How to Grow Wheatgrass for Easter

comments (3) March 9th, 2012

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Wheatgrass can be juiced for a nutritious drink, but it makes a nice indoor ornamental plant, tooClick To Enlarge

Wheatgrass can be juiced for a nutritious drink, but it makes a nice indoor ornamental plant, too

Photo: Jodi Torpey

If it’s too early to start planting outside, you can stretch your green thumb indoors with a fun Easter project. A packet of wheatgrass seeds, potting soil and a pretty container are all you need to grow an attractive Easter grass centerpiece for your holiday table.

Planting wheatgrass, also called hard winter wheat berries, is an enjoyable way to get children interested in growing plants from seeds, too. The seeds are easy to handle because they’re the size of large grains of rice and they sprout quickly.

About two weeks after planting, the seeds will grow into long blades of thick grass, perfect for hiding colorful Easter eggs.

You can order packets of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum) from online suppliers or find seeds at health food stores. With seeds in hand, here's how to get started:

  1. Soak seeds overnight before planting to speed germination.
  2. Fill a container with potting soil. If the container doesn’t have a drainage hole, cover the bottom with rocks to keep water away from roots.
  3. Drain seeds; sprinkle seeds on top of soil so seeds are fairly close together, but not on top of each other.
  4. Cover seeds with a thin (1/8”) layer of soil.
  5. Water seeds and keep soil moist.
  6. Once seeds begin to sprout (in about 1 week), move the container to a sunny window sill.
  7. Water daily or as needed to keep soil moist.

This container is for ornamental enjoyment only. There won’t be enough wheatgrass for juicing and the grass blades shouldn’t be eaten because they aren’t digestible.


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Comments (3)

Supremegrowers writes: I love this idea and will try it to show how mycorrhizae and beneficial soil bacteria affect grasses. I know grass is mycorrhizae dependent and I am curious to see the results on such a fast growing grass. I have my mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria blends in small 7 gram sample packs. I would love to send some over for your evaluation. I hope you will like them and promote them with my affiliate program. If your growing wheat grass I know it will make a difference. I am doing my best to promote long lasting organic solutions like mycorrhizae as there as so many benefits without a lot of inputs or expense. thanks for the great post

Posted: 1:57 pm on March 21st
WesternGardener writes: Hi Mike:

Thanks for your comment--I'm not sure about using wheat grass for the Easter baskets...it could get messy. I think the fun part for kids will be planting the seeds and watching the grass grow.
Posted: 12:07 pm on March 14th
MikeTheGardener writes: Fascinating Jodi! I never thought about growing the grass for Easter, I am guessing to be used in Easter baskets as well? Sounds like a lot of fun for the kids.
Posted: 7:46 am on March 14th
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