Lentil Red Microgreens are one of the most popular microgreens, certainly one of our favourites too! Lentils come in many colours but this particular variety is light green in colour and as it sprouts it reveals inside its light yellow colouring.
Lentils are fun and easy to grow, both as a microgreen and as sprouts. As microgreen Lentils are long and spindly, whilst sprouts are small and crunchy with a nutty taste.
Feel free to mix with Green Lentils for a highly nutritious and great looking combo.
Culture For Growing Lentil Red Sprouting Seeds:
Wide mouth jars
Lentil Red Microgreen Seeds
Soak the seeds in water at room temperature - there should be enough water to cover the seeds. When choosing a container to soak your seed in bear in mind that seeds swell up to 4 times their original size during this period. The seeds should be left for roughly 8-12 hours as a guide, beans and grains need at least this length of time and smaller seeds may need less.Soaking is how we begin the sprouting process in most cases. Thendrain the seed and follow the instructions below.
- Make sure that the jars are super clean and sterile
a. Use a screw top lid and simply drill or punch several holes in the lid but not too large, the water needs to be able to drain, but not the seed!
b. An alternative could be Muslin cloth secured with a rubber band around the neck of the jar
c. Replacement lid with fine sieve built-in
Place seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water
d. Use water at room temperature, water that is either too hot or too cold can shock the seeds. Cold water can also slow the germination process
e. Don't put too much seed in the jar, allow the seed sufficient room to expand insufficient space will lead to mould issues as air cannot circulate sufficiently
- After the initial soak of 8-12 hours, the water needs to be emptied and filled back up with room temperature water
- Turn the jar upside down and let the water drain out, the seeds should be left damp and not swimming in the water
- Rinse 2-3 times per day with room temperature water
- Continue the rinse cycle until harvest, typically 2-3 days
- De-hulling before refrigerating is not necessary
Culture for growing Lentil Red Microgreen Seeds:
3 x seed trays
Lentil Green Microgreen Seeds
- Soak the seeds for 8-12 hours
- Fill a tray with growing medium and thoroughly moisten
Sow the seeds on top of the compost. You can sow them very close together‚ leave a gap the size of a pea between each seed
- Place another tray on top of the seeds and place a weight in the tray so that the seeds are forced to grow their toots downwards
- Keep weighted until the seeds have germinated and are pushing against the tray
- Remove weighted tray and place tray over the top of the seeds keeping light out and moisture in, how plants until about 2cm tall
- Remove top tray and move to a well lit location for the seeds to green up
- Keep your compost moist by watering lightly as needed. Don't drench!
- Use Coconut Coir and you likely won't have to water at all after planting!
- Harvest when the leaves have developed on the stalk (day 12-14).
- Cut just above the medium, with scissors or a sharp knife.
Did You Know?
We now stock growing essentials for Microgeen and Sprouting growers, you can find the full range HERE
Feeling daunted by the world of Microgreens and Sprouting and don't know where to start...then why not have a look at our starter kits for inspiration:
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