The wheatgrass seed you use when growing
your own wheatgrass is of key importance in influencing the quality of results
you get. Poor quality seed can result in your trays giving low yields and less
nutritional value from your home grown crop.
Common types of wheatgrass seed are hard wheat berries and spelt grain. Kamut,
an ancient Egyptian hard wheat grain is a popular choice for wheatgrass growers.
Make sure you use a seed supplier who uses certified organic food grade seed
that is meant for sprouting.
You should look for seeds that are low in moisture and high in protein. You
can sprout your seeds in either sprout bags, hydroponic sprouters or seed trays
using organic compost.
You should soak your wheatgrass seed for about 8 hours to start the sprouting
process. When you have thoroughly rinsed and drained your soaked seeds you can
spread them evenly over your growing medium. It is alright for them to be touching
but not overlapping. Too many seeds can result in increased chance of mould
formation. When wheat grass (as opposed to wheatgrass) seed is grown outside
in fields there is about 3 inches between seeds so that the root system can
develop further without competition from neighbouring sprouts. Outdoor farm
grown wheat grass has a much longer growing cycle - about 200 days - than indoor
tray grown wheatgrass.
In the first 3 days of sprouting especially, it is essential that you do not
let your wheatgrass seed dry out. You might like to use a spray bottle for keeping
the seeds moist as you have finer control over the amount of water being delivered
reducing the risk of over watering them which can increase the chance of mould
formation. However misting is not recommended as it does not wash away any bacteria
which might contribute toward the growth of mould.
It may be easier and more economical
to buy your seed in bulk. If you do buy in bulk make sure that you store your
seed in a dry, cool, dark location so that it keeps for as long as possible.
Buy smaller quantities of grain in summer as higher temperatures reduce the
time the grain can be kept. Large sealable plastic buckets or bins make good
storage devices as they can keep out unwanted visitors such as insects or mice
and can also prevent moisture from getting to your wheatgrass seed.