Step by step instructions on how to grow wheatgrass and harvest it for making wheatgrass juice.
Growing wheatgrass is an easy and enjoyable hobby. Utilizing the nutritious benefits of wheatgrass makes it one of the most important plants to grow in your outdoor or countertop garden. Wheatgrass juice is a powerful vitamin-rich drink providing blood cleansing, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing. It improves immune function and helps prevent sickness and disease. It has also been used to help arrest the progression of various diseases and restore health.
There are many companies offering ‘wheatgrass kits’ containing everything needed to start growing wheatgrass, but supplies can be found separately at most garden centers. Here’s what to buy:
Supplies Needed to Grow Wheatgrass
Organic Hard Wheat Berries: Found at a natural food store, local wheatgrass grower or through mail order or an internet company. Either hard winter or hard spring wheat berries is fine. For a flat size growing tray, approximately 1-1/2 to 2 cups wheat berries are needed.
Growing Trays: Also called seeding trays can be found at any garden store. Growing trays are approximately 11×21 inches but come in various sizes. Choose the sizes that accommodate available space. If growing wheatgrass indoors make sure there are no holes in the bottom of the tray to avoid leaks in the home or choose one with a drip tray attachment.
Soil: Wheatgrass likes light, airy soil. The best mixture is 50% peat moss, 40% organic topsoil and 10% vermiculite or pearlite. Bagged potting soil is available in these percentages (or close to it) at most garden stores. Azomite is an organic fertilizer powder that improves the texture and nutrition of soil and can help prevent mold. It’s not necessary but beneficial.
Sprouting Jar: Readily available at garden stores. These are plastic containers with an attachable drainage lid for soaking, rinsing and draining water from the sprouting seeds. They are convenient but not necessary. Wheatgrass Seeds can be sprouted in a glass jar or plastic container and drained with a small-holed colander.
How to Grow Wheatgrass
Sprouting Wheatgrass Seed: Sprout 1-1/2 to 2 cups of seed for a seeding tray that measures 11×21 inches. One of the easiest ways to sprout wheatgrass seed is in a sprouting jar or some other container. After rinsing them thoroughly, cover them with twice the amount of water and soak overnight or at least 12 hours. If the seeds haven’t sprouted in that time, drain water, rinse well and cover with water to sit again. Once the seeds have sprouted 1/4 inch tails, they are ready to plant.
Plant Wheatgrass: Lay soil about an inch deep in seeding tray. If using Azomite, sprinkle a layer on top of soil. Evenly spread sprouted wheatgrass seed on top of the soil about a 1/4 inch thick and water gently. Cover seeds with wet newspaper to keep seeds dark, cool, and moist. In very dry climates, cover with plastic to keep moisture in. Check daily to make sure wheatgrass seeds are moist and water as needed.
Expose Wheatgrass to Sun: Once the sprouts are 2-3 inches tall, move the growing wheatgrass to a sunny location. Keep it moist and away from extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Harvest Wheatgrass: When the wheatgrass has reached 6-7 inches tall, harvest it. This usually takes about 7 days. Harvest by cutting the grass about one inch above the soil with garden shears or a serrated knife. Store harvested wheatgrass in plastic bags and refrigerate for up to a week.
Growing wheatgrass at home is easy and economical. There are several juicers on the market available for juicing wheatgrass. Juicing wheatgrass requires a special masticating juicer. They come in a wide variety of prices and styles. Just 1-2 ounces a day provides important minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and chlorophyll. Wheatgrass juice is nature’s most healthy fast-food.