Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy wheatgrass seeds and other sprouting seeds from Hippocrates?

Yes. Our store is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 3pm and our online store is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Can I buy wheatgrass and sunflower and pea greens directly from Hippocrates?

Yes. Click here for information about purchasing wheatgrass and sprouts from us.

How long will wheatgrass last in the fridge after it is harvested?

Typically a week to 10 days in a Green Bag (available in the Hippocrates store or our online store), sometimes longer.  Grass will last longer in a cooler fridge than a warmer one. The grass cannot be frozen.

After I juice the grass, how long will the juice last?

Drink the juice within the first few minutes for maximum benefits. If more than two hours has passed, start again. Wheatgrass does not store in the fridge as juice.

Are the powdered or frozen grasses a viable substitute for fresh juice?

Powdered is better than frozen, but there is no substitute for fresh wheatgrass juice. Powder is a decent alternative when traveling.

What variety of seeds do I use for growing wheatgrass, sunflower greens, buckwheat lettuce, and pea greens?

  • Wheatgrass – hard winter wheat (or hard spring wheat) also called wheat berries
  • Sunflower greens – black oil sunflower (wild bird feed black oil sunflower seed works great!)
  • Buckwheat lettuce – whole buckwheat with the hulls (buckwheat groats, etc. won’t work)
  • Pea greens– snow peas or peas for “shoots”; even speckled pea seed will work

How long do you soak the seeds before sprouting?

Eight to 12 hours, or overnight.

How much seed do I use per tray?

1 cup for a 10″ x 10″ tray, or 2.5 cups for a 17″ x 17″ tray (dry measure).

How long do you soak the seeds before sprouting?

Depending on the size of the tray, the seed amount will vary. Just cover the soil completely with seed. This will look like too much seed, but the wheat will grow fine. In the summer, you may plant a bit less to allow for more air movement through your wheatgrass. Our large planting trays (17″ x 17″) yield approximately one pound (2 1/2 cups) of seed per tray, which yields 18-20 ounces of juice. Our small planting trays (10″ x 10″) yield approximately one half pound (1 1/2 cup) of seed per tray, which yields 8-10 ounces of juice.

How much light do I need to grow greens and wheatgrass?

Greens are always grown in the shade, never direct sunlight. If you need light in a basement where there are no windows, then use full spectrum lighting.

What is the ideal growing temperature?

The ideal growing temperature is 60-80° F (20-25° C). Always keep the temperature above 50°F (10°C), and if it is 80°F (26°C) or higher, increase air circulation to prevent mold. Also remember that your sprouts/grass will grow slower during colder months and faster in warmer weather.

What kind of soil do I use?

Any basic potting mix or topsoil mixed with peat moss will work fine.

How often do I need to water?

Always water heavily, once a day, and keep the soil well drained. Within the first three days of planting, water twice a day (heavily in the morning and mist the seeds in the evening) and keep the seeds covered. Water is very important; seeds must not ever dry out. Any water will work fine, but filtered with a carbon unit is a better choice.

When do I harvest my greens? (How long does it take?)

  • Wheatgrass – when a second blade branching from the stalks is visible. Don’t over grow your grass as the taste will change.
  • Sunflower greens – when a second set of leaves starts to grow between the first set
  • Buckwheat lettuce – approximately 10-12 days
  • Pea greens – approximately 10-12 days, when all the hulls have fallen off