Germination Plates: When & How to use them!

Germination Plates: When & How to use them!

Not every microgreen variety grows equally - some like it more dark than others in the beginning - which is why we have created germination plates to increase your growing success

Have you ever wondered why some seed pads do not seem to grow as quickly or don’t yield as many microgreens as others? This has to do with the specific needs of the microgreen seed during the germination phase. We have put together a guide to help you increase your growing success!

Why germination plates?

Before growing into beautiful microgreens, the seeds germinate during the first 2-3 days. This is a critical time for their growth success later and is mostly affected by water, temperature, oxygen, light, and seed quality. 

The germination plates support this process in two ways:

  1. Maintain Humidity: they help the seeds maintain enough moisture and thus lower the risk of the seed pads drying out (but do make sure that the seed pads are completely soaked before placing germination plates!) 
  2. Cover Light: light becomes most crucial after the seeds start sprouting, thus the plates help maintain darkness for the seeds and aid with faster germination.

But won’t the plates cut off the oxygen supply or suppress the sprouts? Nope!

  • Oxygen: The oxygen supply is still sufficient even though the plates are on top of the seeds.
  • Sprouts: we recommend removing the plates after 2-3 days once the sprouts lift the plates; however, don’t worry if you forget to do it immediately - it won’t affect the sprouts if you leave them on a day too long. 

When to use your plates? 

We recommend using the germination plates for optimal growth for the first 2-3 days. Once the sprouts start lifting the plates, you can remove them. Ensure that the led light source is on, so the sprouts get the light and warmth they need to grow into beautiful microgreens.

How to use your plates? 

germination plate

*For easier removal of the plates we suggest pouring a little bit of water over the plates first to avoid seeds sticking to it when you lift them off.

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