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Oct 022013

Fully grown wheatgrass

Wheatgrass, as the name suggests is grass grown from wheat berries. Wheatgrass is known to have tons of health benefits. It is commonly used for increasing the production of hemoglobin, the oxygen carriers in blood and in the treatment of diabetes . Since wheatgrass by itself does not taste great, it is often consumed by juicing with other vegetables and fruits that overpower the taste of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass can be hard to find in the markets and pretty expensive to buy. It can be easily grown indoors, without soil and with very little effort. My husband has been growing them for quite some time now and hence, I decided to share the step-by-step procedure for growing wheatgrass at home.

Day 1 AM: Soak wheat berries in water for about 12 hours.
Soaked wheat berries

Day 1 PM: Rinse the wheat berries and transfer to a colander with pores smaller than the wheat berries. Place the colander on a plate and cover with a thick damp cloth for about 12 hours.

Rinsed wheat berries

Covered wheat berries

Day 3 AM: Wheat berries would have started to germinate at this point. Gently rinse in running water and then cover again with the damp cloth for another 12 hours.
Germinated wheat berries

Day 3 PM: Gently rinse the wheat berries in running water and cover with the damp cloth for another 12 hours.
Germinated wheat berries

Day 4 AM: Distinct stem with white fungus-like hair will be seen on the wheat berries. Gently rinse with running water and set aside.
Germinated wheat berries

Have two translucent containers that can sit one inside the other leaving a gap of at least 1/2 inch. Drill 12 0.2″ diameter holes  (4 in each row) on the bottom of one of the containers as shown below.
Container with holes

Fill the bottom container (the one without holes) with 1/2″ water and arrange the containers as shown below. Transfer the wheat berries into the top container (the one with holes) and gently spread to distribute them evenly. Gently place the lid on top of the top container without closing it tightly. Let it sit for about 12 hours.
Containers arrangement

Day 4 PM: Prepare a solution of 1 tsp baking soda in 1/2 litre water and spray on the surface of the wheat berries. Also, change the water in the bottom container. Repeat the process of spraying baking soda solution and changing water every 12 hours until the grass is ready for use. Baking soda solution prevents any mold formation on the berries and grass.
Germinated wheat berries

Day 6: Young wheatgrass…
Young wheatgrass_day 6

Day 7:
Wheatgrass on day 7

Day 9 or day 10: Wheatgrass ready to harvest..
Fully grown wheatgrass



  45 Responses to “Homegrown Wheatgrass (Indoors, Without Soil): Step-by-step”

  1. Good one! very detailed!loved it!

  2. Dummi! Awesome 🙂
    Will try growing it myself 🙂

  3. Can I know how much water is needed for the bottom tray? Do we need to fill it full?

    • The level of water depends on the gap between the two trays. About half inch should be sufficient. Make sure there is some gap between the water surface and the bottom of the top tray. Feel free to let me know if you have more questions…

  4. Im making mine much larger. Im growing mine in a kiddie pool because the grass is for guinea pigs, not me. But I hope it will turn out great.

  5. I have gone through a number of articles for wheat-grass cultivation…and i must say yours is very detailed without making it long-winding…the images are very self-explanatory too..! Thanks a lot!

  6. Would you suggest hydroponic food for the grass? This is my first time growing it and tasting it, yuck. I’ll stick with it until I get it. It is like bad medicine. Do you just process and eat the blade?

    • Thanks for visiting the blog, Naomi! Wheatgrass does not need any additional food. Water is sufficient for its nourishment. I only consume wheatgrass by adding it to the vegetable juice. It tastes bad when consumed by itself.

      • Archaea, your instructions are great! Thanks for clarifying the water. I juice my wheat grass and and a lot of lemon and ginger. It’s good that way. I blend 2 cups of wheat grass, 2 cups of water, 1 lemon without the peel, and 2 inches if ginger root all in my Vita Mix. Then I strain it either through a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer. I’ve only been buying it at the grocery when it doesn’t have mold. I use to grow it but didn’t know a tip to avoid mold. I’m thrilled to learn. I hear citrus acid also works in the spray water. Thanks!

  7. Should the seeds be submerged a little in the water

    • Kriti, thanks for visiting the blog! The seeds should be soaked in water only for the first 12 hours so they can sprout. Once the sprouted seeds have been transferred to the tray, they should not be in contact with water. There should be a small gap between the water surface and the seeds. Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

  8. Appreciate your clear demonstration of the planting process. Just curious, with a gap between the water surface and the bottom of the top tray, the wheatgrass would not be able to take in the water in the bottom tray. May I know what is the purpose of having water in the bottom tray then? Also, do we continue to spray baking soda solution till we harvest the wheatgrass? Thank you.

    • Thank you for visiting the blog, Abigail! Regarding the water in the bottom tray, initially when the wheat berries would’ve just begun to germinate, too much water would rot them and hence the gap between the trays is essential. The moisture due to the water in the lower tray would be enough for the sustenance of the sprouts. Eventually, when the roots grow longer, they penetrate down through the pores in the upper tray and take up just as much water as they need. Continuing to spray baking soda near the bottom of the grass will prevent mold formation and hence best done until harvesting. Baking soda is safe and in case some of it does spray on to the grass, it can be washed off easily before use. I hope I have answered all your questions. Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

  9. Hi love to learn how to grow the wheatgrass,will be my first time grow them, i move recently to egypt and is very very hot here.Do you recomand keep them inside the house in dark ? or another question, please, when you move them in the plastic container do i have to keep the plastic lid on top of them till they grow green ? and also do i have to rinse them all time till they become green? let s say till day 6 or 7 ? or i rinse them 2 a day only till i put them in teh plastic containers? i appreciate all what you are doing and i appreciate that you take time to reply to all of us. Thank you so much. Asmaa

    • @Asmaa, thanks for visiting my blog.
      – We have tried growing wheatgrass at temperatures as high as 85F and have had no issues.
      – I would suggest keeping the tray in a well lit room but not in a spot that receives direct sunlight. You can move the tray to a different location later if you notice that the grass is not doing well.
      – I would suggest placing the lid on until the grass is about a centimeter long.
      – Rinse the berries only until you transfer them to the plastic container.
      I hope I have answered all your questions. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

  10. very neatly written. I am going to try this today itself!!

