves contain cyanide. Cyanogenesis is a fairly frequent plant defence mechanism (discovered in over 3000 species!). The good news is that clover microgreens are cyanide-free and one of the few safe methods to consume clover. We gather microgreens before they become real leaves and begin their chemical studies. Clover microgreens include just the cotyledons, which aren’t real leaves and don’t contain anything hazardous.

So, if you’re ready to start producing tasty microgreens that grow swiftly, let’s get started with clover microgreens. You’ll be devouring this delectable snack before you can say ‘Trifolium!’
Clover Microgreens Growing
With the exception of its soil, clover microgreens grow similarly to most other microgreens. As a result, you’ll be able to repurpose the majority of these items in future gardening projects.

Seeds: choose organic red clover seeds (or any other clover species). True Leaf Market’s are our top picks.
Coconut coir as a growing medium
For the greatest results, use a T5 grow lamp.
Growing trays: one 10′′x20′′ or two 10′′x10′′ with drainage holes, and one 10′′x20′′ without the Spray bottle
Shears for the kitchen
The most common organic clover species are red clover and white clover (both have green leaves, the colour name refers to their flowers). However, most species are quite similar in the microgreen stage, so whatever seeds you select are good! Just make sure you get healthy microgreen seeds from a reliable source. Per 1020 tray, you’ll need roughly an ounce of microgreens seeds.

Clover microgreens require a soilless media to thrive in. Coconut coir is the most preferred material. This organic medium retains water efficiently while still allowing for adequate drainage. Fine-grained vermiculite or a hemp-growing mat may also be used. However, in a pinch, you can cultivate clover microgreens in organic seed-starting soil.

These microgreens seeds do not need soaking before planting. They should have a good germination rate and vigorous sprouts without any further assistance.

Clover microgreen seeds, as previously stated, like a hydroponic media such as coconut coir or vermiculite for sprouting. Fill the tray with drainage holes to just below the brim with your preferred soil. Tamp the earth down and smooth it out. Then, evenly distribute your microgreens seeds throughout the surface. Make sure the seeds aren’t overlapping (we don’t want the sprouts battling for room!).

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