“It doth not fuss, nor maketh you wait,
From seed to juice, in two weeks straight!”
One of the easiest leafing plants to grow, Wheatgrass also looks lush and lovely on any windowsill, or terrace farm!
SEASONS: Wheatgrass is a seasonal plant when grown as a cereal. However, if you are growing it as a grass for healthy smoothies, you can sow and grow it in any season.
PROPAGATION: This plant grows very easily from seed. Buy wheat seeds/grains at the grocery store or raid your kitchen shelves for some.
GERMINATING: Germinate and grow wheatgrass directly in your germination dish/seeding basket prepared with a mixture of compost and peat moss. Seeds can be shown in shallow, 1/4 inch deep holes or scattered on the surface with a sprinkling of soil above. Place in semi-shade and spray water evenly. Spray your sown seeds daily until seedlings emerge in 2-3 days
PLANTING OUT: Ensure that your soil is well-composted, well-drained, with a pH level ranging from neutral to slightly acidic. If you are only growing wheatgrass and not wheat, then there is no need to plant out. Just expose your seedlings to direct sunlight after about 4-5 days of growth. It will also grow just as readily indoors, in a sunny spot.
will grow rapidly to 6-10 inch height in 2 weeks.
NURTURING: Within 15 days your seedlings will shoot up to 6-10 inches in height. Water deeply each day, twice a day in summer. This plant requires little maintenance but if outdoors, tends to attract birds like pigeons, since it gives them a cool, cushioned place to sit in during hot summers! You may then not be so inclined to juice it up!! Therefore it’s a good idea to grow wheatgrass on a protected window sill, or to cover your outdoor containers with wire mesh.
HARVESTING: Your plants will grow rapidly and can be harvested for their leaves at any time after 2 weeks. Wheat grass left unharvested would tend to grow tall and crowd the container, asking to be transplanted to grow into wheat! However, Mumbai’s climate is too hot and humid to grow wheat to full form, so it is recommended that you grow and harvest it as wheatgrass only.
Wheatgrass at harvest-ready stage
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