Cress microgreens - Gilė Sprout

Sprouting Instructions

Cress microgreens

Hello guys,

Let’s speak about microgreen which is loved by all Gile Sprout team. A rich peppery taste is only one aspect why we like cress so much. Another – super fast-growing. Follow the steps and you will get fresh microgreens after one week.

Step 1: Choosing seeds (Day 1)


Choose organic raw cress seeds. Very important to know that cress is a mucilaginous seed. That means these seeds turn into a gel upon contact with moisture so it shouldn’t be pre-soaked. You will end up with a sticky viscous substance that is difficult to spread on the growing medium.


Step 2: Medium and tray preparation (Day 1)


You can choose any tray you want: plastic, clay or wooden. For cress microgreens growing we will use soil. The ground layer in a tray should be about 3-4 centimeters. Sprinkle the soil.

Step 3: Planting (Day 1)

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Scatter cress seeds over the moist soil. Seeds should beautifully cover the ground, but not to be too close to each other. Water them again with sprayer. Watering is needed every day. The earth should be neither dry nor too wet.

Step 4: Covering (Day 1)


Cover the tray with another tray or using a simple plastic wrap from your kitchen and make many small holes in it or use special lid for microgreens growing until the seeds are sprouted. Cress seeds germinate best in a dark.

Step 5: Checking humidity level and progress (Day 2-3)

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Check the moisture level daily.

Step 6: Uncovering (Day 4)


After 2-4 days, when cress starts to grow, take off the lid and move the tray onto a sunny window sill or a LED shelf.

Step 7: Growing and watering (Day 5-7)

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If you are using our LED shelf, do not forget that plants also need to sleep. Keep the lights on for 14-16 hours a day or just turn it off when you go to bed and turn on in the morning. Remember to water your plants. Best in the morning. Young sprouts should be sprayed and older plants should be sprayed and sprinkled.

Step 8: Harvesting and eating (Day 8)


On the 7th to 10th day of cultivation, fresh cress microgreens can already be enjoyed. We suggest you taste them every day and decide when the taste is the best for you. It is recommended to use kitchen scissors for cutting. Cut over the ground. You can cut them as much as you need for one day or cut them all and keep in the refrigerator like any other salad in a plastic bag or container.

It took 8 days for us to grow cress microgreens but as you can see from pictures, it could be harvested on day 5 or 6 if you are hungry for them. I will repeat now but the main tip for growing perfect cress microgreens is not to sow them too densely. And of course, you need the best quality seeds for a successful harvest, which you can find here.

Good luck!

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