Wheat grass has many medical benefits. The grass can be squeezed to make fresh juice. Some also use it as a detoxifier to cleanse the body of harmful toxins and pollutants. Other reported health benefits include the prevention of certain types of cancers and anti-aging effects. No matter what the health benefits are, growing wheat grass in the home can be a rewarding experience. The grass grows quickly and is very beautiful as a household plant. It is a very easy and inexpensive indoor plant to grow.
Wheat grass is an excellent addition to an indoor garden or as nourishment for your cat. There are a couple of things you need to do to prepare. First, purchase all of your materials. Pick up some wheat grass berries from your local health food store. Also get a planting pot, soil, newspaper, colander and a spray bottle.
Preparing the Seeds
In some type of single layer container, soak the wheat grass berries in water. Spread out the wheat grass berries so that they aren't overlapping. For a small potted wheat grass plant, you need about 1½ cups of wheat grass berries. Measure out the right amount of berries for the amount of pots you want to plant. They will need to soak until they have sprouted, usually overnight, depending on the berries. Once they have sprouted, remove from water and drain with a colander.
Planting the Seeds
Fill the pot with 2 inches of soil. On top of the soil, place a single layer of seeds. Make sure that the seeds are completely covering the soil in a way so that they don't overlap. Put another thin layer of soil on top of the seeds. Take the spray bottle filled with water and spray the soil until it is damp, but not soaked with water. Cover the pot with either newspaper or plastic wrap and place it in a dark area that has a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees F. Uncover the pots every day to spray more water on the soil and seeds as they began to sprout. Be careful about the amount of water--do not drown the grass. If you do, there will be mold growing along with the grass. When the wheat grass really sprouts and you can see a little grass shoot, take the cover from it and place the pot in direct sunlight and watch it to continue to grow. In about 8 days, you will have a pot full of wheat grass.