Directions on Growing Wheatgrass

Overview

Wheatgrass is a highly nutritious food containing vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all of which help to strengthen the immune system and give energy to the cells in the body. Growing wheatgrass at home is an inexpensive way to boost your nutrition and health while providing a much fresher product than can be purchased in a health food or grocery store. Pets, primarilly dogs, benefit from fresh wheatgrass also as it soothes digestion upsets, and any dog will delight in having their own tray of fresh wheatgrass to nibble on as needed.

Step 1

Place one cup of wheatgrass seed into a glass bowl or jar. Fill with filtered water to cover the seeds and place a kitchen towel over the opening. Keep on the kitchen for 12 hours and then drain the seeds by pouring into a paper towel-lined colander. Rinse and set the seeds aside for another 12 hours to dry out.

Step 2

Fill a seed tray to the rim with organic potting soil. Be sure to use a tray that has drainage holes in the bottom. Spray the soil to moisten.

Step 3

Spread the seeds over the soil but do not cover with soil or press into the dirt. Let the seeds rest on top of the soil. Spray the seeds gently to moisten.

Step 4

Place an inverted seed tray over the top and set aside. After about five days, remove the top tray and the grass should be around 4 to 5 inches tall.

Step 5

Set the wheatgrass in a sunny location, such as in front of a south-facing window, where it will receive bright, indirect light. The temperature should be at least 60 degrees F, and keep the grass moist by spraying once a day. These conditions will allow the chlorophyll to form in the grass, turning it a bright green.

Step 6

Harvest the wheatgrass in about seven to 10 days when it has reached 7 to 8 nches tall. This is when the grass is at its peak nutrition. Cut the grass clear to the soil's surface, using only a handful at a time for juicing and drinking. Store the rest of the grass in the refrigerator, cutting off only what is needed. A second crop of grass will grow, then it will be necessary to start over with fresh grass seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheat grass seed
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Two seed trays
  • Organic potting soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Scissors

References

  • Sprout People: Wheatgrass
  • Nutritional Supplements Health Guide: How To Grow Wheatgrass
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About this Author

Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for websites such as eHow and GardenGuides. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.