How To Grow Wheatgrass Guide
Wheatgrass is a healthy herb that is plentiful in vitamins and nutrients, and an amazing blood purifier. A shot in the morning will keep your day bright and healthy. Adding a shot or two to a smoothie is an amazing health benefit. No matter how you use it the essential nutrients inside of wheatgrass is an amazing health supplement for your body. The only negative aspect of wheatgrass is the price; it can become a very expensive part of your regimen. So it’s in your best interest to learn how to grow wheatgrass yourself.
Many health pros are now growing their own wheatgrass to ease the stress on their wallet. Many others would love to start but do not necessarily have the knowhow. If done properly growing your own wheatgrass can be easy and efficient. If done improperly it can be more expensive than simply purchasing the herb.
There are many health benefits to wheatgrass, and financial benefits to growing your own. The steps are relatively easy, it’s just knowing exactly what to do that presents a challenge. Either way you decide to grown your wheatgrass you will find it a much more cost efficient method to maintaining your health. If you do it properly.
STEP 1: Buying seeds and/or kits and trays
The most important aspect of growing wheatgrass– or any herb– is to purchase good product. Do your research to find out which brands yield the best growth. There are several companies that offer wheatgrass seeds and kits for you at decent prices. Knowing which ones are the best will allow you to get the most out of your purchase. Amazon and some other sites offers affordable seeds,wheatgrass kits and trays for do it yourself horticulture.
STEP 2: Do you have everything you need?
The next step is to gather you materials to make sure you have everything. You do not want to get halfway and realize you are missing something. If you purchased a kit then all the materials should be inside. If not then these are the items you need:
- Wheatgrass seeds
- Purified water
- Potting soil or compost (organic without pesticides.)
- Spray bottle
- Tray with holes in the bottom. (About. 16×16 for 2 cups of seeds)
- Large sized bowl with a lid or plastic wrap
- Paper towels (non-chemically treated)
- A newspaper or some other covering big enough to go over your tray
STEP 3: Rinse wheatgrass seeds
The next step is to gather your seeds and rinse. Place your desired amount into the strainer and rinse with a gentle pour of your water. Rinsing your seeds helps them change from a dormant stage to a flourishing one.
STEP 4: Germinate wheatgrass seeds
After your seeds are rinsed it’s time to germinate them. This way you guarantee that each seed will grow before planting them. Other than waiting for your seeds to grow this is the longest part. You will need to do a total of 3 different soakings for a total of 10 hours each.
You want to fill up the bowl with approximately three times as much water as seeds. I prefer the asian method of measuring where you stick your fore finger in and fill the seeds up to the first indention. Then you pour the water until it hits the third indention of your finger right at the knuckle. Cover and let soak for 10 hours, and repeat twice more for a total of 3 times. After that your seeds should begin to sprout roots slightly- this means they are ready to grow.
STEP 5: Prepare your potting plant
Towards your last soak of the seeds you need to start preparing your potting plant. Lightly soak your paper towels and line the bottom of your pan. This serves a dual purpose as it keeps your plant roots from straying out through the bottom holes, and collects the nutrients that escapes from your seeds and soil when watering. That way the nutrients remains for your seeds to use and grow beautifully. Next moisten your potting soil or compost and spread liberally throughout the pan. Now you are ready to begin planting.
STEP 6: Spread your wheatgrass seeds nicely
Remove your germinated seeds from their last soak and sprinkle them lightly in you prefixed pan. Distribute them evenly so they are not bunched up together but are still side by side. Grass grows thickly so it’s okay if they are in close proximity to each other but you want to make sure none are on top of each other. A nice even layer of seeds will yield a nice even layer of wheat grass. Press lightly into soil without pushing them underneath it.
Spray lightly with your water bottle so every seed is coated. Spray your newspaper top and bottom and cover your seeds. This allows a flow of water to lightly mist the seeds throughout the day. Remember to keep your seeds lightly moistened spraying in the morning and evening twice a day. Let sit covered for 4 days- continuing to water twice daily.
STEP 7: Removing the covering and water them
Now that your seeds have firmly taken root over the four days remove the covering. Water once daily and put them near sunlight but not in direct sunlight. These are hard red seed plants and they only need minimal light to grow. A little for photosynthesis, but not so much as to burn them up. This part of the growing process should take almost 9-10 days depending. You will know it is time to harvest when the stalks split around 6-7 inches high. Cut with scissors at the root of the plant to harvest. Rinse your product of and then blend for a healthy purifying shot of wheatgrass.
Remember- it takes a lot of wheatgrass to provide the amount of juice necessary to make a sufficient shot. Therefore if you would like to incorporate this healthy herb into your diet planting multiple pans is necessary. After each step– while you are waiting– you can start a fresh batch of wheatgrass. If you plan it properly you will be able to keep a constant supply of wheatgrass for your diet, and save a lot of money. That’s all you need to know about how to grow wheatgrass for yourself. I still experiment with different seeds, kits and techniques, so I’ll expand this article later on.