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How To Grow Wheatgrass From Seed To Harvest


How To Grow Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass, a commonly known variety of microgreens, is recognized for its robust, grassy flavor and impressive nutritional profile.


It's the young, tender shoot of the wheat plant, harvested just as it reaches the jointing stage – when the plant transitions from a seedling to producing grain.


Packed with a spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass is often considered a superfood. It's particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Wheatgrass is also known for its high chlorophyll content, which has been linked to several health benefits.


Wheatgrass stands out among other microgreens for its versatility.


While many microgreens are commonly used as garnish or mixed into salads, wheatgrass often finds its place in juices and smoothies due to its potent flavor and high nutrient content.


Its ability to be easily grown indoors is another trait that sets wheatgrass apart.


Wheatgrass grows well in trays, making it an ideal choice for indoor gardening, and it typically has a quick growth cycle, usually ready for harvest within 7-10 days.


Understanding these unique qualities of wheatgrass microgreens is crucial for anyone looking to integrate them into their diet or gardening routine.


Whether you're seeking a health boost or a fun, fulfilling indoor gardening project, growing wheatgrass from seed to harvest can be a rewarding endeavor.



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How To Grow Wheatgrass Microgreens


Growing wheatgrass from seed to harvest requires only a few essential items:


Wheatgrass Seeds: Wheatgrass seeds are easily available in health food stores or online. Make sure the seeds are organic and free from any chemical treatments.


Growing Trays: You'll need shallow growing trays. If possible, use trays with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.


Growing Medium: A good-quality organic potting soil or coconut coir provides a nutritious base for the wheatgrass to grow.


Spray Bottle: A spray bottle is essential for maintaining the right moisture levels during the germination process.


Light Source: While wheatgrass doesn’t require direct sunlight, it does need light. A sunny window or a grow light will work well.


Harvesting Tool: A pair of sharp scissors or a sharp knife will be needed to harvest the wheatgrass.


With these basics in mind, you are ready to start the exciting journey of growing your own wheatgrass from seed to harvest!



Step 1. Germinate The Seeds


Start by soaking your wheatgrass seeds in a jar with water for 24 hours.


This hydration process is essential for successful germination.


Once the 24 hours have passed, the seeds will be well-hydrated and ready to be planted.


Step 2. Prepare The Grow Tray


Wheatgrass grows well in soilless mediums, and coconut coir is an excellent choice.


It's pest-free and less messy compared to traditional soil.


Begin with two 10x20-inch growing trays: the bottom tray will be filled with water while the upper tray should contain drainage holes, enabling the water to reach the roots of the wheatgrass, thus preventing mold growth and facilitating the growing process.


Fill the upper tray with coconut coir, smooth the surface, and mist it thoroughly with a spray bottle to moisturize it.


If a spray bottle is not available, sprinkle water over the coconut coir until it's adequately moist.


Step 3. Plant The Seeds


Now it's time to distribute the hydrated seeds evenly over the prepared medium. Once the seeds are in place, mist them once more.


Instead of covering the seeds with soil, place another tray on top to create a dark and humid environment, essential for the next 2 or 3 days.


Position your tray in a location with a steady temperature, ideally between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, to encourage germination.


Continue to spray the seeds with water every 10-12 hours, approximately 15 sprays each time.


Step 4. Uncover And Give Light


After about three days, the wheatgrass seeds should have developed shoots.


At this point, remove the top tray and expose your wheatgrass to at least 12 hours of light daily, continuing to water them every other day with a spray bottle.


Step 5. Check Daily


For the remainder of the growth period, maintain a balanced watering routine.


Now, instead of using a spray bottle, fill the bottom tray with water to hydrate the microgreens, being careful not to overfill.


While you can still water from the top, try to avoid the leaves to reduce the risk of mold growth.



Common Challenges in Growing Wheatgrass Microgreens and How to Overcome Them


Just like any other plant, wheatgrass microgreens can face several challenges during the growth process.


Here are a few common issues you might encounter and the solutions to overcome them:


Poor Germination:


If you notice a low germination rate, your seeds may have not been soaked long enough or the environment might be too dry. Ensure that you soak the seeds for at least 24 hours before planting and maintain a humid environment for the first few days after planting.


Mold:


This is a common issue in growing wheatgrass and can be caused by overwatering or poor ventilation. To prevent this, try watering less frequently, increasing air circulation around your growing tray, or even using a fan on low setting nearby.