  11. If you cut it as you need it will it continue to grow or do you have to start from seed after each use?

    • After being cut, it grows a bit, but not as full as the first time. And you cannot keep cutting and harvesting – you will have to start over again (from the berries again).

  12. I purchased Hard Red Wheat berries at my local grocers and have tried your method twice and all they are doing is expanding (beyond what your pictures show) but, not sprouting. Is it possible that im using too much water? Or could the berries be no good? The first picture shows what looks to be a cork lid or cover, should they be covered on day 1 AM? Also ive read that some people use warm water instead of cold (your article doesnt say.) Thoughts? Thanks so much!!

    • When soaking the berries, I don’t believe covering vs. not should not make much difference. They need to be covered after the water has been rinsed and they have been transferred into a colander type container. And soaking in too much water should not be a problem either – as long as you are rinsing them well after the soaking period, draining the water and then transferring to a colander where any excess water can continue to drain. If the water used for soaking or rinsing is very cold, you can use lukewarm water – it might speed up the process a bit, but I don’t believe it will impact sprouting much. You can try berries from a different source – might be an issue with the seed/coating itself. Let me know how it goes.

      • Thanks for responding 🙂 I ended up ordering new seeds from an organic source because I never could get those to sprout and they just didnt look right. Unfortunately it seems to be a popular brand around here 🙁 Ill update in a few days with how the new seeds are doing!

        One more question, what is the difference between wheat berries and whole wheat (Bulghur.) Im assuming that Bulghur wont produce wheat grass? TIA

        • Hope the new berries work for you!

          btw, wheat berries are intact/whole grains, whereas Bulgur is made by crushing the (parboiled) berries. So technically Bulgur is whole grain (since it has all the grain components, but just in crushed form), but won’t sprout for obvious reasons.

          • I think the store mislabeled it then. The label says “whole wheat (bulghur)” but, it looks just like the wheat grass seeds. I just went through the initial 8+ hrs of soaking and both look as they should 🙂 Ill update once I get further along. Im hoping the Whole Wheat was mislabel because, then my local grocery store carries seeds :)))Thanks again!!

  13. Thank you for keeping the process SIMPLE! Your website offers many useful tips as I grow my first batch of indoor wheatgrass. I’m using a 3 sectioned appetizer tray with ice holder underneath and it also look beautiful on my counter. We have been juicing on and off for over a year, I’m excited to add wheatgrass to the mix.

  14. Dear Archana, first of all thank you soo much for your effort of sharing your knowlwdge,i would like to know if there is difference between wheatgrass in soil verses no soil.Is soil have better nutritional value compared to no soil?

    • Hi Poonam – if the primary purpose is juicing, I believe it should not matter much since they are only grown to a short height and then cut. The nutrition stored in the berries themselves along with sunlight/water help them grow. If you want to grow the grass fully, then it has to be transplanted outdoors into soil (or soil-like medium) with compost.

      Good luck growing wheatgrass and juicing!!

  15. Archana thank you for this post . I see it continues to helps all who seek this wonderful information. One question when do you stop using the lid; is it after the first rinse or do we continue using the lid until sprouted tall enough?
    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Eric – are you referring to the lid that covers the sprouting tray? If so, it can be used till the grass is about 1 cm long. No need to use after that – the grass needs light to grow. Or if you are referring to the initial step (of sprouting), then you can use some sort of cover/lid over the colander where you sprout the berries – this is just to keep the container dark. If the damp cloth used to cover the colander is thick enough, then the lid is not needed. Hope that helps…

  16. will this method of growing them work long enough for the grass to produce grain?

    • We never tried that. But I am fairly certain it would not work. Growing the grass to full maturity to bear seed will need rich soil and lots of sunlight – not to mention space for pollination (I understand grasses are wind pollinated). But I have read it is not too difficult to grow wheat grass in the backyard to be able to harvest the grains. I am sure one can transplant grass grown in the above method outdoors to let them fully grow and mature.

  17. Hi just tried your method as written and I’ve got my first patch of wheatgrass growing in my kitchen. Started one week ago, already decent length and it’s a lush deep green. I’m thrilled – I’m terrible at growing things usually. It was very easy. I am growing it one container at a time as a treat for my two pet rabbits (spoiled fur babies) and plan to replant after they mow this down!

  18. Thank you for your clear directions and photos. I have been growing wheat grass for years outside in a soil filled tray after they sprout. Very excited about growing indoors without soil.
    Please clarify about where the sprouted wheat berries should be placed at the stage of being in the container with the holes and sprayed with baking soda every 12 hours. I sprouted them in a dark place and now they are ready to grow. Should they be in indirect sun now (inside or outside?

  19. Thank you for these wonderful instructions. Could you clarify 2 things?
    1. In the photos, the water overlaps with the top tray by what appears to be 1/4-1/2 inch. But in your comments, you say that the water should NOT overlap with the top tray at all. Which is it?
    2. If the water does not overlap, are the wheat sprouts being watered solely by the baking soda mixture util the roots grow long enough to reach the sitting water?

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