Growing Wheat Grass and Juicing

(Please read updated version first at http://www.ranjan.in/?p=74 )

Recently I came across benefits of drinking wheat grass juice and I was amazed with what nature has in store. I searched extensively (as usual!) on net and went through lot of material to understand the complication of growing it. In USA lot of support from commercial entity is available to support those, who want to grow it. There are kits available and supplies along with various tools are available to make it easy. I thought I would still write out my experiences in trying to grow and giving other people a hope that one can do it without much problem in India as well. I am very lazy person and If I can do it, so can you!

Some one may ask why wheat grass is so special. It turns out that it is not so very different from many other grasses. For example, maize or barley grass are also quite good and so are many others. However among them what grass juice is more beneficial. I would not want to go into those details since there is plenty of material available on net.

Let me try to put rest of the information in form of FAQ!

  1. How much time it takes to grow what grass for juicing? – It takes about 6-7 days to grow to about 6 inches, when it should be harvested for juicing. This depends on climatic conditions and so on.
  2. How to organize this so that I can get juice every day? – What is important is to have this juice fresh. Ideally it should be consumed within 20 minutes of juicing.  So what is best is to have seven containers in which to grow this. It should be sowed every day in a different one so that after six to seven days, you start to get fresh grass every day. Once you harvest from one container, you can reuse that and continue doing that. It is also possible to reuse the same plant once or twice more.
  3. What should be the size of container? – For one person the round pot here seems sufficient, whereas the larger rectangular one is sufficient for three persons(see my comments in the next Blog on this).
    Pots for one person
  4. What should be depth of soil in the pot? – One to two inch depth is enough. So one could have more shallow pot. My larger rectangular pots are better that way.
  5. What soil to add ? – One can add good gardening soil. First time I went to local nursery and asked them to fill it in the pots and had some extra too. While buying the larger pots, I got it filled with the persons selling the pot itself. Soil should not be soggy and should not stick together. One can spread it to dry faster before using it. One should add compost fertilizer before sowing. It has been suggested to not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides etc.(See my comments in next Blog about this)
  6. Which wheat to use? – I bought it from local grocery shop. They did not have any choice so used whatever they had. If there is choice, one can use bigger grains.
  7. What quantity of seeds should be used? – I use two and half table spoons full of wheat for smaller pot and six table spoon for larger one.But you can adjust as per your experience, this is just initial guess.
  8. What preparation to do before sowing? – Wash and soak wheat for about 12 hours or overnight. Then tie it in thick damp cloth for another 8-10 hours. In Indian warm weather, you should see wheat sprouting by this time. Once is has sprouted a little, it is ready to be sowed.
  9. How to sow? – Spread the wheat in single layer touching each other so that it is as dense as possible without overlapping. Spread a very thin layer of soil on the top of this. Now spray very small amount of water to just make tit damp. More water can be bad here. Cover the pot with damp newspaper sheets so that damp environment is maintained inside. If it  is too hot cover with a plastic sheet or some other thing to keep the seeds in damp environment. Respray twice a day or so to keep it damp. Once you see little sprouts coming out, you can start to expose it to fresh air. Direct strong sunlight for long time may not be good for plants in early stage.
  10. When it is ready to be harvested ? – Keep spraying water every morning and evening and plants should keep growing. Once it has reached a height of 6 inch or so, it is ready to be harvested.
  11. How to harvest? – I use a pair of scissors with long enough blade to cut the wheat grass as close to soil as possible. I bought a sturdy Tailors all metal scissors for this as cheap ones with plastic handle do not last long.
  12. How to Juice? – Wash the grass properly and juice it in spice grinder by adding little water. It would become like a paste in this and now one can strain it through a thin cloth to get juice out of the pulp. It is suggested to use a low RPM machine to do this to keep temperature low during this. Higher temperature destroys  some beneficial enzymes.  One could use other means of extracting juice as well. I could not find a low RPM machine in India, but they are available abroad though expensive. I am using normal spice grinder for the time being. However I have ordered a hand juicer from eBay (India) for something that looks like this(one below that is on Amazon.com) :
  13. How to drink? – It is best taken in morning on empty stomach. It is suggested to not gulp it down at once but consume it slowly as if you are eating it.
  14. What to do after harvesting? – One can reuse the plant couple of times more after which it starts to get little harder. I am still experimenting with this.
  15. Can I freeze grass? – One can keep it upto 2-3 days in freeze but Juice should be consumed within 20-30 minutes of making it.

