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System #3: Advanced Rack Set with larger LED Light for Three Grow Trays
This is the best path for growers who want to produce 24 containers of microgreens each week and share them with family, friends, or sell them to local restaurants, or to fitness centers for smoothies, etc.
Six (6) 10” x 20” Trays, with drainage holes (One set of three for germination and the other set of three for vegetation): About $30
Nine (9) 10” x 20” Trays, without holes (One set of three for germination and the other set of three for vegetation, with the third set of three as the covers for the germination trays): About $45
Grow Light for Three (3) Trays (this can be either one high output fixture or three smaller fixtures similar to the ones for System #2): About $120
Shelving System – 36” to 48” wide and 16” to 20” deep, with at least two shelves so that one can hold the germination trays, while the other shelf holds the vegetation trays.: About $80
Timer (Optional) – The key is to typically provide microgreens with 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark, so that the plants can rest. You can certainly switch or unplug the light manually, and the timer is just a tool to take the “task” off of your list.: About $15
Total: About $290
The reason to have two trays without holes for each setup is so that you can use one to catch excess water below the drainage tray, and the second one as a cover for the lower two trays when you germinate the seeds to keep them in the dark. Note: Be careful to buy the trays without holes that are slightly larger than the drainage tray, so that the drainage tray “nests” inside of the trays without holes.
Seeds: About $1 / Tray
Hemp Grow Matts: About $2 / Tray
Containers (to store the microgreens in the fridge): About $0.25 / container
Labels (if you would like to give some to family or friends and include information on the type of microgreens on the label): About $0.06 (6 cents) / container sticker.
Each Tray yields 8 containers, which have a market value of about $2.75 each. Spending about $5 yields about $22 of value, for each tray, each week. It’s pretty rare in commerce to generate 4 times the value in such a short period of time.
These are things that you may already have at hand:
Scissors: For cutting the Hemp Grow Matts to 20” length before germination and after vegetation to fit in the containers.
Spray Bottle: For spritzing in the morning and evening.
Food Scale (Optional) to measure the seed weight per tray. You can also just use about 8 teaspoons and get to approximately 1 oz of seeds per tray.
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