As the name suggests, wheatgrass is nothing but the young grass of the wheat plant. Over the recent years, wheatgrass has become increasingly popular and thanks to the many health benefits it offers.
Wheatgrass is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, and is great for the digestive system at well. Thankfully, growing your own wheatgrass is also possible- you can do it right at home and enjoy the many benefits of this amazing plant.
These simple steps will guide you into setting up the correct environment to grow wheatgrass at home.
- Start by having a good amount of high quality wheatgrass seeds. Ideally, the best quality wheatgrass seeds grains are large, equal in size and are white in color.
- Clean the seeds thoroughly and remove all traces of dirt and insects, if any.
- Wash these seeds properly with water for around 3-4 times.
- Soak the seeds in a glass jar containing water for around 12 hours. This allows the water to seep in through the tough outer coating of the wheatgrass seeds.
- Drain the water completely and allow the seeds to rest for 48 hours and germinate. Every 8 hours, water the seeds once more and then drain off the water.
- Once the seeds have germinated, spread them on a tray having small holes on its surface. It is best to choose an earthen tray or pot or make a hole in it to remove excess water, or use a food grade plastic tray.
- Spread a layer of kitchen towel on the base of your container to hold in some moisture, and then spread a layer of soil over it. Next, spread the germinated wheatgrass seeds over it carefully, making sure that the white tails don’t overlap each other or break.
- Let this tray remain untouched for 48 hours to stimulate the formation of roots. Make sure the seeds don’t dry out- spray some water occasionally with a spray.
- Also make sure the room you place this tray in is airy- if not, use a fan to circulate air.
- Continue watering the seeds for upto 4 days- make sure you drain all the excess water and don’t allow water to accumulate in the container. Harvest the seeds on the 7th or 8th day- the wheatgrass will now have the maximum nutrients.
Following the above instructions step by step will help you grow wheatgrass at home easily. Apart from following these instructions, there are a few other things you need to keep in mind.
- Make sure you do not keep the wheatgrass container in direct sunlight. Just place the container near a window for it to get exposed to indirect sunlight, particularly on the 6-8th day.
- Always make sure there is no excess water in the tray or container that you are using to grow the wheatgrass. Allowing excess water to remain will cause decay of seeds and create mold.
- Ensure that the temperature of the room in which the wheatgrass container is placed is around 21 degree Celsius. Too high or too low temperatures will interfere with the proper growth and development of the seeds.
- Make sure you harvest the wheatgrass when a second blade of grass appears towards the bottom of a single blade. This usually signifies that it is now ready to harvest.
- Harvest the wheatgrass one at a time- using a pair of scissors is recommended.
- Store the extra wheatgrass in a food grade container in the fridge- it will last for upto 14 days. However, it is best to consume it the day it was harvested to get the maximum nutrient value.