How to Sprout Wheatgrass
One cup of sprouted wheatgrass seeds covers the soil of a
pot that's 7 to 8 inches in diameter. If you want to grow only the amount you
need, spread the dry seeds thickly across the bottom of the container and use
Pour the wheatgrass seeds into a one-quart glass jar. Add
filtered room-temperature water, cover the opening with the lid, and shake to
completely rinse the seeds. Carefully drain the water, using a strainer or a
lid with tiny holes. If you've removed the seeds, place them back in the jar
and cover them again with fresh filtered water.
Let the seeds soak in the water for eight to 12 hours at
room temperature. Rinse and drain the sprouts. If the seeds aren't showing any
signs of small white roots, allow them to sit in the drained but moist jar for
another eight to 12 hours, rinsing and draining every eight to 12 hours until
the roots grow.
One cup of sprouted wheatgrass seeds covers the soil in a
pot 7 inches in diameter or several smaller pots. Choose a container at least
2-1/2 to 3 inches deep.
Wheatgrass soil should be a lightweight potting mix (garden
soil is too dense). Moisten the potting mix and place it in the pot, leaving
about 1 inch of room between the soil and the top of the container.
Spread the sprouted wheatgrass seeds across the soil in a
dense layer about one or two seeds deep. Gently water the soil so it is damp
but not waterlogged. A spray bottle is ideal for watering.
Loosely cover the top of the pot with plastic wrap, a shower
cap, or other material to keep moisture from quickly evaporating. Place the pot
in a warm location, about 70 to 75 degrees F, but away from direct sunlight.
Check the wheatgrass seeds every day. By about the third to
fifth day, wheatgrass should be actively growing. When the seeds have buried
themselves in the potting soil and start to send up green shoots, remove the
protective covering and move the pot to an indoor location in bright sunlight.
Keep the soil lightly moist with a sprayer. If you allow the
soil to dry out, the tiny wheatgrass plants die.
Sprouted wheatgrass is ready to use for decorating projects
or for pets in about six to eight days.
Eating and Juicing Wheatgrass
You can cut wheatgrass at any stage
but ideally when it reaches about 6 inches tall. The older the grass gets, the
more bitter it tastes. Clip the grass just above the seed.
Just as your lawn grass does,
wheatgrass continues to grow after you clip it, but the nutritional properties
are lower with the second cutting. It's best to simply compost or dispose of
the seeds and potting mix and start another batch.
Wheatgrass contains iron, calcium,
magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C, and E.