For this variety, it’s 5-7 days until peel time & about 10 days until harvest time. Your Hot Wasabi Mustard microgreens will grow to about 2-3 inches tall and have pale green stems with bright green leaves.
YAY- Let’s do this! For setup, just follow the regular simple Hamama instructions like you always do! Here is an electronic version of our instructions if you need a quick refresher.
The initial soak is always the most important step in the process as it provides the seeds in your quilt with the water to jumpstart the germination process. You want to first add water (filtered is best) to the fill line which is about 3 cups of water. Then you want to add the quilt! To ensure that it is adequately soaked, be sure to hold it down long enough for the quilt to turn a shade darker (10-30 seconds). A good trick is to flick the seed quilt! If the seeds roll around in their pods, that is a good sign it is too dry and could soak for just a touch longer. After the soak, you want to be sure that the quilt is properly propped on the tray's bottom ribs so that neither side of the quilt is dipping into the water. You also want to be sure the seed pockets are not underwater after the dunk! Here are some extra watering tips!
You won’t see much happening on day 2 but I do want to share some important things to note:
-The water level may have gone down significantly from day 1. That’s totally normal! Our Seed Quilts and trays are designed to provide the seeds with enough water to last them from day one until harvest day. No need to add additional water at this point!
-Another thing to note is the environment - Keeping your tray anywhere between 60-80 F is best. The warmer they are in that range, the faster they will grow on time with predictable health. Cooler temps can stunt the growth and it'll take a little longer for the seeds to germinate. Microgreens don't necessarily need a lot of light to grow but will halt if they are too cold so I would prioritize warmth over light. Remember our rule of thumb: if it’s comfy for you, it’ll be comfortable for your little plant babies!
Curious what that top layer is for? It's important to have a weighted black-out period for the first few days of growing microgreens. The weighted black-out period (seeds held down + darkness) encourages the seeds to send their roots downward, as opposed to growing outward and sending out root hairs to grab moisture from the air.
The paper top has puffed up ever so slightly from the growth of the seeds. This variety takes a bit longer to cook under there but no worries, these are right on track!
I keep seeing progression but these seedlings won't be ready to set free for another day or two. Patience is like a virtue... :D
Definitely ready to peel the paper top soon to give these microgreens the necessary airflow and light they need to continue growing strong! I am anxiously awaiting this hot wasabi kick on my meals…!!!
Meeting my pretties at last! These hot wasabi mustard micros look pretty green right after the peel in my case. They still show areas of golden hues which is normal. Beautiful!
Let's talk about fuzzy/furry, white ROOT HAIRS! These are commonly mistaken for mold due to their similar appearance, but they are totally safe & healthy (and way cuter than mold 😉).
So lush and dense! Since getting more light and airflow after the peel, the microgreens have turned vibrantly green! They are about ½ inch tall at this point.
These are almost 2 inches now, which is perfect because the Wasabi mustard microgreens range from 2-3 inches are so dense and lush! If you’re familiar with our Energizing Kale Seed Quilts, the Hot Wasabi Mustard has a very similar harvest-ready look in terms of lushness, color, and height!
These were ready to harvest on day 10. Pale green stems, bright green & plush leaves, almost 3 inches tall & dense. Use this as a general rule of thumb as they will vary by season and your growing environment :)
These can be harvested at around 2-3 inches. They can be harvested by cutting or even pulling up, & stored in a ziplock bag (or the Stasher bag) in the fridge for about 10 days! If you prefer to munch on them while they are in the tray, the mature greens can remain there for a few extra days, but please periodically check that they have enough water to drink! Otherwise, they may prematurely wilt over! 😢
Some growers ask if the mature microgreens should be rinsed before use! When the microgreens are ready to harvest you don't need to wash them, but you can if you want. Whatever you feel comfortable with! Since there’s no soil, they’re already super clean. Most folks who do rinse do so if they have pets who might be snooping around in them lol :D The most important thing you should do for cleanliness is to treat them just like any other food item and always wash your hands when handling! *For longer storage, don’t rinse the harvested microgreens before storing. Instead, put them in your ziplock bag in the fridge & rinse just before eating, if desired!
Use these delicious microgreens as a garnish on Southern & Asian cuisine, sushi, sandwiches/burgers, salads, and more!
See what fellow growers are saying about our new Wasabi Mustard Microgreens on our Hamama Friends Facebook page!
-Something to note here: Make sure you do not overfill your tray with water because these seeds seem more sensitive to over-watering than some of the other Seed Quilt flavors. Definitely drain excess water if you notice that you filled a little too high past the fill line at setup!
-These tend to have very long roots! Don't be alarmed - Long hair don't care 😎
Try our new Wasabi Mustard microgreens and let us know what you think in the comments below! Much love, Hamama friends! Allie :)