How to grow Quality Wheat Grass at Home
Now that you have got aware of the many health benefits Wheatgrass offers, the next step is to start using it as a health supplement and add this wonderful potion in our daily regime.
After deciding to go for Wheatgrass supplementation we have two choices. The first one is to purchase the supplement in a form of pill, juice or powder from the market, which is easily available due to its high growing demand and awareness.
The second option is to top grow Wheatgrass at home and consume this supplement in its best natural form.
The choice is yours, but why go for expensive Wheatgrass supplements available in the market when you can grow this magnificent grass at home using this simple method.
The added advantage of learning how to grow Wheatgrass in your home is that you will be able to get uninterrupted fresh and organic daily supply.
To ensure a continuous supply of this superfood, why not grow your own?
Growing Wheatgrass at Home in 4 simple steps
You will require:
- Wheat Seeds (Approx. 50 grams – 1 cup) – Depends on the size of Planting Container.
- A planting Tray or a Pot
- Soil (Preferably Black Loamy Soil)
- Organic Fertilizer
- Water Sprayer
Step 1: The Germination Phase
Take a handful about 50 grams of wheat seed of good quality and wash them properly. After cleaning, soak them in a container that contains water for 8 to 10 hours. The best thing is to leave them soaked overnight and air dry it for a few minutes before you sow to get rid of excess moisture in the seeds.
Step 2: The Sowing Phase
Take a flat planting tray or clay pot whichever available and add soil mixed with a little organic fertilizer to it. Fill the planting tree to its three-fourths of its depth with soil and then place the seeds in it and cover with a thin layer of soil. The reason why I have mentioned Loamy soil (a mixture of sand, silt, and clay) above is that it is capable of providing ideal nutrition for wheat. The fertile, well-draining Loamy soil mixture of sand, silt, and clay allows fast absorption of water and air by plant roots, which encourages growth.
If the Loamy soil is not available, you can use Black soil as Wheat is adaptable to almost any kind of fertile soil. While you sow the seeds, make sure that the seeds are not too sticky. After sowing spray water on the soil to add a little moisture. Drain all the excess water as at this stage the soil should look finely moist and not wet.
Step 3: The Growing Phase
After completing the sowing process as mentioned above cover the planting tray with a paper or thin towel as we want to keep them protected from direct sunlight till they germinate.
After 24 hours, take off the cover for a while to spray some water over the soil/wheat seeds. Moisten the soil gently because high humidity can cause the development of molds. This cycle must be repeated till you observe little green leaves sprouting from the soil which usually takes up to 48 hours from the time we have sown the seeds.
This is the point where you remove the cover and add a little more water to the soil but remember don’t make the soil too much wet. From here on you need to spray some water over it in the morning and late evening (Twice a day). Don’t let the soil dry out.
After initial slow growth, you will see that the wheatgrass starts growing faster after the 3rd day.
You can now place the planting tree where it can get some sunshine. Preferably close to a window.
Step 4: The Harvesting Phase
In about 8-10 days after the seeds have actually been planted; wheatgrass is prepared to be harvested. Now you can see lush green blades of Wheatgrass that are ready to be juiced and provide you numerous health benefits!
Take a pair of clean scissors, cut off the top two-thirds of the new grass in small portions, or harvest the entire container as per your requirement.
A piece of advice – By planting and rotating three or four containers you will always have a fresh supply of Wheatgrass.
Here you go – Enjoy the Divine Health Benefits of Wheatgrass!