Grow wheat grass-Techniques of growing wheat grass at home

Grow wheat grass-Techniques of growing wheat grass at home

by Sanjay B

For growing wheat-grass very big, deep pots are not required. Take seven pots measuring one square feet and having a depth of about three inches. Take only seven pots because after sowing wheat grows to the desired height after 7 days. As a substitute of pots we can also use wooden boxes, lower half of earthen pots, baskets or big tins. If there is a compound or a backyard in the house, wheat can be sowed in small flower-beds or land basins.

Very sticky earth is, however, not desirable for growing wheat grass. Barring that, any other type of earth can be used for growing wheat grass. But do not use the earth in which some chemical fertilisers have been mixed. It is necessary to add some manure to the earth in order to make the wheat grass grow well and acquire some more nutritional elements. In villages, natural manure of cow dung etc. is easily available but in cities where it is not available we can buy packets of readymade compost from the market and use it. But chemical fertiliser should never be used.

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For growing wheat grass a better quality of wheat with big grains should be preferred. Wheat grass grown out of big grains is always broad and full of juice. About 100 gm wheat should be sown at a time. This quantity of wheat gives about 100 gms wheat grass which in turn yields 4 to 6 oz. of wheat-grass. This quantity of juice is sufficient per day for one patient.

Before sowing the wheat, they should be sprouted. For sprouting them, first soak them in water for about twelve hours. Then wrap them in a wet thick cloth and tie them tightly for about another twelve to fourteen hours. As a result of this process, they are sprouted well and shoots appear on them.

Sprouting the wheat grains prior to sowing them is very useful as it is devoid of any germs and you can also anticipate the percentage of the wheat that would grow.

Now spread the sprouted wheat on the soil bed spread them in such a way that the grains remain in touch with one another. Now cover the grains with a thin layer of earth. Then sprinkle some water on it. Remember, water has to be sprinkled only, not to be poured over it. Overdosage of water spoils them altogether. On the wheat grass the water sprinkled should not be ordinary water but the water treated with magnets. This ensures not only the fast growth of the wheat grass but only contains higher amount of nutritious elements. For treating the water with magnet, use the following procedure. Take a glass of water and a pair of powerful magnets (of about 2000 guass each). As we know each magnet has two poles. North pole and South pole. Place the magnet on both the side of the glass in such a way that the north pole remains on one side and on the other remains the south pole. Put a lid on the glass and leave it in that position for about 12 to 15 hours, at the end of which the water is magnetised. When the grass grows a bit high, give water only once during 24 hours. But during summer it might be necessary to sprinkle water 2 or 3 times a day. For giving water to the plant, late afternoon or early evening is generally considered to be the right time. Also ensure that the pots do not remain exposed to the sun light for more than 3 to 4 hours during the day time. When the sun is blazing in the afternoon, keep the pots under a shade. Remember that only one pot per day is to be prepared. Do not prepare all the seven pots at a time. Sow 100 gm. wheat in a pot on the first day. Thereafter, sow 100 gm wheat in a pot everyday for the succeeding six days. On the eighth day you’ll find that about 4 to 5 inches high wheat grass is ready in the first pot. So, on the eighth day, from that pot, cut the grass, with a pair of the sharp-edged scissors, as close to the bottom as possible. Extract juice from the grass after washing it properly. Never attempt to pull out the grass from its very roots. Be careful that the wheat grass doesn’t grow higher than 4 to 5 inches as the proportion of chlorophyll and other nutritious elements starts reducing from the leaves thereafter. The greater height invariably makes them harder with the juice quantity getting reduced in the process.

After cutting the grass, the earth from the pot should be spread over to allow it to dry in the sunlight. The same earth can be used after about 4 or 5 days. But before reusing it, add some fresh water and manure.

It is necessary to protect the pots and the growing wheat grass from insects, birds and rodents by protecting it with the wooden racks placed in such a way that plants continue to receive adequate air and sunlight. Wrap the legs of the rack with cloth pieces soaked in castor oil or keep them in small vessels filled with water so as to keep ants and other insects of the wooden track. During the summers it is quite likely that wheat grass may not grow well due to heat. So, under such circumstances sow maize seeds instead of wheat and extract the juice of maize grass. This is the best alternative as the maize grass is only slightly inferior to the wheat grass in quality and other medicinal properties.

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