How to Grow Wheatgrass - Organic Spelt Grain

Wheatgrass is one of nature's superfoods. Growing your own is a satisfying and economical way to get fresh wheatgrass, ready for home juicing. We recommend you use organic compost or soil to ensure you have the best nutritious wheatgrass juice. Spelt is an ancient type of wheat that hasn’t been developed for its gluten or starch properties, and we believe it grows the best wheatgrass.

Full Instructions:

  • Soak about 500g of spelt grain in warm water (40ºC initially) for a minimum 8 hours, or leave overnight.
  • Drain off the water.
  • Mix thoroughly with approx 1 litre of compost. (Enough to cover the base of the tray about 2cm high)
  • Spread evenly in a seed tray.
  • Water, using a can with a rose.
  • Keep in a warm shady position to germinate. A table or shady windowsill in your kitchen or other room is fine. Keep at this room temperature for 3 days, watering if necessary once a day, keeping the compost moist. It is important to keep the seeds moist during germination, but do not over water.
  • On approximately the fourth day, once the seeds have germinated, ensure the wheatgrass tray is placed in a light place, the brighter the better.
  • You can slow or speed the growth of your wheatgrass by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but in cold weather you will need to keep your wheatgrass indoors on or near a windowsill.
  • Continue to water twice a day if necessary. Do not let the grain stand in water. Just keep the compost moist.
  • After approximately 10-14 days, the wheatgrass will be 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) high, and will be at its optimum nutritional value, having transformed maximum light energy into chlorophyll, making it deep green. It is now ready to juice.
  • Harvest your valuable crop by grasping a small bundle of the wheatgrass blades firmly and cutting with a sharp knife or scissors about 1 cm above compost surface. Rinse well before use.
  • To juice, feed small bundles into your wheatgrass juicer while it is in motion, pushing it down with a plunger. Repeat until you have enough juice as required. We recommend drinking it neat, down in one straightaway.

Tips

One tray of well-grown wheatgrass yields up to 300ml of fresh wheatgrass juice. With an average 'dose' of 20-30 mls, one tray will give enough wheatgrass juice for 7-10 days. It will depend on the length and lushness of your homegrown wheatgrass and the efficiency of the juicer.

If you find the flavour too strong, try mixing it with water or fresh organic fruit or vegetable juices, such as pear, apple, lemon, pineapple or carrot juice.

Drinking the juice is the ideal way to benefit from your wheatgrass, but the wheatgrass juice can also be used topically on the skin for certain conditions.

Once it is ready to use, keep it as cool as possible to maximise its life. If it is still growing too fast, or getting old, you can cut it and put it in your fridge for several days to keep fresh, but not for too long as it will need light to keep green. Rinse it immediately before use as usual.

By planting wheatgrass at weekly intervals, you can ensure a continuous supply.

You may like to try getting a second (smaller) crop by continuing to water the trays after you have harvested the grass, using a liquid plant food (organic of course!).

There's no wheatgrass like fresh organic wheatgrass and we hope that you enjoy growing your own wheatgrass.

Growing Calendar

  • Day 1 - Plant batch 1
  • Day 8 - Plant batch 2
  • Day’s 11-14 Begin harvesting batch 1
  • Day 15 Plant batch 3
  • Day’s 18-22 Begin Harvesting batch 2
  • Day’s 19-22 Wash out first tray and start again!
  • Day’s 25-29 Begin harvesting batch 3

There's no wheatgrass like fresh organic wheatgrass and we hope that you enjoy growing your own wheatgrass.

We sell Spelt grain and other organically grown grains and seeds that you may like to try growing at home.