Sunflower is one of the most popular microgreens to grow. They have a nutty flavour and thick, tender leaves and stems. This gives them a crunchy texture, which makes them delicious in salads, sandwiches and raw food dishes.
- Once sprouted, the nutritional content of these seeds is four-fold.
- Protein content: 20 - 25%.
- Contains a range of vitamins including A, B, C, D, and E.
- Contains calcium, iron and amino acids.
Grow Sunflower Microgreens
Microgreen growers prefer the black oil, instead of grey striped, variety of sunflower because they have a higher oil content, are easier to grow and easier to remove the husks (after your crop has grown).
Difficulty to grow: Sunflower is easy to germinate but require a little bit of attention to ensure that they develop roots.
Growing medium: Soil or coir peat. Difficult to grow hydroponically.
Soaking: Soak 1 -1 1/2 cups of seeds (for a 30 x 35 cm growing tray) for 8 - 12 hours. These seeds will float to the surface of the water, and won't soak evenly without a bowl or lid placed on top to keep them submerged.
Sprouting: Sprout for one day, using a sprouting jar, tray or hemp sprouting bag. Keep moist. Sprouting softens the hard shell and improves germination.
Growing temperatures: Sunflower thrives in warm, sunny weather and growth can be slow during the cooler months. The ideal germination temperature is 20 - 25 degrees Celsius.
Tray growing: Add 2 - 3 cm of soil or coir peat to a 30 x 35 cm growing tray. Flatten soil with a tray or small block of wood. Moisten soil with water. Sprinkle seeds evenly over the surface of the soil. Ensure that the seeds do not overlap, as this may lead to rot or mould. Press seeds into the soil. Give your seeds a light watering using a spray mist bottle.
Cover seeds with a growing tray. Store in a well ventilated, dark spot to germinate. Water 1 - 2 times daily. Keep covered until the seeds germinate (approximately 4 - 5 days). The sunflower shoots will slightly raise the top tray, indicating that they have taken root and are ready to be exposed to sunlight.
Remove the top tray and expose it to direct, outdoor sunlight. Water twice daily. Do not overwater. Your harvest is ready within 7 - 14 days.
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- Organically grown in Australia, using environmentally sustainable farming methods.
- No chemical treatment.
- Non-GMO seeds.
- 85% germination rate.
- Available in 400 gram, 800 gram & 2.5 kg packets.
- Variety: Helianthus Annuus (black oil).
Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot send seeds to Western Australia or Tasmania due to quarantine restrictions.