More juice from wheatgrass

Growing wheatgrass is great but you really want to learn how to get more juice from your wheatgrass. Some of the factors that will change the rate at which your wheatgrass grows and will alter the amount of juice are the following:

  • Too much or too little water
  • Too much or too little fertilizer
  • Too much or too little breeze
  • Too much or too little sun
  • Type of wheatgrass juicer

How much water do you give wheatgrass?

If you give your wheatgrass too much water then you are likely to find that the root systems do not grow as strong and excess mold is likely to form. To avoid too much water, try growing your wheatgrass in an area that will not receive rain. This will allow you to water the wheatgrass only when it is required. If you have no option and have to grow it in an area that is exposed to rainwater then I suggest purchasing trays that have adequate drainage and perhaps try mixing more potting mix into the coco peat soil mixture. This will allow natural drainage of water. If you grow your wheatgrass on top of drip trays then check the tray daily to ensure that excess water has not built up.

If you give your wheatgrass too little water you will begin to see the color of the grass fade. This will result in the grass turning a light green to yellow color and is a sign that your wheatgrass needs more water. I like to touch the soil that the wheatgrass is growing on; if it is moist then you don’t need to water the grass, alternatively – if the soil feels dry then it is time to give it a quick soak. If your grass is too dry you will struggle to get a decent amount of juice from the grass. Also if you bring your grass in from outside then I suggest juicing it and then take it back out to where it grows. I have often left the grass inside the house and I find that it drys the grass out quickly (especially if it is winter and you have the heater on!)

What is the right amount of fertilizer for wheatgrass?

First of all you should always fertilize your wheatgrass but it is important to note that you should avoid animal or chemical based fertilizers. Chemical based or artificial fertilizers can give your wheatgrass a boost but when administered incorrectly can lead to damaging your seedling and making your wheatgrass taste foul (from chemicals).  Using natural fertilizers is suggested by almost every grower on the internet so if you are unsure then do your homework. I personally use worm juice fertilizer and this works for me but you can also use seaweed fertilizer as this is also natural and great for your grass. Like worm juice fertilizer seaweed fertilizer can be used from seedlings right through until juicing. As I have said in my growing wheatgrass page – I found that the natural fertilizers actually made the wheatgrass tate better too. Since noticing this I have read that Ann Wigmore and Steve Meyorowitz also write about this in their books on wheatgrass. By adding fertilizer to your growing stages you will increase the amount of chlorophyll produced by the grass,  it will increase the nutrient levels of the soil and will reduce pathogens. All in all – a must in growing!

It is hard to apply too much natural fertilizers to wheatgrass so don’t worry about this too much. My rule of thumb is that I apply the wheatgrass fertilizer every second day with a good soak. You can water down the fertilizer more and apply everyday – the choice is yours. I suggest experimenting with it and try for yourself – just ensure that you read the fertilizer instructions as you do run the risk of burning and killing your grass.  If you start to see yellowing on the tips of the grass the chances are you have used too much fertilizer so try using less next time.

How much breeze should wheatgrass have?

It is suggested that you try and not grow wheatgrass in an area that has too much breeze – why? because your wheatgrass will end up drying out quicker and will not grow as fast due to the lack of water. However in saying that, I have found that since relocating my wheatgrass to a slightly breezier area the amount of mold that formed on the wheatgrass has dramatically reduced. It is important to note that the formation of mold it “normal” in wheatgrass growing so try not to worry about this too much. Again, try alternatives and see what works for you.

How much is too much sun for wheatgrass?

You should never place your wheatgrass in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Doing so will dry out the grass and may even reduce the amount of chlorophyll produced in the plant. My wheatgrass has direct sunlight for about 1-2 hours a day which is not doing the wheatgrass any harm.  I do however also have wheatgrass growing in a greenhouse which gets around 2 hours sun a day and it seems to be going quite well in there too!

So there you have it – try playing around with growing wheatgrass in different locations to test what amount of sunlight and breeze works best for growing. Also ensure that your wheatgrass receives enough water and fertilizer to give it the boost and nutrients that it needs. If you are not in a position to grow worms and therefore produce worm juice fertilizer then I strongly suggest purchasing seaweed fertilizer and using this over chemical based fertilizers. If you are really serious about growing wheatgrass and want to get the most juice from your wheatgrass then take a scientific approach and write down what you try and see what works in the area where you are at. The ideal growing conditions for wheatgrass will be different for everyone so try different things until you find what ultimately works for you.

What kind of wheatgrass juicer are you using?

The kind of wheatgrass juicer that you have will dramatically effect the amount of wheatgrass juice produced. Most juicers are not designed to adequately juice wheatgrass which is why I strongly suggest purchasing a manual wheatgrass juicer or an automatic cold press wheatgrass juicer. I have created a page on wheatgrass juicers which will outline my experiences in finding the perfect juicer and will hopefully help you decide what kind of juicer is best for you.