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How to Grow Wheat in a Greenhouse

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Overview

Wheat is not only the second most produced crop in the world, it is a grass variety. Wheat is ground into flour and used in breads, cakes and other desserts, thickener for gravies and soups, and other prepared foods. Growing your own wheat can save you money in the long run and assure you that no pesticides are going into your wheat crop. Wheat will flourish year-round in a greenhouse when cared for properly.

Step 1

Fill a the 1-foot-deep planting tray almost full with topsoil.

Step 2

Layer about 1/2 inch of fertilizer on top of the soil and mix the two together thoroughly with a small rake (for large trays) or your hands (for small trays). Make the top of the soil and fertilizer mix as even and smooth as possible.

Step 3

Use the rake to create 2-inch-deep trenches in the soil.

Step 4

Sprinkle wheat seeds into the tray, evenly spread out.

Step 5

Keep the tray in an area of the greenhouse with direct sunlight. Water lightly after planting. From here on out, water about twice per week or when the soil feels dry on top. In around four months, your wheat will usually be fully grown. You can identify wheat that is ready for harvest because the stalk's top turns yellow and the top kernels are dry.

Step 6

Cut down the yellow part of the wheat stalk with the scythe to harvest.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-foot-deep square tray
  • Topsoil
  • Fertilizer
  • Small rake
  • Wheat seeds
  • Small scythe

References

  • Windfarmers: How to Grow Your Own Wheat
  • Foodmapper: How to Grow Wheat
  • The Farm: Greenhouse Growing Tips
Keywords: greenhouse wheat growing, growing wheat, greenhouse wheat crop

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.