Shortly, the process is: soaked the grains, germinated them, planted them in the soil, after a few days cut off the sprouts and squeezed out the juice. It sounds effortless. But in practice, 9 out of 10 people who want to try to grow wheatgrass at home do it for the first and last time.

Cause of many technical questions: how long to soak and germinate; into or without soil; use grow lights or not; how much to water the sprouts; is it necessary to fertilize; what to do with mold or fungi; when to harvest the sprouts.

The fact is that for the proper growth of wheatgrass, a balanced and stable microclimate, proper light, and cyclic watering are required. Without all this, wheat seeds germination is slower; no more than half of the seeds germinate; and most of the seeds be moldy, which prevents wheatgrass from growing perfectly and saturating the sprouts with a record high amount of vitamins and minerals.

So, our goal! In 7-10 days, having a handful of wheat seeds squeeze out delicious and highly healthy juice from the grown wheatgrass.

Which wheat is best for wheatgrass?

According to scientists and nutritionists, hard red wheat is the best for this purpose. The wheatgrass juice from the hard red wheat sprouts contains more vitamins and minerals than the wheatgrass juice from other wheat types.

Two tiny heaps of wheat berries; Hard Red Wheat with a reddish hue of the kernel and Hard White Wheat with a sandy-beige color kernel.
Hard Red Wheat has a reddish hue of the kernel. And Hard White Wheat has a sandy-beige color kernel.

But of course, there is no significant difference between Hard Red and Hard White Wheat; they are slightly different in flavor and color - but the nutritional profile is almost identical. The main differences happen between Hard and Soft Wheat (Soft Wheat contains less protein).

As for me, I've tried both Hard Red and Hard White Wheat. Wheatgrass juice from Hard Red Wheat sprouts has a slightly sweeter taste, in my opinion.

What do you need to grow wheatgrass

  • Bowl for soaking and sprouting seeds (or any deep plate);
  • Strainer;
  • Measuring cup;
  • Growing trays with drain holes (or any plastic containers with lids, the volume is about 48 ounces);
  • Spray bottle;
  • Scissors or sharp knife;
  • Organic potting mix;
  • Wheatgrass juicer or high-powered blender;

This is all stuff you need to grow wheatgrass at home.
All that you need to grow wheatgrass at home.

The best conditions for growing wheatgrass

In short, wheatgrass prefers to grow below the following conditions:

  • temperature around about 60-75 F (15-23 C);
  • air circulation, as soon as possible to blow off excess moisture;
  • enough watering with the cool water, but not flooding;
  • enough sunlight during the day and grow-lamps at night;

These are ideal conditions for the growth process of wheatgrass and can be adjusted if needed. I wrote about that in more detail here: What are the best conditions for growing wheatgrass?

Main steps of growing wheatgrass at home

  1. Soaking Wheatgrass Seeds;
  2. Sprouting Wheatgrass Seeds;
  3. Planting Sprouted Wheatgrass Seeds;
  4. Growing Wheatgrass Sprouts;
  5. Harvesting Wheatgrass Shoots;

Freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice on my right palm.
Squeezing wheatgrass juice has become routine for me.

I've been growing wheatgrass since the beginning of 2018 and have gained enough practical experience. Step by step, we will go through the process, which has already become routine for me.

I will show you that growing wheatgrass at home is NOT complicated, NOT expensive, NOT time-consuming, and does NOT take up a lot of space.

Let's get started!

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