Grass grown in pots, vases, and baskets is one of the most fun centerpieces you can use I think. Not only that, you can grow a pot of lush, green in about ten days. It grows fast once it starts.
Here’s what you need:
- Vessels in which to grow the greenery, if you don’t have any vases or pots, use a tin can or a plastic coffee can and cover it with paper. Or grow a dozen teeny plantings in an egg carton.
- Soil or dirt (a cup or more depending on your container. For my shallow but wide planter, I used two cups of soil leftover from one of my holiday poinsettias.) You’ll want enough soil in your container so that you can see the grass when it starts to grow. Because my glass planter was shallow, I only needed an inch of soil.
- Wheatgrass seed. I bought a pound from my natural food store for $1.29. I needed an eighth of a cup and still have seed left over for Easter baskets.
How to Grow Grass:
- Soak the wheatgrass in water for 10 to 12 hours or overnight. (This is optional, I forgot to do this and mine turned out fine).
- Put damp soil in your pot or vase ( I used about a cup of soil for my dish, which is about two inches high and six inches wide). The soil should be damp but not soaking wet.
- Pour a thick layer of seed over the top of the soil and smooth out so the entire surface of soil is covered.
- Cover pot with a layer of clear plastic wrap and put some place warm for the first couple of days (I am in Maine and this is February so I put mine on top of the refrigerator. If you’re in Georgia or Alabama, maybe the windowsill will be fine).
- Remove plastic when you start to see sprouts and place the pot in a sunny spot. Make sure soil stays damp but not wet. You probably won’t need to water it but again, it depends on where you live and how dry the climate or your house is. The sprouts may look yellowish when they first begin to grow. Don’t worry. Make sure the plant gets some sun and you’ll have a lush green carpet in a few days.
Have you ever made a similar decoration? Do you have any tips for a festive Easter centerpiece? Leave a comment!