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While it’s officially spring, your plants won’t look like they’ve “sprung” for a while. So get a head start on growing by planting indoor wheatgrass. In a little over a week you’ll have some impressive shoots that will impart fresh air and a verdant hue to your home.

Wheatgrass pots are a welcome addition to a dining table, a kitchen counter, and a bathroom. You can use a container of any size, so your indoor grass can fit anywhere you’d like.

Also, wheatgrass is pet-friendly, so no need to worry if pets nibble on it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A container in which to grow your grass (decorative teacups or even clear glass bowls work well, and you’ll be able to see the sculptural, earthy roots in clear container.
  • Wheat berries (found in bulk bins at the grocery store)
  • Water
  • Potting soil
  • Rocks or other drainage material (optional)

Completely cover the wheat berries with water in a large bowl and let them soak for 8 to 12 hours. Then drain the berries, which will have swollen quite a bit, so be sure to use a large-enough bowl and an ample amount of water when soaking.

Fill your growing container with drainage material (if using) and about 2 inches of potting soil. Once you’ve drained the wheat berries, spread them evenly over the potting soil. Lightly water the wheat berries and continue to do so a few times a day (tip: A spray bottle filled with water makes this task a breeze). Sprouts should form in a few days and continue growing, so trim as needed.