Wheatgrass is one of the most coveted juicing ingredients for overall health. Also referred to as ‘liquid sunshine’ and ‘the nectar of the gods’ because of its superior blood purifying ability, wheatgrass is one juicing ingredient you don’t want to be without. The best way to ensure a steady and fresh supply of this green superfood is to grow your own. Follow these simple tips on how to grow wheatgrass for a fresh supply that’s always at your fingertips.
How to Grow Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass can be grown indoor or outdoors, or a combination of both. The grass is grown in a tray that can be moved as needed so it can receive adequate light and air circulation. It can be grown with or without soil; this article will cover how to grow wheatgrass with soil.
Start with fresh, organic wheatgrass seeds and pre-sprout them for best results. Pre-sprout means to sprout seeds without soil.
- Estimate the amount of seeds it will take to cover the selected tray with a single layer of seeds.
- Place seeds in a bowl, rinse with cool water and drain. Fill the bowl with clean, cool water and let seeds soak at room temperature for 8 hours.
- Drain the water off the seeds, refill bowl with fresh cool water and allow the seeds to soak for another 8 hours at room temperature. Repeat this rinsing/soaking process for the third time.
- After draining the seeds for the third time, inspect them for signs of sprouting. If sprouts are visible, then the wheatgrass seeds are ready to be planted.
Setting up the Tray
Any size tray will work, as long as it has sufficient drainage holes in the bottom.
- Place a double layer of unbleached paper towel in the bottom of the tray to prevent the roots from growing through the drainage holes and soil from leaching out.
- Place 1 1/2 – 2 inches of organic potting soil in the tray and evenly moisten soil by spritzing it with water from a spray bottle.
Sowing the Seeds: Gently place sprouted seeds in a single layer across the top of the moist potting soil. Be careful not to dislodge the tiny sprouts protruding from the seeds. When the soil top is covered with seeds, lightly press seeds into soil with fingertips.
Normally wheatgrass is grown in the dark. It does not like to be in the sun and will not grow when placed in direct sunlight.
Wheatgrass is sprouted under dark conditions until the grass is 1 inch in height.
- Place a single layer of newspaper (black and white print only) over top of seed tray. Mist newspaper with water to help keep soil moist during the germination process. Raise newspaper and mist soil with water twice a day, re-moisten newspaper daily also.
- After grass has reached 1 inch in height, remove newspaper. Lightly water in the morning and evening to keep soil moist and young shoots from dying of dehydration. Avoid over-watering as this will cause mold to develop.
When wheatgrass has reached 6 inches tall (in about 10 days), it’s harvest time!
- Use sharp scissors and cut desired amount at just above the soil surface. Cut just before you’re ready to juice it.
- If mold is present in the tray, it’s harmless and the wheatgrass is still good. Cut above the mold.
- Continue to water as normal and a second, perhaps even third, grass crop will grow (do this only if mold is not present). However, the ensuing crops will be tough and not as tall. Repeat all the above how-to steps to grow a fresh batch of wheatgrass.
- For a continuous supply, use two growing trays and plant them 10 days apart.
Mold Prevention: Mold can be prevented by spacing the seeds a little farther apart at planting time so the growing wheatgrass will have plenty of air circulation.
Place growing tray in a room that has a ceiling fan or on a covered porch with a blowing breeze will also help prevent mold growth.
Wheatgrass juice is loved by so many juicers and health gurus, as it provides a host of health benefits! Not all claims are scientifically proven yet, but it certainly contains value for many people.
- Wheatgrass is made up of 70% chlorophyll.
- Chlorophyll is used as a blood purifier, aids, circulation, digestion, detoxification, used to fight cancer, and plenty more.
- Nutritionally rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Helps reduce body odor (chlorophyll).