If you have been successful at having your seeds grow into sprouts, you are on your way to have healthy food at home, year round!
First of all, there is nothing that is stopping you from eating the sprouts as-is! Many call these “microgreens” but we could call them baby herbs or veggies too. Studies show that the first stages of sprouting from many seeds, actually contain several potent nutrients for our bodies. So really, our organic seeds can be used in sprouters too.
(The one major downfall of sprouting is the risk of potential bacteria & mould growth that could end up contaminating your food, if you do not wash and/or cook the sprouts.)
After seeds turn into sprouts, they quickly within a few days turn into seedlings. This is where you truly get to see it turn into a growing plant, still full of nutrients yet just like wine, the flavours develop with “age”. This stage is where you can begin to enjoy a luscious & living green addition to your home, patio, office or backyard. As it grows, so do its roots. This is where you have to make the decision:
- Harvest ALL the leaves, make a delicious dish and start again with new seeds or another Growing Up Healthy Kit.
- Re-pot into a larger, indoor container or outside garden with additional triple mix or topsoil.
We highly suggest re-potting into a bigger container.
- It extends your growing season.
- It makes it easier to keep up with it’s watering requirements. (The bigger the plant, the more water it needs & the quicker it uses water.)
You can still harvest SOME of the leaves from the tops of the plants (to promote side growth and bushiness), but leave lots to let the plant be able to get enough sunlight to grow even bigger.
Imagine your plant is like a goldfish. The bigger the tank, the bigger the fish can grow. The roots of a seedling can only grow so much, and with a bigger place for them to stretch out, they can support a bigger herb plant with even more branches, leaves and ultimately flavour & ingredients for your culinary creations & eating pleasure!
How to replant?
Just place the entire seedling with the “mesh pot” included into a new pot filled with soil. Cover the top of the original pot with some soil and press down. Water & place in a well-lit window or sunny spot outside.
Note: Removing the seedling from the mesh pot will not be as helpful as you think.
- The roots might be attached to the mesh and you might rip & damage the plant’s way of getting water & nutrients. Don’t worry, it’s designed to be biodegradable & will disappear as time goes on.
- The special pot has a way to control the water to the plant which means it makes it easier to not over- or under-water it. (This is a huge advantage for Basil which doesn’t like dry soil!).