How Much Does It Cost to Grow Microgreens Indoors?

How Much Does It Cost to Grow Microgreens Indoors?

Did you know that it is possible to grow your own food without a garden space? You can grow a ton of fresh food without much space at all. Microgreens is one of the foods that can be grown indoors. As an enthusiast, the first you would want to consider is the cost of growing your microgreens indoors.

The cost of growing your microgreens indoors depends on whether you are growing them hydroponically, or with soil. The cost for growing with soil, water, seed, tray and, electricity and packaging is about $5-10 per tray of microgreens. Using a hydroponic system to grow microgreens indoors can cost up to $200, but with Hydroponic mats, it can cost nothing less than $82 for a start. 

 In the course of this article, we would be looking at the cost of growing your microgreens indoors. We would take all the materials used in growing microgreens and do an extensive review on their costs. We would look at a simple guide on how to grow microgreens in paragraphs that follow. So without much mouthing, let’s delve in.

Review of Cost of Materials Used in Growing Microgreens Indoors

Cost of Microgreen Seeds

Here, we would review how much it would cost to acquire these seeds in Amazon and other stores. The cost of microgreens seeds is dependent on their weight in grams. We would be looking at the cost of popular microgreens seeds per 25, 100 and 250 grams.

Cost of Amaranth Microgreen Seeds

Amaranth is mostly used to garnish food due to the wonderful colouring it adds to the food the flavour of amaranth microgreens is tangy and sweet and is very much similar to spinach. 

Amaranth Microgreens per 25 grams= $17.75 

Amaranth Microgreens per 100 grams= $54.95

Amaranth Microgreens per 250 grams= $103.95

Cost of Basil Purple Microgreens Seeds

This super green also has a great flavour and is very attractive. The leaves of these popular microgreens are usually purple in colour. For the basil microgreen, you have to be cautious not to grow it during the cold weather, as it would not thrive. The basil microgreen does well in temperatures above 24 degrees Celsius. 

Basil Microgreens per 25 grams = $15.95

Basil Microgreens per 100 grams =$49.95

Cost of Cress Microgreens Seed

Another fascinating microgreen seed is the cress. It is very popular in salads, garnishes and sandwiches. You can grow the cress microgreens in a saucer or a tray indoors. 

Cress Microgreens per 25 grams = $11.95

Cress Microgreens per 25 grams =$21.95

Cress Microgreens per 25 grams =$39.95

Cost of Growing Medium

Growing microgreens with soil can never be expensive, but growing with soilless media? Especially the hydroponic system can make you break the bank. Another hydroponic approach that is cheap is the use of mats like the coconut coir, perlite, and other fancy propagation mats that you might as well find on Amazon.

 In subsequent paragraphs, we would envisage the cost of using the soil media, the soilless media like the coconut coir and the cost of perlite. We would then finally check out the cost of hydroponic systems for indoors microgreens farming.

Cost of Soil Used in Growing Microgreens

You might as well just go outside and grab some dirt as your soil. But nah, we are talking about soil that is treated specifically for growing your greens indoors. Sterilized compost can cost around $1 per tray. Other best potting soil like the peat moss and coconut coir costs around $2.60 and $15 respectively. 

Cost of Microgreen Trays

The microgreen trays are tools that are used to put the growth medium. It is also on the microgreen tray that you scant your microgreen seeds and wait for days before they show their first true leaves. There is no general price for microgreens trays. This is because they are different tray brands. We have the Bootstrap farmer microgreen 1020 trays, the Mesh Bottom 1020 trays and Microgreen trays no holes all available on Amazon. Let us see a brief review of the cost of these trays selected by our editors. 

Cost of the Bootstrap Farmer Microgreen 1020 Tray on Amazon

This microgreen tray is a very durable tray that has no holes in it. It is BPA-free and is sure to last for you for several years. The shallow 1020s of this tray are 1.25 inches, and this feature makes it easy to harvest your microgreens. The dimension of the Bootstrap farmer microgreen tray is 21 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches (L x W x H). This super durable tray would only cost you $55.99 per 10 trays.

