When you are a beginner at vegetable gardening, one of the challenges will be deciding which plant to grow in a fothergills microgreens tray. The microgreen is an annual plant that requires very little care during its lifetime. Microgreens do well in pots as long as they have good drainage and are planted in the right location. You will need a very sturdy and well draining tray if you wish to plant these low-growing plants in a tight space like a terrace, balcony or small potting shed. If you have never grown microgreens before it is recommended that you read up on all the basics so you know exactly what you are getting into before you start.
Fothergills microgreens are low growing plants that can live for two years or more if cared for properly. They require continuous light and water, so the best growing months are between March and July. If your climate is more wintry, you can also plant them in a fall tray but you must keep an eye on them as they will not be as cold resistant as some other annuals. The plant comes with a planting mat and can be used again.
Planting microgreens takes time and patience. It is recommended that you prepare the trays at least a month in advance. If you plan to use the planting trays for a period beyond two years, it is important that you water the microgreens well in between use. The best time to plant them is in late spring and early summer. You should place the trays in a sunny position and mulch the base of the tray to protect it from extreme temperatures.
Your initial microgreens planting will probably result in a good crop of fat bud because the plant is in its seed phase. Be sure to place the plant into a large enough pot that it receives full sunlight during the day and that the soil is moist. It is also a good idea to place a container of potting soil in the bottom of the growing tray so that when the plant begins to flower you can move the container to a larger growing tray.
After you have planted your microgreens you will have to wait for them to flower. After the first bloom appears, move the pots around the house to ensure that they receive full exposure to sun and watering. In addition, be sure to fertilize the plant every two weeks during its growing season. Fertilizing is especially important if you are growing microgreens inside as you want to ensure that they get all of the nutrients they need. During the flowering season you can fertilize the plant every four weeks.
Like other plants, microgreens need plenty of light and they prefer a location that is about six to eight feet away from the windowsill. You can encourage plant growth by providing your plants with compost material or a good potting soil. You can purchase microgreens that already have been started in your garden or you can purchase them ready to plant. If you buy seeds, you should carefully examine them to make sure they are certified organic and that they have been tested for any contaminants. It is very important to buy quality seeds and to start your plant from healthy parents.
Microgreens have a shallow root system, so it is important that you water them only about once a week during their growing season. Watering frequently throughout the week will encourage the root system to grow deeply and become strong. When you are trying to grow exotic plants, it is important that you keep up with their growing requirements. As long as you provide a good growing environment, your microgreen plant will enjoy healthy blooms throughout its flowering season. You can use a simple tray that has been built at the base of the plant so that water can be continuously delivered to the roots.
Fothergills Microgreens can be a great addition to your garden or backyard. They are easy to care for and they are not very expensive. You can find many color varieties, and some of them come in special containers. With proper care, fothergills will be a wonderful addition to your collection of evergreen plants.