Growing Easter grass inside is super easy – seriously, I kill EVERY plant and this stuff survived. It’s also a great way to bring a little green inside as we move into spring and a fun way to decorate for Easter, if you celebrate. And if you have kids you can use this as a project to learn about the growth of a plant (which I admittedly don’t know much about, see above). In any case, it only takes a few days to get full grown grass and I’ll admit that even as an adult it’s pretty cool to watch.
I struggled with the title of this post because unless you’re using this grass to fill the bottom of an Easter basket then it isn’t technically Easter grass, it’s just grass. Well, to be specific it’s wheat grass but we aren’t growing it to use in smoothies we’re just growing it because it’s fun and green. Whatever, it’s grass that happens to be of the wheat variety that we’re growing around the time of Easter. See what I mean? Doesn’t make a good title, does it?
Anyhoo, this ish is easy. It’s super forgiving, once you awaken those little wheat berries they will pretty much grow under any conditions. You can start day or night, there are only a few steps (and a few days) before you get tall bright green grass.
First you grab some wheat berries from the bulk section of your local grocery store. Mine were Hard Red Winter Wheat Berries that I picked up at Whole Foods. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or there are too many varieties, then just ask an employee which ones will work best for sprouting.
To start the sprouting process, rinse your wheat berries off in a sieve or cheesecloth/paper towel lined colander under cool water for just a minute. Then transfer them to a bowl or jar where the berries only fill about 1/4-1/2 of the container. Fill your bowl or jar up with water and cover loosely with a dishcloth and let sit for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Drain and rinse the berries and return to bowl then cover with water again. You may have to do 2-4 soaks depending on the total time and what your berries are up to. Once they start to sprout then you can get to planting them!
For planting you’ll need a small container, plastic to line the container, and potting soil. A spray bottle is also helpful. Really any container will due, preferably something at least 2 inches deep to allow for some soil but drainage isn’t a huge deal so you don’t have to use an actual planter. Even a teacup or bowl from your kitchen will do.
Mise en place not necessary unless you have a little helper like I did, in which case you’ll probably want everything lined up and ready for them to make a mess…I mean help.
Once you’ve planted your sprouted wheat berries you’ll want to keep them loosely covered with plastic wrap, or a wet towel until they root just to make sure they don’t dry out. Once rooted you can place the container in a sunny spot and watch those guys grow! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to water occasionally.
This really is a great project for the littles to help out with. It’s simple, hard to mess up, there’s dirt -and spray bottles- involved so I mean, who wouldn’t want to help? My kiddo was excited to plant our grass and kept saying “we’re gonna watch it groooooow” with such enthusiasm you would have thought we were growing chocolate.
Below is list of what you need and day-by-day breakdown of how to grow Easter grass, so get to it!
What you need:
Sieve or lined colander
Cloth or paper towel
Bowl or Jar
Container for planting
Plastic Lining (optional)
Day 0 night: Before bed, rinse your wheat berries under cool water in a sieve or cheese cloth/paper towel lined colander. Then transfer them to a large bowl or jar where the wheat berries only fill about 1/4-1/3 of the container, then fill the rest of the way with water. Cover loosely with a cloth.
Day 1 morning: Drain and rinse your berries under cool water as you did the day before. Transfer them back into your bowl or jar and fill with water. Cover loosely with cloth.
Day 1 night: Repeat the drain/rinse/return to bowl process one last time unless your berries are sprouting really well then feel free to jump ahead to day 2.
Day 2: Drain & rinse your berries and check them for sprouting. They should be really starting to bud which means they are reading for planting! Take whatever container you plan on planting in and line it with plastic (unless it’s an actual planter), then fill with soil stopping about 1-2 inches below the top of the container. Lightly water your soil, and adding more if it packs down significantly once wet. Then spread your sprouted wheat berries on the top of the soil. Aiming for a packed, single layer. Spray your berries with water and then cover the container loosely with a plastic wrap or a wet towel. Check occasionally to make sure your berries aren’t drying out, and spray with water as needed. Note: by tonight you’ll probably see big changes in your sprouts!
Day 3: Continue to spray with water as needed, also check that your berries aren’t getting moldy (the sprouts/roots will start too look fuzzy). Air them out in a bright spot. Give them a good spray/water before going to bed.
Day 4: This is when the action starts. Your berries should have rooted by now and really started to shoot up! Put the container in a sunny spot and water occasionally.
Day 5: It’s real, it’s grass. Keep up the good work!
Day 6: Your grass should be looking tall and glorious today. Keep watering occasionally (it doesn’t take much), and feel free to give your grass a little trim with scissors when it starts to get out of control.
You did it! Your grew Easter grass. See? Easy and cute. Once you have that beautiful grass growing, post your photos and don’t forget to tag me on IG @agirlcalledcarolblog