The Best Method for Growing Wheatgrass


Wheatgrass is brimming with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and chlorophyll. Many people use wheatgrass to improve the immune system, detoxify or to provide a boost of energy. Wheatgrass must be juiced to be digestible, and wheatgrass juice is added to smoothies, other juice blends or may be consumed straight as a "shot." You can grow wheatgrass at home with basic gardening equipment. Growing your own wheatgrass saves you money and provides you with the freshest wheatgrass possible.

Step 1

Soak wheat berries overnight in a jar or bowl filled with water. You'll need enough wheat berries to densely cover your growing tray. Half a cup of wheat berries will cover an 11-by-11-inch tray.

Step 2

Fill a greenhouse tray nearly full with premoistened all-purpose potting mix. Organic potting mix is usually recommended.

Step 3

Drain the wheat berries in a colander and spread them evenly over the tray.

Step 4

Bury the wheat berries with just enough potting mix to cover them.

Step 5

Put the lid on the tray and place it in a warm location (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) away from direct sunlight.

Step 6

Water the tray regularly with a mist bottle to keep the soil evenly moist. Depending on the humidity levels of your home, you may need to water once or twice a day.

Step 7

Remove the lid after the wheatgrass has sprouted and is an inch or two tall. This will normally be three to five days after planting.

Step 8

Move the tray into a warm sunny location, such as a south-facing window. Continue to water the wheatgrass regularly. You will probably need to water more often now.

Step 9

Feed the wheatgrass once or twice during its life with kelp fertilizer. Always follow all package instructions when mixing and applying fertilizer.

Step 10

Harvest the wheatgrass when it is at least 6 inches tall by cutting it just above the soil line with a pair of scissors. Wheatgrass will be ready to harvest about 10 days after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheat berries
  • Jar or bowl
  • Colander
  • Greenhouse tray with clear plastic lid
  • Potting mix
  • Mist bottle
  • Kelp fertilizer
  • Scissors


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About this Author

Sonya Welter worked in the natural foods industry for more than seven years before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2010. She has been published in "Mother Earth News," "Legacy" magazine and in several local publications in Duluth, Minn., including "Zenith City News," for which she writes a regular outdoors column. She graduated cum laude in 2002 from Northland College, an environmental liberal arts college.