Wheatgrass juice is popular in the health food community. Not only is it known for its nutritional value, but many people feel that it helps to absolve the body of toxins, cleanses the blood and even assists with weight loss. While wheatgrass juice is available at just about any health food store or juice bar, buying it on a regular basis can get expensive. A great alternative is to grow your own wheatgrass plants from seed at home and juice them yourself.
Fill a small bowl with about 18 ounces of wheatgrass seeds and add enough water to thoroughly coat them. Allow the mixture to soak for seven to eight hours. Fill a separate pan with 2 level inches of organic potting mix. Once the seeds are done soaking, pour them into a kitchen strainer and rinse them. Spread them evenly on top of the organic potting mix. Sprinkle a thin layer of approximately half an inch of organic potting mix over the seeds.
Fill a plastic spray bottle with water and set the nozzle to a fine mist. Spray the newly planted seeds lightly. Cover the pan with plastic wrap to help retain moisture. Lift the plastic wrap daily and mist the potting mix as needed so that it is kept moist but not wet. Within two to three days, the seeds will germinate and begin to show yellow sprouts. Remove the plastic wrap and place the pan near sunlight but not in direct light. A partially sunny windowsill is ideal.
Harvest the wheatgrass when the blades have turned green and are about 7 inches tall, which usually occurs at five to six days of growth. Clip the wheatgrass about 1 inch from the potting mix. When you have gathered a sufficient amount of wheatgrass, it can be processed with a juicer per the manufacturer's instructions. Place any unused clipped wheatgrass into a plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator. The wheatgrass cuttings can be refrigerated for up to two days. Discard any unused wheatgrass after that time.