Microgreens are so easy to grow that now, practically anyone can grow them at home! With a healthier and more nutritious punch. They might be small in size, but the best part is that most microgreens only need up to a month or even 2-3 weeks to grow and mature.
However, today we’ll be talking about a specific microgreen. It has long roots; it’s darker than blood and is sweet in taste. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Yes! You guessed it right! Today I will give you a step by step guide to growing beetroot microgreens at home! But before that, let’s see the benefits of beetroot.
Benefits of Beetroot:
- A great source of dietary fiber not only helps in better digestion but also helps to lower your cholesterol level.
- Beetroots are rich in iron, potassium, nitrates, and vitamin C and help in curing and preventing fatigue, anaemia and heart diseases.
- It is a common agent used for lowering blood pressure resulting in the prevention of heart stroke. It also relaxes and dilates the blood vessels for better circulatory system.
- The nitrates present in beetroots, use less oxygen while physical exercise, which increases the efficiency of mitochondria, providing more energy during exercise.
- Due to its property of making blood, beetroot helps in avoiding cancer.
- Beetroot is an excellent way to boost your stamina as well as making your skin and bones stronger since the bone marrow becomes richer in essential nutrients like folate, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Step by Step Guide to Grow Beetroot Microgreens:
Before we get into this, you will need to prepare these simple equipment. A clean, transparent container/ tray (5”x5”), fertile soil with around 6.0 to 7.0 pH, and a fluorescent light for heat. A spray bottle to keep the beetroot hydrated and healthy, so it does not die. However, in the daylight make sure to keep the plant in the sunlight, in a window sill.
For better and satisfactory results, plant the seeds by yourself instead of planting a beetroot seedling. This prevents the root from being damaged as well as having a threat of pesticides or any kind of harm.
While sowing the seeds, keep in mind to fill the soil a little more than half in your container and plant the seeds about 2 cm deep so that soil can overlap them.
One of the biggest disadvantages of microgreens is their need for lots of attention and care. Watering them daily, without fail, and mixing the soil to make it richer and also distributing the essential mineral salts for better quality.
However, don’t water them too much. This can also be a reason for slow growth or destroyed plant. Growing microgreen also requires you to thin out your plants. Especially in the case of these beetroot leaves since they are thicker than usual leaves. This takes up excess nutrients needed by the beetroot to grow. So regularly cut out some leaves that have grown over 10 cm.
The temperature of the soil goes hand in hand with water since they directly affect the growth and quality of the plant. For beetroot, you should set the soil to 10°C (50 °F), and temperatures should not exceed 20-25 °C at most, which makes spring the ideal season for growing beetroot microgreens.
Fertilizing your beetroot microgreens at least 2-3 times and a total of 4-6 liters is more than enough for faster growth and good quality sprouts. According to botanists, it is beneficial for the plant to use more quantity of nitrogen in your fertilizer since it is helpful for the growth of roots and leaves.
Again make sure not to overdo the amount. Anything in excess is harmful. And so is nitrogen. It hinders the growth of roots, and you will notice a lot of leafy growth. This way your beetroot gets affected and will not be of premium quality.
Beetroot takes about 50-70 days to fully mature and ready to be harvested. Well, how will you know they are ready to be harvested?
Simple, when you see the root emerging from the top of the soil. This is preferred to be the right size, just about the size of a small orange. It not only looks good but tastes even more heavenly with its just-right sweetness and easy-to-run-your-knife-through texture.
If you want a bigger sized beetroot, you can use the technique of picking out the alternative beetroot microgreens. Leave them in the soil till next spring for the desired size and that typical woody texture.
When harvesting the beetroot from the soil, cut the beetroot from the top, leaving about 5cm (2”), which prevents the beetroot from bleeding and losing its freshness. Beetroots can be eaten in many ways. You can either boil them, cook them or even eat it raw in a salad.
The leaves of the beetroot taste like spinach and are also very nutritious, so don’t throw them out, and to store them, place them in water that reaches till the bottom of the stems.
With time many beet seed varieties have been discovered. The most common is known as Bull’s Blood and is from the high-quality seeds category. Other seeds in this category include Detroit Dark Red, Red Ace, Early Wonder Tall Top, etc.. However, all these are from the red colored variation of beetroot which is its truest color.
There are even gold, white, and sugar varieties, with all being equally delicious and healthy. So what are you waiting for? Get your essential equipment ready and start growing microgreens at home now! I promise you it is worth every minute and penny you spend on them as they repay you with a long fit life ahead.