How to Grow Grass Inside


When it comes to home decorating, going green means more than buying a couch made of recycled materials. Ornamental grasses, or even lawn grasses such as ryegrass, may be started and grown in containers for a simple, elegant conversation piece. This type of indoor lawn is popular among apartment dwellers who don't have actual lawns. The grass seed can be planted in less than 30 minutes and will sprout within seven days.

Step 1

Place a pottery shard over the drain hole in the bottom of a container.

Step 2

Mix a potting soil containing 1 part compost, 1 part peat moss, 1 part sand and ½ part manure. Fill the container to within an inch of the rim with the potting soil mix.

Step 3

Sprinkle ryegrass seed over the surface of your potting soil. Cover with ¼ inch more potting soil. Water until the soil is as wet as a wrung-out sponge.

Step 4

Place a layer of plastic wrap over the top of the container and place it under a plant grow light. Check the soil daily and mist with a plant mister daily. Ryegrass needs plenty of water to germinate and sprout.

Step 5

Remove the plastic wrap after the seeds germinate. Fill the container to the rim with water every 10 days.

Step 6

Keep the grass under the grow light to keep it growing well. Ryegrass needs lots of sunlight to thrive.

Step 7

Keep ryegrass trimmed to 3 inches tall with a pair of gardening shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Pottery shard
  • Ryegrass seed
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Compost
  • Manure
  • Plant mister
  • Plastic wrap
  • Grow light
  • Gardening shears


  • P. Allen Smith: Rye Grass Containers
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Starting Seeds Indoors
  • Washington State University: Lawn Care

Who Can Help

  • University of Minnesota Extension: Lawn Renovation
Keywords: growing lawn grass, container garden, grass in containers

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."