Growing your own wheatgrass is one of the best ways to ensure that you are able to get the highest quality wheat grass plants. These plants will then provide the most nutritious and beneficial wheatgrass juice possible. We always recommend starting with organic seeds and soil to eliminate any risk of unnecessary or harmful additives or ingredients that can detract from the beneficial effects of the wheatgrass juice.
Wheatgrass juice is so packed with nutrients and other healthy compounds that it is frequently referred to as liquid sunshine. The best and most healthful compounds found under the sun are packed into the wheatgrass plant and the simplest way to get the most out of this ultimate blood purifier is to drink the extracted wheatgrass juice.
Finding a reliable source of fresh wheatgrass juice is not always easy. In fact, the only way to really ensure that you have a steady supply of fresh, organic wheatgrass juice is to grow your own plants and juice them yourself. This process is not as difficult as it may sound at first. Growing wheatgrass is easy and takes very little space; just a sunny window or area on the deck and you can grow your own wheat grass plants.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for growing wheatgrass at home:
Gather the Necessary Supplies
These standard sized 11″ x 21″ x 2″ Seedling Trays
are made from 80% recycled polystyrene with drainage slots for the perfect moisture balance. They are reusable and recyclable and come in a pack of 5 trays or flats. Perfect for growing wheatgrass from seed to harvest and the trays can be reused over and over again. One standard tray will typically yield about 14 to 18 ounces of wheatgrass juice. The amount of wheatgrass juice you need will depend on a number of factors, but most people start with one to two ounces per day, per person.
An exceptional blend of Organic Potting Soil
that is ideal for new seedlings, complete with everything your wheatgrass plants will need. It is ready to be used directly from the bag and has a light texture that has proven most effective for drainage and aeration.
One pound (16-ounces) Organic Wheatgrass Seeds
. Seeds are certified organic and have a high germination rate and long shelf life.
This Pressurized Plant Mister
is the easiest way to spray/mist your wheatgrass plants. No risk of over-watering, no-mess and much easier than a hand spray bottle.
How to Grow Wheatgrass:
Step #1 – Germinating your Wheatgrass Seeds
Use organic wheatgrass seeds for the freshest tasting and sweetest wheatgrass juice. Organic seeds also help ensure that your wheatgrass has no residual chemicals or other contaminants that will affect the wholesome and nutritious benefits of the juice. Germinate your seeds for the best results.
- Place enough seeds to plant one layer in whatever tray you are using. Place these seeds into a bowl; about 1-1/2 to 2 cups.
- Using clean water, rinse and drain the seeds. Next, place the seeds in a clean container with approximately two or three times the amount of cool water to seeds. Cover and place in a cool location.
- Let the seeds soak in this water for approximately 8 to 10 hours.
- Drain the water, gently rinse and again place in a container with approximately two to three times cool water to seeds, ratio. Again, soak for eight to ten hours. Keep covered with a clean towel or plastic wrap while soaking.
- After this second soaking, drain the water and repeat the gentle rinsing and soaking for a third period of eight to ten hours.
- Check to see if the seeds have begun to sprout roots; the roots should be at least 1/8” to 1/4”. The seeds will usually sprout within a day or two; once they have reached this point they are ready for planting.
- If after the third soaking, the seeds still have not sprouted roots of at least 1/8”, continue rinsing and soaking the seeds until they germinate. Be sure to rinse and give the seeds fresh water at least twice each day or they will turn sour and won’t germinate.
Step #2 – Preparing the Seedling Tray
- Line the tray with paper towels that are unbleached. The towels will prevent the roots from growing out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the tray.
- Set the tray on a liner or something that will catch any water that may drip out form the drainage slots.
- Next, fill the tray with approximately 1-1/2” of organic potting mix that has been pre-moistened. Be sure that your potting soil is organic and has no added chemicals or artificial fertilizers.
Step #3 – Plant the Germinated Seeds
- Rinse the germinated seeds one final time before planting.
- Evenly layer your sprouted wheatgrass seeds over your damp potting soil, be sure you cover all dirt and make a dense layer. Very gently press the sprouted seeds onto the soil.
- Thoroughly water the seeds until water drips out the bottom of your tray.
- Cover the sprouted seeds with a sheet of damp newspaper or paper towels. You want to keep the seeds dark, cool and moist until they develop green shoots that are about 1” tall; about one or two days.
- Once they have developed green shoots, remove the damp newspaper and place the wheatgrass tray in indirect sunlight; preferably near a sunny window with adequate ventilation. You do not want your wheatgrass to be in direct sunlight.
- Keep the wheat grass plants cool, moist and in a sunny location.
Step #4 – Keeping your Wheatgrass Plants Watered
You will want to water the young shoots at least once or twice a day depending on where you live. If you live in a humid environment, you will water less than a dry climate. The important thing is to be sure that the soil does not get dry which will cause the wheatgrass shoots to die off before they have a chance to take root.
The best way to water your wheatgrass plants is to use a light to medium setting on a spray bottle. Once the shoots are approximately an inch tall, you can reduce watering to maybe once per day; again, this will depend on the climate where you live. Always be sure the soil remains just damp enough to keep the roots moist, but avoid over-watering.
Step #5 – Harvesting Your Wheatgrass
From planting to harvesting, your wheatgrass will take about seven days. You should harvest the wheatgrass when it is about 6” to 7” tall; this is the point when the wheatgrass is at its peak of nutritional value. After this point there is a rapid reduction in its nutritional content.
When you harvest the wheatgrass, you will want to use a pair of sharp scissors and cut as close to the soil as possible. You will want to be sure that you keep planting new trays as you are harvesting, so that you always have a fresh supply of wheatgrass to juice. If for some reason you can not juice the wheatgrass plants on the day you harvest them, wrap them with a damp paper towel and keep them in the refrigerator. The plants will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week; just be sure you do not let the plants get too tall or you lose the nutritional benefit.
A standard 11” x 21” tray will yield approximately 16 to 20 ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice.
Step #6 – Juicing the Wheatgrass
To juice the wheatgrass, you will need a wheatgrass juicer. The important thing is to pick a juicer that will be able to extract the juice without causing the machine to clog or breakdown. Most lightweight home juicers are not adequate to handle the fibrous wheatgrass plant. There are several great models of juicers that will do an excellent job of juicing wheatgrass plants.
Before juicing, be sure to rinse your wheatgrass plants. Place the plants in your juicer top down; this will help you get the most yield from your plants while maintaining maximum nutritional content.
Choose a complete wheatgrass kit and you’ll have everything you need to get started.
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