It is easy and fun to grow wheatgrass at home.
If you have the desire and the motivation to help yourself get into tiptop shape and overall well-being, growing your own wheatgrass at home is probably one of the easiest things you can do.
It is self-rewarding and incredibly healthy for you and your entire family, friends, people at work, everyone.
You will need a juicer once your grass is ready, and the juicer you buy makes all the difference.
The right juicer is essential for juicing wheatgrass.
Slow juicing is essential to maintain the integrity of all nutrients when juicing wheatgrass.
Soak your seeds,
also known as wheat berries, for at least 8 hours.
I soak mine overnight to be sure they are ready for planting.
Wheatgrass seeds are also called hard winter wheat seed or wheat berries.
You can buy a wheatgrass kits online or at a health supply store.
Look for organic seeds as those will grow into a healthier grass as well as a tastier grass.
Organic seeds will not be loaded with pesticides.
Prepare the seeds for soaking and sprouting.
You may use a small jar if you’re only sprouting for yourself.
There are pallets available in different sizes depending on how much you are growing.
Before the seeds can be soaked and then germinated, they will need to be measured and rinsed.
Measure enough wheatgrass,
seeds to sprinkle a light layer on the seed tray you choose for growing.
For a 16″ by 16″ growing tray, use two cups of seeds.
Rinse your wheatgrass,
seeds in cool running clean water.
Use a strainer with tiny holes.
Drain them and place into a bowl.
Soaking your wheatgrass seeds.
Soaking the seeds will initiate germination
When germination occurs the seeds will sprout tiny roots.
Using cold filtered water,
pour into the bowl of your wheatgrass seeds, adding three times more water as you have seeds
Immediately after cover with a tight fitting lid, I use Tupperware and place the covered bowl on a counter.
Soak your seeds for at least 10 hours.
I soak my seeds overnight.
After ten hours, or overnight soaking,
drain water from the bowl and resoak your seeds with cold water, doing the same as before, using 3 times more water than seeds.
Again, allow to soak up to ten hours.
Once more, drain, re-soak,
as before and allow for at least another 10-hour soak.
You will have soaked your wheat berries (wheatgrass seeds) for a total of three long soaks.
At the end of the third long soak,
when you remove the lid from the bowl, you will see sprouted roots.
This shows you they are ready for planting!
Drain once again and get ready for planting.
Preparing your seed tray for planting.
You are ready for planting. Get some paper towels and line your trays.
Use paper towels from a health food store that has not been treated with chemicals.
You can find chemical free paper towels at most health food stores.
Using this method will prevent your wheatgrass from growing through the tray holes.
Spread organic compost,
or potting soil evenly into the seed tray, about a two-inch layer, spread evenly.
be sure the soil you purchase is pre-moistened compost or potting soil which is free of chemicals and pesticides.
Organic soil is best to use when growing your wheatgrass.
Planting your wheatgrass seeds
Sprinkle your seeds evenly over the top of the potting soil or compost, whichever you are using, then gently press the seeds into the soil.
You want to be sure you are not completely burying the seeds into the soil.
Be sure to see there aren’t piles of seeds in any one area of your tray, they are better spread evenly.
If seeds are close enough to touch it’s okay so long as they’re not on top of each other.
Seeds need room to grow.
Water your tray very lightly,
keeping in mind to water each seed on your tray.
Air circulation is extremely important to prevent mold.
Keep the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 26 Celsius)
Your tray is ready to be covered
with moistened sheets of paper towels or newspaper.
This protects your seedlings.
Keeping your seedlings moist,
It is very important to keep your seeds moist at this stage.
You do not want them to dry out and you do not want to over water.
It is good to keep them damp while they are beginning to take root.
Lift the protective covering and lightly but thoroughly water tray once in the morning.
It’s very important to not over water.
Water enough to be sure the soil is wet.
Test the soil with the tip of your finger.
In the evening use a water spray bottle to lightly mist your tray keeping the seedlings moist overnight.
Spray the protective covering as well.
Do this for three full days.
After the third day remove the protective covering and continue to water the by now sprouted grass once per day.
If the grass has not yet sprouted, give it another day with the protective covering.
Sometimes it may take up to four days for your seeds to finally spout. Temperature, watering, and surroundings all have an effect on growing wheatgrass.
Keep the grass in partial sunlight.
Direct sunlight will damage the grass.
Partial sunlight will work best.
I use movable rolling trays when growing my wheatgrass.
This way I can bring my trays out into sunlight but for only about five to ten minutes maximum.
Your grass will grow and then split in two,
This will show you that your grass has matured.
The second blade of grass will begin to grow out of its first shoot.
When you see this you will know your wheatgrass is ready to harvest.
The average growing time is 7-12 days, depending on growing conditions.
Though this is average, you must still always watch for the second blade of grass, as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or by how tall the grass is.
Your grass will have grown about six inches tall at the time of harvesting.
Using a ceramic knife or a very clean sharp scissor, clip the wheatgrass above its root.
Collect the grass to a clean bowl.
Now your wheatgrass is ready for juicing!
Harvested wheatgrass will be okay if kept in your refrigerator for up to one week if the temperature of your refrigerator does not exceed below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The best possible way to drink your wheatgrass juice is immediately after it is harvested but we all know that is not always possible.
Using green bags to store your grass is the best possible way to keep your wheatgrass fresh.
I always compost my tray of soil after the first harvest. Some people re-harvest by using the soil for a second crop.
Live in the UK? Click here for more information referencing the type of juicers which are needed to use while juicing wheatgrass at home.
There are wheatgrass supplements offered if you are unable to grow at your home. These are definitely better than not taking any wheatgrass at all.
Have you ever tried growing your own wheatgrass at home? Leave me a comment and tell me how you grew yours and what your experience was.
I love hearing from the wheatgrass community as there is always something new to learn.