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How to harvest wheatgrass seeds, instead of purchasing them?  RSS feed

 
Somesh De Swardt
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Hello Permies

I am an avid enthusiast of wheatgrass, as a nutritional supplement and plant medicine. We have grown and harvested wheatgrass for a number of years and always purchased the seeds from a organic supplier. Since deciding to do everything possible to get more sustainable and less plugged in I've been searching for a solution for growing as much of what we consume as possible. Ive searched a lot on the internet but never found a solution for growing and harvesting wheatgrass seeds.

Anyone know what process to get wheatgrass seeds?

Thanks in advance.
Somesh
 
Justin Deri
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Isn't wheatgrass just the cotyledons of wheat? I don't know if there are particular varieties that work well for wheatgrass. You can grow wheat fairly easily and then harvest the seed. Here's a good article on growing wheat: Is There a Place for Wheat in Your Garden?. What seed can be milled to flour, used for wheatgrass, or replanted for next year.
 
Somesh De Swardt
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Thanks Justin.

I'm going to assume that wheatgrass is just the berries of Wheat, that is grown in trays until sprouted into small shoots. If however the shoots where planted out into soil and left to grow until proper wheat plant. Leaving the wheat plant to mature will create a sheath and inside the sheath will be the berries or seeds. Harvest these seeds and these will be your new wheatgrass seeds. I hope I've got that right, its always been a bit confusing to me.

 
Amos Burkey
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You will need to grow the proper wheat for you area and the time that you plant it. Some wheat (winter wheat) needs to start growing in the fall, go dormant through winter, and resume growing in the spring. It is then harvested in the early summer. Summer wheat is planted in early spring and is harvested in the fall. It does not require the winter season to mature.
 
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