Tuesday, February 28, 2012

planting wheat grass

There is no bigger bang for your buck than planting wheat grass!
It couldn't be simpler!
If you do it now you can use it as a centerpiece for
 St. Patrick's Day  &  Easter
with a couple quick changes!


I planted mine last Saturday, here is a simple how-to:

You'll need: Containers, Potting Soil and Seeds

You can purchase Red or White Winter Wheat Berries from the bulk section at a
local natural food store for about $1 - $2, this 2 lb. bag is enough to last years!
I used this bag last spring and they're still fine.

Fill containers with potting soil and sow Wheat Berry seeds.
I like the grass thick, be sure to use plenty.

Lightly cover the seeds with soil.
My soil had some larger woody pieces, no big deal.

Water well using a spray bottle.
At this point I watch over them like baby chicks for just a few days until they've sprouted,
 they tend to dry out quickly. I water them very well using the spray bottle
about 3 times per day.
You can keep them in any room with light, sun isn't necessary.

After 3 days.
Do you see the cute little white wormy looking guys...sprouts! :) 

After 10 - 14 days yours can look just like any of these! 

The possibilities for containers and styles are endless, here are some ideas. 










Have you ever planted wheat grass?

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Kristen Rettig said...

I have never done this but love the look. Thank you for the images and the tutorial, I am doing it this year for Easter for sure!

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

Lovely idea! We planted grass in little galvanized buckets for my sister's wedding a couple years ago...we used them to line a staircase to the reception room. I was in charge of the decor, and only had about a $500 budget for everything...so this project gave a lot of bang for the buck! Your photos are beautiful and inspiring. Thanks so much!

A room with a view said...

These are amazing. I love the vibrancy of the color and they definitely shout "spring". Time to start planning for Easter:)

Holly Gruszka said...

I have not but wheat grass is the perfect texture from mother nature! I'd love to have a small centerpiece of it.

Dana Frieling said...

I've seen the fake stuff but never even thought of planting the real stuff. Such a great idea!

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

I've been wanting to do this. Thanks for the tips.

Amanda said...

So Ive never used wheat grass for decorative reasons- but I have drank it. My mother use to grow it and juice it- we would take wheat grass shots- *shivers* it just gives me chills thinking about it-that stuff is NASTY, but it goes give you a great energy boost.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

OHHHH my gosh I can't believe you posted about this today Pam! I pinned some directions yesterday and just got back from Whole Foods with my seeds! How crazy is that? I'm all excited for a long row of grass on my dining room table....if I can get these little guys to germinate! Thanks for the tutorial. I love the photo with the glass containers....maybe I'll do that!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

No, but I'm going to now! How long do you think it will last? Just yesterday I pinned a cute little vignette for Easter using real grass. The kids will love helping with this!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Never did, but I want to now! Love this idea!

Unknown said...

No I never had cause I didn't know it was this easy! Thanks Pam!!! will have fresh grass for Easter decorating!
I guess it is safe for cats, do you know?

Leslie said...

Great idea for Easter Decor! I need the green and could probably use a shot of wheat grass :) It tastes terrible but it's supposed to be full of nutrients.

Wonderful spring project to do with the kids!


Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

so pretty. I'm going to try this!

Jalon Burton said...

Gorgeous, Pam. Thanks so much for sharing... and I just wanted to let you know I "tagged" you today (Wednesday) on my post...stop by for a look!
Have a wonderful day!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

I haven't tried it yet, but I now feel inspired to! These images are great. I love how it turns out! And I always love a project that is simple and chic! :)

Sew a Fine Seam said...

I have not done this but I am SO doing it!!!!
Love it! thanks for sharing:)

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing Pam! We have never done this before, but my Detail Girl will love it!

Happy Leap Day!

Maureen Stevens said...

oh gosh! all the possibilities!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I remember wanting to do this last year but it was too late, thank you for the reminder! You seem to have yours down pat so I will be referring back:)

Unknown said...

So gonna try this! How will the wheat grass be dispayed at Casa Simple? Thanks for sharing Pam

annie@mostlovelythings said...

I need to do this today! I've never done it and I don't know why...it's easy, inexpensive and so many great ideas to use it...I can see my Easter table now!

Hyphen Interiors said...

I have been meaning to do this for years. You may have just motivated me. I love the look and color.

Debbiedoos said...

Now your talking. Love those grasses. I am so ready for Spring!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

You make this look so easy, even for someone that doesn't have a green thumb {like me}. I've bought wheat grass before but never grown it. Thanks for the tips!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a fun idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I pinned this :)


Brandi said...

I have never planted wheat grass. I ordered a bunch of flower seeds from Ebay and I have a few in the the frig. per the instructions. I really hope I get some pretty blooms this year.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I did this! It's amazing! And my wheat berries had been in the fridge for at least a year. I thought I would make sprouted wheat bread, but it never happened :) Thanks for a great idea, I'll be growing this stuff everywhere now.
Cheers, Andrea

F.L.A.G - Fundamental Learning Academy for Girls said...

newest follower! glad to have found you on pinterest. hope you follow us back. xo Monica

Stephanie said...

Doing this today, just got my seeds. Thanks so much for the great tutorial, I couldn't of done it without that.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for sharing these directions - I plan to get some wheat grass planted this week :)

Arlina said...

This is so great. I have been buying grass for my cat from Petco. I am going to grow my own for her :)

Thanks!! I pinned this too.

Zummi@eastwood condo for rent said...

Wow! That was such a lovely grass. I never imagine that it can be a decor in a table. :) so amazing. I like it.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE this idea! Definitely trying it!

~*Toya~** said...

I've seen this before but I was intimidated by it! Thank you so much for the directions & options!! I'm doing this for my Easter table this year!! I'm so exicted. I'll definitely post back & give you credit. I love your site!! Please check out mine when you get a chance https://mylifeinwords.jux.com

Unknown said...

It is a good idea...Thank u soooooo much!!

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amyk5 said...

Hi, I love this idea and I bought some wheat grass already grown from the grocery store. Sadly, within a week or two it was wilting and then dying. I did water it several times and am left wondering if you think I over or under watered it. Any thoughts?

pam {simple details} said...

Amy, it's hard to say without knowing more details, I know mine in the smaller containers tend to dry out quicker and need water more often, also they like to be in the light, and look best when you cut them back before they get to long. It's so easy to grow, I hope you try it! :)

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