How to Grow Wheatgrass for Eastercomments (3) March 9th, 2012
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:
- Soak seeds overnight before planting to speed germination.
- 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.
- Drain seeds; sprinkle seeds on top of soil so seeds are fairly close together, but not on top of each other.
- Cover seeds with a thin (1/8”) layer of soil.
- Water seeds and keep soil moist.
- Once seeds begin to sprout (in about 1 week), move the container to a sunny window sill.
- 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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