How to Grow Wheat Grass at Home in 5 Days


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Dreaming of bright colors and sunshiny days after a cloudy winter? Do you know how to grow wheat grass indoors even if it isn’t spring yet? You don’t even need a green thumb. Growing wheat grass at home is so easy and takes just a few days.

Wheat grass is considered a power food for humans, a favorite food for cats, and makes eco friendly Easter decor.

four small white pots in windowsill growing wheat grass at home

How to Grow Wheat Grass At Home

Wheat Grass is so easy to grow at home. It takes about a week from seed to plant. It’s also a forgiving plant, so even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow wheatgrass. Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies to Grow Wheat Grass

  • Organic potting soil: For indoor plants, potting mix is better than just regular dirt from the backyard. It allows for aeration and drainage for the plant’s roots.
  • Wheat Berries {soaked in water for 24 hours prior} OR grass seed would work fine, too. Wheat berries are the product of the wheat plant and are ground to make flour. They’re actually a pantry staple for us since I grind them to make whole wheat potato bread. Find wheatgrass seeds at a health food store or grocery store.
  • Spray bottle: It’s important to keep the seeds and sprouts moist as they are growing. Spray them consistently to keep them moist.

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woman watering wheat grass seeds in container in windowsill

Grow Your Own Wheat Grass

The first step to growing your own wheatgrass is to soak the wheat seeds or berries overnight. Place them in a bowl and cover with water to soak. Make sure the water covers them completely as they will soak it all up.

The next day, rinse the seeds and drain them. Plant them in a pot with good drainage holes. It’s possible they will already be sprouted. Keep them moist as they grow. Continue to water by spraying the seeds. I did this every day.

Room temperature is fine for wheat grass – you don’t need heating mats or anything.

How to Use Wheatgrass Grown at Home

Wheatgrass is just as useful as it is beautiful. I love to use it as decor around the house, but it is also delicious in green smoothies or juices. Wheat grass is packed full of nutrients.

DIY Easter grass by growing wheat grass in basket with Easter eggs nestled in basket and grass

Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass

I just hate that fake plastic Easter grass. Not only is it bad for the environment, it also gets everywhere and is a pain to clean up!

A few years ago we grew our own Easter basket grass with wheat grass. This is a common tradition in Waldorf homeschooling circles, and it’s easy to see why!

Reuse a basket around the house, pick up a cheap basket from the thrift store, or use a cute Easter basket.

Line the bottom of the basket with plastic wrap or a basket liner. Add a couple inches of soil, and then top with the soaked wheat berries. Spritz the wheat seeds if they are no longer moist.

Grow your own Easter Wheat Grass Basket
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Cover them with plastic wrap to keep the moisture in. If the wheat dries out it won’t grow, so keep spritzing as necessary.

It takes just a few days to grow Easter grass. if you time it right, the Easter baskets will be full of gorgeously green and soft wheat grass on Easter morning. My kids loved it when we did this. Collect Easter eggs as usual or use it as part of your Easter decorations.

Wheat Grass as Decor

I love to use wheat grass all year round because it is so easy to grow. Soak the wheat grass seeds. Rinse and drain them, and then plant in a metal bucket or use an aesthetic basket. It looks really cute on side tables or mantles as part of your seasonal decor.

gray striped tabby cat eating wheat grass grown at home in windowsill

How to Grow Wheat Grass for Cats

Do you have cats that love your houseplants? Several houseplants are actually toxic for cats, but they love wheat grass! “Cat grass kits” are so expensive and totally unnecessary.

Instead, grow your own wheat grass. The cats will love it! Start the process the same way by soaking the wheat berries. Spread them in a single layer on soil and keep them moist for first few days.

Once the grass is about 5 inch tall, let your cats have at it. If they won’t leave your houseplants alone, give them their own.

Growing wheat grass is easy, fun, and can be used in a lot of ways. What’s your favorite way to use wheat berries?

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Oh my gosh, this is EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! We are doing this. I am going to show how stupid I am – but have never heard of wheat berries. Checking it out on Amazon now! The kids will love this. Thank you!

  2. I love the images of the kids being kids. This is a simple craft and so much better than that plastic junk in most baskets.

  3. What a great project! I would never have thought to grow our own Easter basket grass, my kids would love it!

  4. I love this idea! It would be fun for them to watch the grass grow and so much nicer than fake grass!

  5. I had never thought of doing something like this, I love the idea of not having to buy that nasty plastic stuff. Thank you for posting this! Will give this a try!

  6. What a fun activity to do with kids! I love the instant gratification — only 4 days to see results. Very cool – I am excited to try this with my 5 year old!

  7. My kids are going to love this project, and if we can keep our kitties from eating all the grass! What a beautiful, natural Easter tradition–lovely!

  8. Thank you! My local Whole Foods has wheat berries fin the bulk section for $1.69/lb!!

    We will be doing this tomorrow!