There is lot of material on the web and you can go through it. I am a learner and not an expert! See my comments in next Blog on this.


30 Responses to Growing Wheat Grass and Juicing

  1. Great one sir. This is so unexpected to read here but very nice. I’m for sure going to give it a try. :)

  2. I also did not expect to write such things here and my writing skills are poor too! But many people were asking question so I wrote it up in hurry today morning! I hope it would help some of them start it. I already have 4-5 people who want to start it this weekend.

  3. Jigar Vakharia

    Hello Sir,
    Seems you have put in good effort here!! even i would give it a shot. thanks for this detailed analysis.

  4. Nice and very well narrated.I will spread this among my group.I am sure this would help them for their better health.

    Thank you sir !

  5. Excellent stuff !! Thanks a lot for such wornderful. I am feeling too lazy to give it a try :-)

  6. nice one .I will also try it.

  7. I found this information usefull.

  8. I want retail name of the shope in Bangalore (india)for above product of Juice Cutter Machine. if you having details pl send us details

  9. As of now I do not have the name of supplier myself. One vendor on eBay is trying to procure a sample today and he would let me know, if it works as expected. If it works, I would put up the info at this site.

  10. Its really good to know and one can trust on by your personal experience. Thank you very much for sharing this information.

  11. Do let us know your experience, if you try it also. Thanks !

  12. Siddharth desai

    Wheat grass is wonderfull tonic to everyone against any kind of health problem

  13. Could you please post some reliable sources from where the Wheatgrass juicer can be procured? Thank you.

  14. Sorry I have not been able to find any source in India. I ordered one from UK but it never arrived.

  15. Hello Sir,

    Very help full and interesting information thanks for sharing your experience , i am going to try this weekend.
    i just wanted to know , can we extract wheat grass juice using the normal non electric fruit juicer, which is available in india in may places.

    http://www.tradeindia.com/fp333410/Non-Electric-Hand-Juicer.html
    http://www.moditraders.com/food-processing-machines.html

    thank you,

    Regards,
    Aradhya

  16. Aradhya,
    My experience has been that those are not suitable for wheat grass juice as most of them are meant for vegetable/fruits.

  17. Very informative and interesting. I found a similar site with lots of information. Feel like sharing it with all of you. Pl visit http://www.wheatgrassstores.com

  18. Very informative and interesting, thank you sir.

  19. Growing pure Wheatgrass at home is only half part done.
    To get real benefits of your own home grown wheatgrass, you need a dedicated wheatgrass juicer which extracts all the minerals, vitamins, active enzymes and chlorophyll from it, without destroying them.
    We provide dedicated Manual Wheatgrass Juicerin India at Indian Price.
    This Juicer can also be used to juice up other leafy vegetable and fruits.
    You can have further information from
    http://www.addywheatgrass.com/html/wheatgrass_juicer_india.html
    or call 08285643316

  20. Sir,
    What is the price of this juicer and can it be delivered to other cities in India?

  21. Please contact Mr Gautam directly on phone

  22. We are manufacturer for SPROUTING MACHINE like 50kg/day,100kg/day 250kg/day and so on .. let me know anyone intrested… and IT’S WITHOUT SOIL ;)

  23. what is the hand operated you have shown. Is it available in bangalore

  24. Contact Mr Gautam, who has commented about this machine

  25. We can give door delivery of Certifide Organic Wheat Grass Powder. It will have almost same quality of the fresh grass and helps to get more fiber. 30 g of fresh wheat grass converts to 3 g of powder making it easy to consume

    if anyone interested kindly call or email for the need we can deliver it to your homes with out any extra charge

  26. send me details

  27. Falguni Parekh

    I’m not able to find a wheatgrass juicer which works efficiently since I work n mornings r so hectic . Does the manual juicer work easily .
    Which juicer did u purchase ??
    R u happy with the juicer u have been using??
    Pls share yr experience?

  28. I did try to purchase a juicer and placed order as well as paid money to a UK based company 2-3 years back. But it never arrived. For last one year I have moved to Delhi and I am not growing it any more. I just take wheat grass powder in morning. I am working on supply of fresh wheat grass juice also.

  29. Nicely explained . However . if you need then you can buy Organic Wheatgrass powder online in India from following eBay shop .

    http://stores.ebay.in/HealthyIndia-Path

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