How to Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

If you’ve fallen in love with wheatgrass and its benefits, then growing your own wheatgrass might be the next best step. You can also ensure that your wheatgrass is organic by growing your own.
According to wikiHow, here are some steps to grow your very own wheatgrass:

Part 1

  1. Buy a bag of seeds online or at a health supply store. Look for organic seeds from a reputable source to make sure the seeds haven't been treated with pesticides and will grow into healthy, vibrant grass.
  2. Measure out enough seeds to create a light layer on the seed tray you use to grow the grass. For a 16" x 16" tray, use about two cups of seeds.
  3. Rinse the seeds in cool, clean water using a colander with very small holes or a strainer. Drain them well and put them in a bowl.
  4. Pour cold water, preferably filtered, into the bowl of seeds. Add about three times as much water as you have seeds. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place it on the counter to soak for about 10 hours, or overnight.
  5. Drain the water from the seeds and replace it with colder, filtered water - again, about three times as much water as you have seeds. Let it soak for another 10 hours.
  6. Repeat the process one more time, for a total of three long soaks.
  7. By the end of the last soak, the seeds should have sprouted roots. This means they are ready to plant. Drain them and set them aside until you're ready to plant them.

Part 2

  1. Line the seed tray with paper towels, to prevent the wheatgrass roots from growing through the holes in the bottom of the tray. If possible, use paper towels that have not been treated with chemicals or dyes. Recycled, chemical-free paper towels are available at health food stores.
  2. Spread an even one-inch layer of organic compost or potting soil in the seed tray. Use pre-moistened compost or potting soil free of pesticides or other chemicals. It's important to use organic soil to get the most benefit from your wheatgrass.
  3. Spread the seeds in an even layer across the top of the compost or potting soil. Lightly press the seeds into the soil, but don't completely bury them. It's fine if the seeds are touching each other, but make sure there's not a pile of seeds in one area. Each seed needs a little room to grow.
  4. Water the tray lightly, making sure each seed gets a sprinkle.
  5. Cover the tray with a few moistened sheets of newspaper to protect the seedlings. It's important to make sure the seeds don't dry out in the first few days after you plant them. Keep them damp as they root themselves in the seed tray.
  6. Lift the newspaper and water the tray thoroughly in the morning so that the soil is wet, but not completely waterlogged. Use a spray bottle filled with water to lightly mist the soil in the evening before you go to bed, so the seedlings don't dry out overnight. Spray the newspaper, too, so it keeps them wet.
  7. On the fourth day after planting, remove the newspaper to prevent the seeds from sprouting under it. Continue watering the sprouted grass once a day.
  8. Keep the grass in partial sunlight. Direct sun will damage the grass, so make sure it is always in a shady place in your home.

Part 3

Wait for the wheatgrass to "split." Once the shoots are mature, a second blade of grass will begin growing out of the first shoot. This is called "splitting" and means that the grass is ready for harvesting.

  • At this point the grass should be about six inches tall.
  • Grass is usually ready to harvest after 9 or 10 days of growth.

Wheatgrass is a beautiful bright green color, and adds a natural touch to your kitchen or sunroom, wherever you choose to grow it. Consider growing wheatgrass in a decorative container and surrounding your wheatgrass with other plants, so that you can enjoy the beauty of wheatgrass as well as its health benefits.

photo: healthambition.com

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