Frequently Asked Questions
Can you reuse the dirt? No, you cannot reuse the soil without first composting the mats. Genesis Wheatgrass has such a massive root system you can hardly see the dirt. Think of how a root bound house plant looks. You cannot see the soil for the roots. Wheatgrass is the same way. How many times can I cut the wheatgrass? Even though Ann Wigmore says that you can cut the wheatgrass twice, I know of no one that does. When it grows back the second time, the growth is too irregular to efficiently harvest the wheatgrass. It is our opinion that wheatgrass has used up many of the nutrients and the wheatgrass would not be as nutritious.
How long will a tray of wheatgrass last? Once wheatgrass is at its optimum height, it will keep about a week, if it is kept cool. You can take the wheatgrass out of the growing tray, fold it in half and place in the refrigerator to conserve space.
How much wheatgrass juice will I get out of a tray? You should get about 12 to 16 ounces per trays. This will depend on how well the tray grew. How much moisture is in the wheatgrass when you juice the wheat grass. If the tray of wheatgrass is moist it will yield more juice than if the wheatgrass has dried out. The yield will also depend on the quality of wheatgrass juicer that you have. A wheatgrass juicer will yield more juice than a juicer that is mult-purpose. If your juicer does not have an outlet screw at the end where the pulp comes out, you may lose an excessive amount of juice with the pulp. If your pulp comes out bone dry, then your wheatgrass juicer is an efficient machine. If your pulp is coming out wet, you are losing a lot of juice.
Is wheatgrass grown in the ground more nutritious than wheatgrass grown in the tray? Wheatgrass grown in the ground might be a little more nutritious because it has grown a little longer and has had time to pick up more nutrients. But this is only for a short window of time. Remember, Wheatgrass is young wheat trying to grow up and be large stalks of wheat, which is where we get our grain. If a company is harvesting one time a year and drying or freezing the wheatgrass juice, this is true. If you want fresh wheatgrass year round, then the only option is to grow it in trays.