How To Grow Wheatgrass For Juicing

The first time I took a shot of wheatgrass I thought I was going to gag! So why would I ever want to grow wheatgrass? Refer back to my last post, ABC’s Of Juicing Wheatgrass: Benefits Of Wheatgrass. I must admit, I just didn’t do it right the first time, or the second time for that matter. It took some time and experimentation, but I have a few good recipes now. It’s not hard to grow wheatgrass for juicing and it can be done indoors or outside with the proper seeds, a growing tray, some soil, water and a little sunlight. You can even buy a wheatgrass growing kit to make things easier.

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Grow Wheatgrass

The kit even has instructions, but if you don’t want a kit, you can buy the seeds and use what you have around the house to grow wheatgrass. I’ll show you how.

The seeds are sold online and you can get excellent organic seeds here: Certified Organic Hard Red Wheat – 5 Lbs – For Growing Wheatgrass to Juice, Sprouting Seed, Grinding to Make Flour & Bread, Growing Ornamental Wheat Grass & More. Makes Excellent Food Storage. Outstanding Germination Rate.

In addition to the seeds you’ll need soil to grow wheatgrass. I buy organic soil at my local garden store. It has worked fine for me in the past. You can also just use some soil from your garden. My garden has compost made from my juicing pulp. It is excellent!

Trays are next. You could buy a couple of 10″x10″ trays (no drain holes) and these work great indoors and there are larger trays (with holes), 21″x11″x2″ that I use outdoors. I found my large trays at a nursery and the gentleman let me have them for free. So you could try that before buying some. A local nursery might have everything you need and give you trays to grow wheatgrass in for free.

To grow wheatgrass indoors I suggest using a small tray (10×10) or something similar in size. You’ll need one cup of seeds. Let them soak overnight in water. If you’re using a large tray, 2 cups of seeds should be enough. You’ll want to completely cover the soil in a layer of seeds. I found this unusual, but that’s how it works.

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Photo A

Prepare your tray with soil and then take the seeds that have been soaking and spread them out on the soil. They lay on top of the soil, uncovered by the soil. See photo A. Then take a couple of paper towels and layer them over the seeds. This is to water them. Spray (soak) the paper towels with water. See photo B.

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Photo B

Now all they need is a little light. Surprisingly, (at least to me) it doesn’t require a lot of sunlight to grow wheatgrass. I put mine on a plant cart and have it sitting near the window. There’s no direct sunlight there. Water (spray) the paper towel down occasionally so it doesn’t get dry. My house is dry, so I have to do this 3 or 4 times a day for the first few days. When growing it outdoors, I put it in a mostly shaded area, but it does get direct sunlight in the morning. Too much direct sun might kill it. When I grow wheatgrass outdoors I watch it carefully so that it doesn’t burn up.

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Photo C

After a few days you’ll notice the seeds sprouting. See Photo C. Leave the paper towels on, just keep them wet. Mine usually start to push the paper towels up after 4 or 5 days and then I remove the paper towels.

Continue to water the soil in the tray. I use a spray bottle when the sprouts are just coming up and a pitcher or hose as it grows higher. Water it once a day to keep the soil damp at the roots. The tray I use indoors doesn’t have holes in the bottom, so I have to be careful I don’t add too much water . When growing wheatgrass outdoors (it’s hot here in the summer) I can water until it seeps through the bottom of the tray and it’ll just drip to the ground.

Harvesting Wheatgrass

The wheatgrass will be ready to harvest when it’s 5 to 7 inches high. If it gets too tall it won’t taste good when it’s juiced. It’ll be too strong or bitter. It’s better to cut earlier than too late. Trust me, it’s harsh when it’s grown for too long.

I take mine outside on the back deck to cut it, because the grass goes everywhere. I use grass shears to cut mine. Cut the grass off near the soil, about an inch up. It’ll have no problem coming back for a second time.

Note:  Watch out for mold. I haven’t had any trouble with mine except when growing indoors in a planter, but if it does get mold you can wash it off before you juice it. And if you have a wheat or grass allergy, check with your healthcare professional before drinking wheatgrass juice.

There are of course different ways of doing things, but this is how I’ve done it in the past and it works for me. It always grows fine and I usually grow too much. I encourage you to experiment. Like my grandmother used to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

I have beautiful, nutritious wheatgrass for my juicer whenever I want it. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment. Have you grown wheatgrass? How do you like it?

