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How to Grow Wheatgrass at Home

Four Parts:Soaking and Germinating Wheatgrass SeedsPlanting the SeedsHarvesting the WheatgrassJuicing the Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that keep your mind and body healthy and vibrant. Taking a "shot" of juiced wheatgrass as part of your morning breakfast routine is considered a healthy way to start the day, but it can get very expensive. If you want to make wheatgrass a regular part of your diet, try growing it yourself at home instead of buying it already juiced. This article provides information on how to grow wheatgrass from seeds and make the most of it once it has matured.

Part 1
Soaking and Germinating Wheatgrass Seeds

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    Source wheatgrass seeds. Wheatgrass seeds are also called hard winter wheat seed or wheat berries. Buy a bag of seeds online or at a health supply store. Look for organic seeds from a reputable source to make sure the seeds haven't been treated with pesticides and will grow into healthy, vibrant grass.
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    Prepare the seeds for soaking. Before the seeds can be soaked and germinated, they need to be measured and rinsed.
    • Measure out enough seeds to create a light layer on the seed tray you use to grow the grass. For a 16" x 16" tray, use about two cups of seeds.
    • Rinse the seeds in cool, clean water using a colander with very small holes or a strainer. Drain them well and put them in a bowl.
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    Soak the seeds. Soaking the seeds initiates germination. By the end of the process, the seeds will have sprouted small roots.
    • Pour cold water, preferably filtered, into the bowl of seeds. Add about 3 times as much water as you have seeds. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place it on the counter to soak for about 10 hours, or overnight.
    • Drain the water from the seeds and replace it with more cold, filtered water - again, about 3 times as much water as you have seeds. Let it soak for another 10 hours.
    • Repeat the process one more time, for a total of three long soaks.
    • By the end of the last soak, the seeds should have sprouted roots. This means they are ready to plant. Drain them and set them aside until you're ready to plant them.

Part 2
Planting the Seeds

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    Prepare the seed tray for planting. Line the seed tray with paper towels, to prevent the wheatgrass roots from growing through the holes in the bottom of the tray. Spread an even two-inch layer of organic compost or potting soil in the seed tray.
    • If possible, use paper towels that have not been treated with chemicals or dyes. Recycled, chemical-free paper towels are available at health food stores.
    • Use pre-moistened compost or potting soil free of pesticides or other chemicals. It's important to use organic soil to get the most benefit from your wheatgrass.
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    Plant the seeds. Spread the seeds in an even layer across the top of the compost or potting soil. Lightly press the seeds into the soil, but don't completely bury them.
    • It's fine if the seeds are touching each other, but make sure there's not a pile of seeds in one area. Each seed needs a little room to grow.
    • Water the tray lightly, making sure each seed gets a sprinkle.
    • Cover the tray with a few moistened sheets of newspaper to protect the seedlings.
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    Keep the seeds moist. It's important to make sure the seeds don't dry out in the first few days after you plant them. Keep them damp as they root themselves in the seed tray.
    • Lift the newspaper and water the tray thoroughly in the morning so that the soil is wet, but not completely waterlogged.
    • Use a spray bottle filled with water to lightly mist the soil in the evening before you go to bed, so the seedlings don't dry out overnight. Spray the newspaper, too, so it keeps them wet.
    • After four days, remove the newspaper. Continue watering the sprouted grass once a day.
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    Keep the grass in partial sunlight. Direct sun will damage the grass, so make sure it is always in a shady place in your home.

Part 3
Harvesting the Wheatgrass

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    Wait for the wheatgrass to "split." Once the shoots are mature, a second blade of grass will begin growing out of the first shoot. This is called "splitting" and means that the grass is ready for harvesting.
    • At this point the grass should be about six inches tall.
    • Grass is usually ready to harvest after 9 or 10 days of growth.
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    Cut the wheatgrass above the root. Use a scissors to harvest the grass by clipping it just above the root and collecting it in a bowl. The harvested grass is ready to be juiced.
    • Harvested wheatgrass keeps in the refrigerator for about a week, but it tastes best and provides the most health benefits when it's harvested right before you plan to juice it.
    • Keep watering the wheatgrass to produce a second crop. Harvest that crop once it's mature.
    • Sometimes a third crop comes up, but it's usually not as tender and sweet as the first one. Empty the seed tray and prepare it for another batch of seedlings.
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    Start the process again. It takes a lot of wheatgrass to make just a few shots of wheatgrass juice. If you plan to make wheatgrass a part of your daily diet, you'll need more than one tray of seedlings growing at a time.
    • Time the growing and harvesting cycle so that you have a new batch of seeds soaking while the previous batch is in the process of taking root. If you have two or three seeds at various stages in rotation, you should be able to produce enough wheatgrass to have a shot of juice every day.
    • Wheatgrass is a beautiful bright green color, and adds a natural touch to your kitchen or sunroom, wherever you choose to grow it. Consider growing wheatgrass in a decorative container and surrounding your wheatgrass with other plants, so that you can enjoy the beauty of wheatgrass as well as its health benefits.

Part 4
Juicing the Wheatgrass

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    Rinse the wheatgrass. Since the wheatgrass was grown from organic seeds in organic soil or compost, it doesn't need a heavy washing. Give it a light rinse to wash away any debris or dust it may have collected from the air.
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    Place the wheatgrass in a juicer. Special wheatgrass juicers are designed to make the most of this fibrous plant.
    • Avoid using regular juicers, since wheatgrass can clog them and cause them to break.
    • You can use a blender if you don't have a juicer. Once the wheatgrass is completely blended, use a strainer to take out the solids.
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    Enjoy a shot of wheatgrass. You only need a few ounces of wheatgrass juice to feel the effects of its powerful mix of vitamins and minerals.


  • Wheatgrass is said to cleanse the body of toxins. Drink wheatgrass juice to relieve stress and replenish your energy.
  • If your wheatgrass tray shows signs of mold, increase the air circulation in the growing area by placing a fan nearby. Harvest the wheatgrass above the layer of mold; it will still be healthy to consume.
  • Go to your local garden center and ask them for the plastic trays the plants come in—they usually have a stack they throw away. These are the perfect size for growing wheatgrass.

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