What exactly does it mean to grow wheatgrass
Hydroponics refers to growing
wheatgrass in water instead of soil. Those who research hydroponically
grown plants indicate that plants that were grown in soil used
most of their energy to push the roots down through the soil.
When wheatgrass is grown in a water environment, all the plant
energy can be directed to plant growth.
How does wheatgrass grown in water compare
nutritionally with soil-grown wheatgrass?
Studies have shown that the nutrient
value of wheatgrass grown hydroponically is virtually the same
as wheatgrass grown in soil. In a study comparing soil grown
and water grown wheatgrass, 11 important nutrients were analyzed.
The conclusion was that there was no significant difference in
nutrient value between wheatgrass grown in soil compared to wheatgrass
grown in water. Soil vs. Non-Soil
- See Test Results
Can you get more that one cutting with
each seed planting?
It depends on the time of year
and your location. In the spring and summer you are more likely
to be able to get more than one cutting. The second and third
growth will usually not produce wheatgrass as green and nutritious
as the first cutting or harvest. Also if you live in states with
a more moderate climate you will have more success with a second
How do you harvest the wheatgrass?
Your wheatgrass will typically
be ready to harvest in 5-8 days after planting. During the spring
and summer and in more moderate climate, the wheatgrass will
To harvest simply cut the wheatgrass
with scissors or a sharp knife about one inch above the seed
bed. Wheatgrass will grow to a maximum height of 6-8 inches and
then it will stop. The nutrient value of the wheatgrass is maximized
at this height.
How do I store the cut wheatgrass?
Store the cut wheatgrass in an
air-tight container in the refrigerator. It will hold its nutrient
value for up to a week.
Will there be mold on my wheatgrass?
Some mold growth on wheatgrass
is perfectly normal. This occurs with wheatgrass grown either
in water or in soil. Growing wheatgrass in warmer climates will
create more mold. If you get mold, don't panic. Simply wash the
mold off under water after you have harvested and before juicing.