How to Grow Wheatgrass
Use Red Hard Winter Wheat Seeds.
Your seeds can stay dry in a tightly sealed mason jar in the fridge for years.
Start soaking your seeds in the evening so you start the rinsing process each morning.
Put one cup of dry seeds in a Ball Mason jar.
Add three parts filtered water to the jar.
You will need to start two cups of seeds for a 10 x 20 inch tray.
Twice a day for the next 24 – 36 hours, drain and rinse with fresh water.
Use rinsing water to water your other plants.
Within 24 – 36 hours the red hard winter wheat seeds will grow little nubs. This means it is time to plant.
Fill a tray with 100 percent organic potting mix.
Spread soil to ½ inch to ¾ inch in a tray
Remove sticks and rocks – spend time to make soil as even and smooth as possible.
The attention to details will make a difference in your yield.
Use the bottom of another tray and press down to lightly pack the soil.
Pre-moisten the soil with a misting bottle.
Pour the seeds on top of the soil.
The one cup of seeds will have swollen to a cup and a half.
Spread seeds so that they are not piled on top of each other.
Water by pouring into the sprout lid to disperse the water to avoid disturbing the seeds.
A 10 x 20 tray will take 2 cups of seeds that have swollen to about 3 cups.
Use about 4 cups of water the first time – you want to water until it starts to drip through the bottom of the tray.
Each subsequent time will take 1 cup of water.
Then add a cover tray to keep the roots from drying out.
Water twice a day with a cup of water through the sprouting lid and replace the cover tray.
After three days of watering twice a day, you will start to see the first evidence of green grass blades. You can now remove the cover tray.
After four days, wheatgrass has formed a root mat and looks like sod.
Keep watering twice a day for a total of ten days.
You know it is time to cut the wheatgrass when the jointing stage occurs which is a second baby growth coming from the base of the wheatgrass.
For a sweeter taste, cut the entire tray at beginning of the jointing stage which is when it is growing from a baby into an adult.
You can cut and transfer to a bag and keep in the fridge and will last about 5 days or even longer in a green bag.
Grapefruit seed extract may be used for mold but the best approach is to prevent mold with proper air flow. You need gentle air flow to solve mold problems.
Mold will form if the temperature or the humidity of the room is too high or the trays are not clean or you are using old or bad seed.