How to Grow Wheatgrass in Your Office

Overview

Whether you work in an office building or in your home, you can grow wheatgrass indoors. Wheatgrass, in the genus Agropyron, is composed of the sprouted seeds of hard red winter wheat. Many health claims have been made about this food, including that it might fight infections, lower blood pressure, dissolve tumors and suppress appetite. You can grow it from seed to finished beverage in a short period of time.

Growing Wheatgrass in Your Office

Step 1

Fill a nursery flat that has drainage holes in the bottom with standard potting soil. Then sprinkle it with a good shower of water. Allow the water to soak in and then set your flat on top of another flat with no holes to protect furniture.

Step 2

Scatter hard red winter wheat seeds evenly over the top of the soil and then cover them with a quarter inch of potting soil. Water again and keep it moist during the entire growing cycle.

Step 3

Place your growing trays near a window that receives a good amount of direct sun. If you don't have access to sunlight, hang a fluorescent shop light directly above your indoor garden.

Step 4

Turn your flat once every day when seeds begin to sprout. This will keep the wheatgrass growing upright and prevent it from bending to catch the sun.

Step 5

Cut the wheatgrass when it is 6 inches tall, which should be 10 to 12 days after you plant your seeds. Use scissors and cut as close to the soil line as you can reach. Collect the cut grass with your other hand.

Step 6

Start a second flat of wheatgrass seeds four or five days after you start your first flat if you want a steady supply. Continue starting new seeds every few days if you want to make wheatgrass juice every day.

Tips and Warnings

  • The Food and Drug Administration has evaluated none of the health claims regarding wheatgrass.

Things You'll Need

  • Hard red winter wheat seeds
  • Nursery flat with holes
  • Nursery flat without holes
  • Potting soil
  • Fluorescent shop light (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Wheatgrass juicer

References

  • Grow Wheatgrass: How to Grow Wheatgrass at Home
  • Chet Day: How to Grow Wheatgrass

Who Can Help

  • Wheatgrass kits
Keywords: wheatgrass growing, indoor gardening, healthful plants

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.