How to Plant Hard Red Wheat Berry Seeds

Overview

Wheatgrass grown from hard red wheat berry seeds is extremely nutritious and offers a number of health benefits. The grown wheatgrass is often used to make juice. Growing your own red wheat berry seeds at home makes the cost of this nutritional drink very affordable. You can purchase the wheat berries from your local health food store and grow them with minimal effort in a short period. Planting red wheat berry seeds requires basic gardening supplies.

Step 1

Place one cup of the hard red wheat berry seeds in a jar or bowl for each 10" by 20" seed tray you use. Cover the seeds with water and leave in a safe place for 12 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Pour the seeds into a strainer and let the red wheat seeds sit for another 24 hours. Rinse the seeds thoroughly three times for the next 24 hours. Look for small sprouts to emerge from the seeds.

Step 3

Fill the seed trays with damp compost or high quality soil. Spread the sprouted hard red wheat berry seeds on the top of the soil in a single layer. Place the lid on the tray and keep it out of sunlight or cover the tray with a towel.

Step 4

Wait five days. Take the cover off the sprouting wheatgrass and move it to a window or another location with plenty of indirect sunlight. The wheatgrass will turn from a whitish color to a healthy green.

Step 5

Mist the growing wheatgrass daily to keep the soil moist. Allow the wheatgrass to grow until it begins to fork before harvesting. It should be about 8 inches tall at this time.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar or bowl
  • Water
  • Strainer
  • Seed trays (10" by 20") with lids
  • Compost
  • Hard red wheat berry seeds
  • Spray bottle

References

  • Raw & Living Foods: How to Grow Wheatgrass
  • Stanford Wellsphere: How to Grow and Use Wheatgrass
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.