Wheatgrass is easy to grow. Soak the seed for about 12 hours, then drain for about 12 hours. After that you sprinkle the seed on almost any porous surface, and watch it grow. The porous surface allows the root to attach and hold the plant upright. We have dropped seed on the floor, left some in a bucket, and if kept moist and above 60 degrees F., they will surprise you how they will grow 7-8 inches tall, with no soil.
Now let’s add some soil. It doesn’t matter how poor the soil is, it will still grow. It doesn’t matter if the wheat seed is a variety of wheat seed used for donuts, pasta, pizza, or crackers, it will still grow into wheatgrass. Now that I have said that, lets re-phrase the question, “How to Grow Nutritious Wheatgrass”. Well that’s easy too. It starts with the right seed, (the right variety and species and organic of course),a highly mineralized soil, and a good growing environment.
Since we have been able to help you with your selection of soil and seed, your environment will be your biggest challenge.Wheatgrass in usually grown indoors. For those who ask, yes it can be grown outdoors. It can be grown outside if you have a shady location.Wheatgrass can be grown outdoors during the fall and spring months before the weather gets too hot.Wheatgrass does not like being over 90 degrees F. It prefers 60-70 degrees F. During the hot days of summer, the black growing trays will absorb the heat of the sun and can easily overheat the roots.
Wheatgrass can be grown outdoors during the winter months if kept from freezing. The colder the weather the slower it will grow. Aso remember the childhood poem, birdie, birdie in the sky. You will have to protect your wheatgrass outside from birds flying overhead, prowling cats and other critters.
For consistent wheatgrass production, cleanliness and protection, its just better to grow wheatgrass indoors. Since we have customers from hot humid Florida to cold dry Utah, it’s hard for us to tell you which location in your home is the best. You will need to experiment as to which location in your home does the best.
With the proper seed, soil and environment, the following directions should get you started. Wheatgrass does not need direct sunlight. If you have adequate sunlight to grow plants indoors, you should be able to grow wheatgrass. Wheatgrass Seed needs at least 60 degrees F. or higher to sprout. Once the little seedlings reach a height of 1/4 to 1/2 inch high, you can lower the temperature. You will find it grows slower under 60 degrees F. The best temperature is between 60-75 degrees F. with good air circulation.
The warmer the temperature, the faster it grows. Keep in mind, the slower it grows with a cooler growing temperature, the longer it has to draw up the rich minerals from highly mineralized Genesis Wheatgrass Soil. (reference the link to Genesis Wheatgrass Seed). If the temperature starts getting above 80 degrees F., you will need to increase air circulation. Wheatgrass does not like being over 90 degrees F.. Keeping it a little on the dry side, instead of the wet side will help control mold. Mold likes it hot and wet with little air circulation.