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Growing Wheat Grass March 16, 2010

Filed under: Organic Farming and Kitchen Garden — rajapanda @ 2:54 pm

Wheat grass and stories of it’s benefits are all over the net.

Here is a website which deals with the subject pretty comprehensively.
Out of all the reasons listed there I love wheat grass for it’s cleansing property the most.

Now, let’s get into the growing part. Contrary to my mental block, that wheat grass will be tough to grow, because of unavailability of growing quality seeds in the market; The wheat we get in the market for consumption turned out to be just good enough for growing purpose too.

I started with just 50 gm of wheat soaked overnight. Prepared the growing container ( a Fevicol 20 ltr drum halved into two) by putting a layer of 1 inch thick coco-peat over the soil which was already there in the container. Just for FYI I have adopted seed starting in coco-peat these days, over the earlier practice of using soil. The results are very satisfactory compared to seed-starting in soil. More on this topic later in a separate post. For the moment let’s keep to this topic.

sowing wheat grass

On the bed of coco-peat evenly spread the wheat in any manner you like. I have put it in rows. Then cover it it with 1/2″ of coco-peat and sprinkle some water over it lightly. Take care to water it daily (if required, twice) and not the let the coco-peat go dry. Put the container preferably in a bright shade place which doesn’t receive direct sunlight.

Sprouts will start appearing from day 2 onwards from the sowing day. Here is a pic taken on day 4.

wheat grass sprouts on day 4

The harvest is ready mostly by the 7th day and can be harvested over a period of one more week depending on your usage. Here is pic taken on 7th day.

wheat grass ready for harvest on 7th day

Harvest can be done by uprooting or by just cutting the grass.

wheat grass harvest

Take out the juice and drink it early morning in empty stomach for best results. The taste is very much edible (In fact tasty) without the addition of salt/sugar etc..

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13 Responses to “Growing Wheat Grass”

  1. indrani Says:

    Very intresting and useful post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. nicegirl Says:

    nice article, very usefull for me thanks…
    go green…

    http://travel-holiday-celebration.blogspot.com/

  3. indrani Says:

    Hello,

    Can we used the wheat that we buy in the stores? Will they sprout? Im guessing that it is polished wheat that we are buying at stores. What kind of wheat did u use for germination?

    – Indrani.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Indrani,

      I had bought the wheat from a usual local grocery store and it germinated with almost 100% results. Am not very sure about the polish factor though.

      Regards
      Raj

  4. Thank you for this post, Raja. I’ve been wanting to grow wheatgrass for my budgies for long and I’m sure this’d help me. Does it regrow after you cut ’em or is it a one-time harvest?

    • rajapanda Says:

      Actually i just uprooted them, didn’t seem worth the effort after cutting few of them. I guess they will regrow.

      Regards
      Raj

  5. indrani Says:

    Hello Raj,
    Thank you for clarifying my doubt. I shall try doing the same.

    Regards,
    Indrani

  6. Geetha Says:

    Hi Raj and Chandramouli,
    It grows again. I have tried harvesting two times from the same plant. It works fine though the yield is slightly less second time.
    Regards,
    Geetha

  7. Pratima Says:

    I came across your blog through google, while searching for garden blogs from India. I can relate to your efforts to grow plants in a small space and making the most of it. I’ve been meaning to grow wheat grass for a long time but was unsure. Your post is very encouraging to give it a try. Thank you so much!

  8. praseena Says:

    how do you juice them? in a juicer or a mixie?

  9. You made a few good points there. I did a search on the matter and found mainly people will
    have the same opinion with your blog.


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