In the next post I’ll go over how I juice the wheatgrass with my Omega J8004 juicer and I’ll have a couple of recipes for you. Thanks again for reading and happy juicing.

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Rich Donahue

I am a natural health enthusiast and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Health from the Sandy Hill Institute for Natural Sciences. My website PRIME Juicers is dedicated to people who enjoy juicing and want to improve their health and lose weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I also write about blending, nutrition and natural health. Please join me and have fun juicing! (I may be an affiliate for products that I recommend. If you purchase those items from my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link.)

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37 Responses

  1. Thomas says:

    Nice to see these tips. Thanks for your case. I will test this out. By the way, how much to prepare something like this? Thanks.
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  2. wilgiles
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    Awesome post!! if I really like wheat-grass for daily, I will plant like you, just harvest it when I need it. However, if It just for sometimes, I better buy wheat-grass instead of the seeds . Thanks for the shearing.

  3. Abu Fateh says:

    Wheatgrass juice is a good source of alkalinity. It helps the aged people through. Many thanks for writing on this.
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  4. Abu Fateh says:

    It’s a great source of alkalinity. Many thanks for writing on this.
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  5. Nice Piece of Information. I never knew wheatgrass is that healthy.

  6. I have grown wheat grass before and I found it pretty easy, but I do remember the first time I ingested the juice. Oh boy, I do warn people who have never done it before to watch out for the immediate cleanse. It surprised me at how fast I was “passing” food through me. LOL It does a great job of unclogging your intestinal tract! Anyway, thanks again for the great information!
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  7. jay says:

    Wheatgrace juice is delicious and sogreen and healthy.

  8. Health says:

    I buy wheatgrass powder and drink it everyday. I never know you can grow it at home and I didn’t know what it looks like. Just know it’s a great source of alkalinity. Thanks for sharing this article Rich!

  9. Mark Kelly says:

    This is very helpful. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  10. Moo Jae says:

    I would want to plant wheatgrass too. Where can i buy the seeds for a cheap price?
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  11. donahue
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    Whether you think , is there wholesale to buy this seeds? and how to intall the cable for to plant inside the house? and what type of tray you used? thx for answering, I am planning to grow it on home.

  12. organic says:

    I like grow wheatgrass for juicing its good for healthy.

  13. vc funding
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    Wheat grass is really cool thing to be grown, if it gives good return to the users. I like the info u have given with pictures.

  14. growing weatgrass is also good and weatgrass juice is very healthy.You share good information.Thanx for this sharing.

  15. Chris says:

    Thanks for telling me how to How To Grow Wheatgrass For Juicing.
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  16. Rahul Chalana says:

    Hey,

    Is wheat grass really helps ? I will goin read more on it By The Way thanks for discussing on this matter,

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  17. rohan
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    good article on growing wheatgrass. It will help me next time.
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  18. John says:

    Wheatgrass is the most effective solutions to stimulate Circulation and improve digestion
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  19. Brian says:

    I’ve been buying wheatgrass for a long time, so very happy to see how to grow it myself. Can’t wait to give this a try, thanks!

  20. aryan
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    wheatgrass juice is really healthy and growing them in own garden. sounds good 🙂 nice article..
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  21. Manish Kataria
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    Dear Sir, do you have an infographic on how to grow wheatgrass, would love to share it with our customers.

  22. amplifier says:

    Really this is very nice topic for us,it’s help us

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  23. michael says:

    Wheat grass is an healthy alternative and is so easy to juice.
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  24. jess
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    Great tips on growing grass. I am a grass expert myself but I grow grass in your yard. haha I need to get back into juicing I have been cheating by buying that green goodness from Bolthouse Farms, but it is not the same as getting all organic ingredients and growing my own wheat grass. Thank you for the tips I am excited to break out the juicer again!
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  25. ricki says:

    if I really like wheatgrass for daily, I will plant like you, just harvest it when I need it. However, if It just for sometimes, I better buy wheatgrass instead of the seeds 🙂
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  26. cj
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    I’m with ya on the first shot of wheat grass, YUK!! But, I must say, I like the idea of growing some at home. It’s on my list of things-to-do!
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  27. Vianney says:

    I love wheatgrass! I would love to have one on my own yard. I’ll try it out. Thanks!

  28. Joy says:

    You made it seem so easy to do. I am so happy I read your post. Wheatgrass is so healthy and I believe that it’s a must on our garden as much as possible. :))

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