There’s a lot of things you can do with this incredibly nutritious plant, which is why you should learn how to grow wheatgrass in your yard.
You can grind it and consume it raw in a smoothie, it can be mixed as a juice, and it also makes an excellent snack for cats!
Wheatgrass can tolerate cold and hot temperatures and can be easily be grown both outdoors and indoors.
In this article, I’ll talk about how to grow wheatgrass in your house or in the garden.
- 1 Preparing the Wheat Seeds for Growing
- 2 How to Grow Wheatgrass Outdoors
- 3 How to Grow Wheatgrass Indoors
- 4 Tips for Wheatgrass Plant Care
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- 6 Final Thoughts
Preparing the Wheat Seeds for Growing
For growing healthy wheatgrass, you’ll need to collect the right set of healthy seeds. You can buy the right seeds from health food stores or from online stores.
I’d definitely recommend you to get 100% organic wheat seeds for growing wheatgrass indoors.
These grasses can be cultivated hydroponically, but they are generally grown in containers filled with soil. You can either sow the seeds directly in the soil or transplant them when the seeds germinate in a container.
If this is your first time, you might wonder about how to sprout wheatgrass or prepare seeds for germination. It’s actually quite easy.
To prepare the seeds, soak them in lukewarm water for approximately 12 hours. It will soften the outer layer. After 12 hours, remove them from the water and air dry them for another 12 hours.
How to Grow Wheatgrass Outdoors
When you prepare the seeds, you have to make sure your garden soil is ready as well.
If you can provide your wheatgrass seeds with optimum levels of soil condition, they can be grown even during fall and spring.
Here’s how you prepare the soil:
- Select a shady area and loosen the top 2-3 inch soil (to improve the root growth during their seedling stage).
- After you lose the soil properly, water it deeply so that it packs when you press. To loosen the soil, you may use a rake, hoe, or shovel.
- Rake the land several times to smoothen the soil. Once the soil is ready, sprinkle the seeds on the land. For every square inch, you should try laying around 10 seeds only.
To enhance the germination process, you should keep the land moist. If the moisture level stays in favorable condition, the seeds will germinate within 7 days.
Next, it’s time to sow and plant the seeds.
Once you sow the seeds, don’t forget to check the moisture status. The topsoil should not be dry. Though wheatgrass can tolerate a short period of drought, it’s better to maintain an optimum moisture level.
Never use any toxic materials (i.e., chemical fertilizers or pesticides) to the growing site as these plants will absorb them.
Once they have sprouted and starting to grow, you can start harvesting them when they reach 6 to 7 inches tall.
They will keep providing you the supply 2 or 3 times after each harvest, but the nutrient content of these plants will decrease after every cutting.
How to Grow Wheatgrass Indoors
Growing wheatgrass indoors is actually as easy as growing it in the yard.
Once you soak the seeds, prepare a tray or container with organic-rich soil. Sprinkle the seeds on the tray and moisten them properly.
It’s a good idea to cover all those seeds with plastic mulch because it will reduce evaporation loss. It will also protect the seeds from pests. You can remove the plastic from time to time to mist them depending on temperature and other conditions.
Remove the cover from the tray when the seedlings start appearing and are about 1 or 1.5 inches tall. Maintain the soil moisture carefully.
Since you’re growing them in a container, you should check the soil moisture regularly and water often.
Once the plants reach 6 or 7 inches in height, you can harvest and enjoy them.
Tips for Wheatgrass Plant Care
- Germination of the wheat seeds should be in the dark. Once the seedlings appear, place them in indirect light at the beginning. Then gradually place them in a spot with direct sunlight.
- If you’re growing them indoors, try using a slightly acidic organic soil mix. On the other hand, you should incorporate compost or other organic materials if you’re growing them outdoors.
- Wheatgrass grows best when the temperature stays between 60F and 70F.
- Watering is important while growing wheatgrass. Maintain soil moisture properly. Be careful not to make the soil soggy because it will cause root rot.
- Using liquid fertilizer is the best way to boost growth within a short period. Make sure you mix it with water and dilute it properly before using it. Apply the fertilizer to the soil but not to the leaves.
- In case of any mold problems, mix 15ml of baking soda per 4L of water. Then spray it on the plants regularly.
- Remember that you can cut these grasses at any stage, but it’s ideal to wait until they reach 6 inches tall. The taste will be bitter if you wait for a longer period.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take to grow wheatgrass?
Harvest them when they grow 6 to 7 inches tall, and to reach this stage, they may take 7-10 days.
Does wheatgrass require full sun to grow?
They require a bright spot. Intense sunlight can burn the leaves.
How much moisture should I provide?
It depends on the soil type and temperatures. Try to keep the soil moist but not completely wet.
When should I harvest wheatgrass?
You may harvest these plants when they reach 6 or 7 inches in height.
Wheatgrass is a fantastic source of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. One of the most common ways of consumption is to drink wheatgrass juice. You can either simply add it to water or mix it with other ingredients and turn it into a smoothie.
As you can see now, growing wheatgrass is actually pretty easy. Plus, you can do it either indoors or choose to grow wheatgrass in your yard.
Once they’ve matured enough, you can harvest them at any time.
But remember, you should harvest them at the right time because these plants may reach up to 5 feet if they are not harvested.