How to Grow Your Own Mineral-Rich Wheatgrass

Overview

Wheatgrass is known for its therapeutic and healing properties and is perhaps one of the richest nutritional liquids. This mineral-rich food has high concentrations of chlorophyll, vitamins B-12, B-6, K and C and beta carotene, and ounce for ounce, it has more protein than meat. Growing wheatgrass at home takes little effort, is fresher than store bought and, when juiced, provides a boost to the immune system and long-lasting energy that is far healthier than a cup of coffee.

Step 1

Place 1 cup of wheatgrass seeds in a bowl and add water just to cover. Let soak for about eight hours and then pour into a colander lined with paper towels to drain. Rinse the seeds and let set in the colander for another eight hours. Rinse one more time and again let set for eight hours, at which time the seeds should begin sprouting tiny roots.

Step 2

Fill a seed tray that has drainage holes in the bottom clear to the top with a good quality potting soil. Water well so the soil is wet clear through.

Step 3

Sprinkle the pre-soaked seeds over the top of the soil and spread out evenly. Mist with water from the spray bottle and do not cover with soil. Place a piece of plastic wrap loosely over the top of the tray and set the tray in an out-of-the-way place away from direct sunlight.

Step 4

Remove the plastic wrap after about five days or when the seedlings have grown several inches and are beginning to push it off. Set the tray in front of a large window where it will now receive bright sunlight daily to help the chlorophyll develop; this gives the grass its green color and provides minerals and vitamins.

Step 5

Harvest the mineral-rich grass when it reaches about 7 inches tall, which is when the nutrients in the grass are at their highest concentration. Cut a handful of grass down to the soil, cutting only as much as you need at a time. Juice and drink for health benefits. Store the rest of the uncut grass in the refrigerator, where it will stay freshest.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wet the soil but do not get the grass wet when watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheatgrass seed
  • Bowl
  • Colander
  • Seed tray
  • Potting soil
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors

References

  • Health Banquet: Growing Wheatgrass at Home
  • Grow Wheatgrass: How to Grow Wheatgrass At Home
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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.