Cereal Grass Seeds
Grow your own cereal grasses
Choose from Barley Grass, Oat Grass, Spelt Grass, Wheat Grass or mixed cereal grass seeds in 100gm bags.
Growing Cereal Grass Seeds
- Use 50gm seed per full size seed tray or pro-rata.
- Soak seeds overnight in warm (preferably filtered or rain) water.
- Rinse seeds in warm water and distribute evenly over good soil with drainage.
- Keep in a warm, dark place until the seeds have germinated.
- Water regularly but make sure excess water can drain away.
- Once seeds have germinated move to a light but warm place to grow.
Harvesting & Grazing
The grass can be cut when around 12 – 15cm tall. Leave around 4cm above ground level for the grass to recover. Alternatively the grass can be grazed and removed to recover. Cereal grasses can be dried and fed at a later date.
If sown outdoors, cereal grasses will grow to a good height and can be used as a source of both food and environmental enrichment.
Young cereal grasses are high in protein and low in fibre. Calcium and phosphorous ratio in young cereal grass is similar to young seed grasses.
Calcium levels increase with growth and Ca:P ratio until the seeds form. Seeds are high in phosphorous and the level increases as the seeds ripen. As cereal grasses grow they become higher in fibre and lower in protein.
Once the seed heads appear the level of carbohydrate is increased and grows until the seeds are ripe. Although still high in fibre, the seed heads should be considered as grain and fed only in moderation to animals that are overweight.