Yellowing Leaves:


If your wheatgrass shoots are not turning green as expected, they might be lacking sufficient light. Ensure your wheatgrass is receiving at least 12 hours of light daily.


Weak or Falling Shoots:


This could be a result of overcrowding. Make sure to spread the seeds evenly and not too densely when planting.


Slow Growth:


If your wheatgrass is growing slowly, it might be too cold. Wheatgrass grows best in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.


Remember, growing wheatgrass microgreens, like any other plant, requires patience and attention.


Even if you face challenges, don’t be discouraged. Keep trying, experimenting and learning.


Soon you'll be able to grow lush, vibrant wheatgrass microgreens at home!



Growing Microgreens

How To Harvest Wheatgrass Microgreens


Once the wheatgrass reaches approximately six inches in height, it's ready to be harvested.


One of the remarkable characteristics of wheatgrass is its ability to regrow, allowing for two or three harvests from a single planting.


Unlike many other microgreens, this regrowth gives you more yield per seed. To harvest, simply use a pair of scissors and trim the top three inches of the wheatgrass.


And just like that, you've successfully grown wheatgrass microgreens – simple, isn't it?


Uses of Wheatgrass Microgreens


Wheatgrass is best consumed when it's juiced and can be mixed with a variety of other beverages.


An excellent addition to a smoothie, wheatgrass pairs well with frozen fruits to make a nutrient-packed breakfast or snack.


Apart from being consumed as a drink, fresh wheatgrass can also be used in salads and other dishes, imparting a unique, fresh flavor and increasing the nutritional profile of your meals.


 

Having just explored the fascinating world of growing wheatgrass microgreens, you might be wondering, 'What more can I learn and grow in the world of microgreens?'


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7 Wheatgrass Microgreens Recipe Ideas


Wheatgrass Smoothie:


Start your day with a refreshing and nutritious smoothie. Blend a handful of wheatgrass microgreens, a banana, some frozen berries, a spoonful of honey, and a cup of almond milk. This smoothie is packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.


Wheatgrass Juice:


Wheatgrass microgreens are perfect for making fresh green juice. Simply juice the wheatgrass along with some fresh fruits like apples or pineapples for sweetness. Adding a touch of ginger can provide a refreshing zing.


Wheatgrass Pesto:


Add a healthy twist to your regular pesto by incorporating wheatgrass. Blend wheatgrass, fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese to create a unique, nutritious sauce. This pesto is perfect with pasta, sandwiches, or as a flavorful topping for grilled vegetables.


Wheatgrass Salad Dressing:


For a light, tangy salad dressing, blend wheatgrass with olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. This simple dressing adds a fresh, earthy flavor to any salad.


Wheatgrass Soup:


Add a handful of wheatgrass microgreens to your favorite soup. They blend perfectly with vegetable or chicken broth-based soups, contributing a fresh, nutritious element.


Wheatgrass Stir-Fry:


Toss wheatgrass microgreens into a stir-fry at the last moment, allowing them to wilt slightly but still retain their vibrant green color. They complement stir-fried veggies, tofu, or chicken quite well.


Wheatgrass Tacos:


For a fun and healthful twist, sprinkle a handful of wheatgrass microgreens over your tacos before serving. The wheatgrass adds a touch of freshness and an added nutritional boost.


Remember, the possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating wheatgrass microgreens into your meals.


These microgreens not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of dishes but also significantly boost their nutritional value.


Experiment with these ideas and discover the versatility of this fantastic superfood!



5 Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Microgreens


Due to their nutritional content, they provide many antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and cancer-preventing benefits.


Wheatgrass also offers a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps control body weight and regulate metabolism.


1. Kills Cancer Cells


Due to the high number of antioxidants found in wheatgrass, one study found that wheatgrass induced cell death in cancer cells and decreased the number of leukemia cells by up to 65%. (1)


2. Decreases Blood Sugar Levels


High blood sugar can cause many health problems, such as fatigue, and thirst, and can eventually lead to vision problems and other major health problems.


Luckily, wheatgrass was found in multiple studies to lower blood sugar. (2)


3. Prevent Chronic Inflammation


Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury and infection, but when the inflammation is prolonged it can cause chronic inflammation which has been connected to many diseases in the body.