FAQs of Wheatgrass, Part 1 Growing

What is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is a variety of grass that is sprouted from wheat kernels that possesses therapeutic and nutritional properties. The optimal level of growth of wheatgrass is from 6-10 inches of height, sprouted and grown for 7-14 days, depending on the temperature (warmth) of the growing conditions.

Wheatgrass is available in juice, concentrate, extract, powdered and in tablet forms.

What can it do for me?

Wheatgrass aids in blood purification, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing. It is a good source of Vitamin Ct Vitamin B, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. It contains Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Alkaline Minerals, Potassium, Zinc, Boron, and Molybdenum. It is antioxidant, alkaline-forming, and has amino acids, chlorophyll, and enzymes.

Wheatgrass deodorizes and remove unpleasant odors wherever it is applied. It is an excellent remedy for anemia and other blood disorders. It is anti-cancer and assists in breaking down toxic molecules in our bodies. It is anti-aging as it fights free radicals and protects skin cells from UV radiation when applied to the skin. It is also an active ingredient in purifying water supplies.

As a complete food, wheatgrass suppresses the appetite. It also helps in balancing our bodies with its rich vitamin and mineral content.

Where do I get it?

Wheatgrass and wheatgrass juice is available in the Philippines. Selected health spas and health institutes carry it. Tablet forms are sold at selected health and natural food stores. There are also juice bars that are now selling wheatgrass juice. You may also purchase wheatgrass, its seeds, and its juice at direct growers like EDSA Garden House where wheatgrass juicers are also sold. Juicers are also available at selected department stores.

Basic Steps for Growing Wheatgrass in Soil

Things You’ll Need:

  • Quality wheatgrass grains – 1 cup (around 150 grams)
  • Seedling tray – 2 pcs. with holes, plain flat deep-set surface
  • Premium soil (like Buhaghag Potting Mix)
  • Sprinkler Sprayer

What to Do: These steps are to be followed best in Metro Manila growing conditions.

  1. Soak the quality wheat grains for 4-5 hours.
  2. Drain the soaked water, wash the seeds in tap water and rinse.
  3. Germinate (sprout) the seeds for 24 hours, wash it every 2-3 hours.
  4. Fill the seedling tray with 1 -2 inches depth of soil.
  5. Spread seeds evenly on top of the soil.
  6. Water the entire tray using a sprinkler head spout {sprinkler sprayer).
  7. Cover the seedling tray by laying a second tray on top upside down.
  8. Set seedling tray in a shady spot.
  9. Check daily and moisten the seedling tray twice a day.
  10. Remove cover when the wheat blade is about 1 inch tall.
  11. Expose to indirect sunlight, water once a day.
  12. Wheatgrass is mature and ready to harvest in 7-10 days at about 7-8 inches tall.
  13. Harvest by cutting 1 cm above the soil using a sharp pair of scissors or knife. Have a bowl handy to place the cut blades.

What to do with Used Wheatgrass Mats?

  • You may compost used wheatgrass mats. It is a good addition to compost bins and worm bins.
  • You can also feed it to chickens. They love pecking out the berry and getting some fresh greens at the same time.

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