How to Grow Wheatgrass From Flats

Overview

Wheatgrass is a complete food full of vitamins and minerals, over 30 enzymes and chlorophyll, and has been found to boost the immune system, provide energy and even act as an appetite suppressant. People will often pay over $2 for an ounce of wheatgrass juice at health food centers, while for that price, you can purchase wheatgrass seeds and grow your own nutritious food at home. Freshly grown wheatgrass provides optimal nutrition and health benefits.

Step 1

Soak the wheatgrass seeds in a bowl of water just enough to cover, and let set for about 12 hours. Drain into a colander lined with paper towels and rinse. Let set in the colander for another 12 hours, then rinse and drain. Set aside one more time for 12 hours, rinse and drain. The seeds should have sprouted by now with tiny, 1/8- to 1/4-inch roots and are not ready to plant.

Step 2

Fill a nursery flat, 17 inches by 17 inches, with potting soil to the rim. Wet the soil down so it is moist clear through. Be sure the flat has drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 3

Spread the sprouted seed over the top of the soil and gently push down. Do not cover with a layer of soil. Spray the seeds down with the spray bottle just to moisten. Cover the flat with paper towels and set in a location that is out of sunlight. Keep moist daily.

Step 4

Remove the paper towels after about five days when the seeds should now be pushing the paper towels off or have grown at least 2 to 3 inches tall. Set the flat in a sunny location, e.g., in front of a picture window. The sunshine will create the chlorophyll which will green the grass. Keep the grass watered by setting the flat on a water tray so the bottom soaks up the water.

Step 5

Harvest the wheatgrass once it reaches 7 to 8 inches tall, when it has reached its optimal nutritional value. Cut the grass clear to the soil and use a handful for juicing. Cut only as much as you need at a time and store the flat with the uncut grass in the refrigerator. Stop watering the stored grass.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not get the grass wet when watering to avoid it becoming moldy.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheatgrass seed
  • Bowl
  • Flat
  • Potting soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors

References

  • Health Banquet: Growing Wheatgrass At Home
  • Sprout People: Wheatgrass

Who Can Help

  • Buying A Wheatgrass Juicer
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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.