 Cost of the Mesh Bottom 1020 trays on Amazon

This is another tray also produced by Bootstrap Farmer Company. It cost just $59.99 on Amazon. They are a perfect way to grow your greens indoors. 

Cost of Grow Lights

The best budget-friendly light (other than sunlight) for growing microgreens indoors is the 6000l Daylight T8 fluorescent light. The cost of a T8 fluorescent light can cost up to $3 per lamp. We also have the LED (Light-emitting Diode).  It is a new technology that has a better low-watt higher efficiency, plus it is mercury-free.  The LED grow light can be somewhat costly to implement. For your LED grow lights, it would cost about $0.1283 per day multiplied by 30 days. 

The Cost of a Spray Bottle

This equipment would be used to keep the seeds from drying up during the process of germination. They would also aid in keeping the microgreens moist as they grow. The average cost of a spray bottle is $2

The Cost of a Pair of Scissors 

The purpose of the scissors is to harvest the microgreens. After the emergence of the first true leaves, they would be used to cut out the greens and then packaging of the microgreens would follow. Be careful not to get a dull blade, as your experience I harvest would just be nightmarish. The cost of a pair of scissors for harvesting your greens is $3

Cost of a Scale 

This would serve the purpose of measuring out your microgreens for packaging after harvest. For this, your normal kitchen scale can do a good job. The price of a kitchen scale is $4.

How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

After taking a grand look at the cost of getting the materials needed for growing microgreens, let us move on to an in-depth tutorial on how to start growing your microgreens indoors.

The first step is to fill up your tray with the growth media of your choice. You can choose to use treated soil or a soilless media. Since the microgreens would not be there for long, they would not be developing any intricate roots. This implies that you won’t need too much soil for your microgreen seeds. About two inches of your soil or soilless media is just enough. 

The next step is to scant the seeds across the surface of your soil. Here, you do not need to worry about spacing them out equally or making them perfectly even. 

The next step is to take the soil in your hand and scant it over the seeds. Just making sure that there is light coverage over the seeds. 

Then, use your hand and press them down across the microgreen tray to now set the seeds into their new abode. 

Then, give the microgreens a good drink of water; you can do this with the aid of a watering can or a hose sprayer. You don’t want to have your microgreen seeds swimming in water, but you want them to be very damp. 

Then, place your microgreen tray on a sunny spot or directly under your grow light if you have one.  The proximity of the grow light depends largely on the tray that you are using. Kindly check the user’s manual that the grow light came with.

It is important to note that most microgreens are light-dependent germinators. 

With these, leave your microgreen seeds for a couple of days. The signal that you would be waiting for as a sign of harvest is the emergence of the first true leaves. When they appear, you take a pair of scissors and harvest your greens. 

Growing Microgreens Indoors Vs. Outdoors

Microgreens are very vulnerable and fragile. They cannot thrive under the torment of garden pests or bad climates. Therefore, the best way to grow microgreens is indoors.

To further buttress my point, seed germination does not require sunlight. Your microgreen seeds only need water to thrive. So placing them under direct sunlight is a very bad idea.  When your microgreens are slowly turning into little seedlings, shaded light is more than enough for them to thrive. 

If you insist on planting your microgreens outdoors, then consider planting them with a greenhouse.

Bottom Line

The cost of growing your microgreens indoors does not depend on the purpose of the gardening venture. It depends on the materials you want to start with. So, whether you are growing microgreens for merchandise or for personal consumption, it all depends on start-up materials. 

Hydroponic systems are very expensive to set up. Using soil pads or mats plus every other material can just round up to a cost of a few hundred dollars. 

That said, the investment is definitely worth it as you create for yourself a steady source of healthy microgreens for consumption and merchandise. Awesome, right?

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