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Pet Greens FAQUpdated 4 months ago

Pet Greens® Live Pet Grass

What is live pet grass?

Live Pet Grass is Certified Organic Cereal Grass: Pet Greens® Original is 100% wheat grass and Pet Greens® House Blend is a mixture of oat, rye and barley grasses. The “grass” is actually the sprout of these seeds – sort of like a bean sprout or alfalfa sprout, but from cereal grass seeds. Live Pet Grass is GLUTEN-FREE.

Cereal grasses provide green nutrients for pets:

  • High in protein (contains more protein than meat or eggs!)
  • Great source of valuable fiber to help support healthy digestion
  • One of the richest sources of chlorophyll on the planet!
  • Loaded with antioxidant vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes

How do I care for my live pet grass?

The main things to keep in mind are water (using watering trays or a saucer, allow pots to sit in water for about an hour, twice a week) and light (indirect sunlight only, please – they burn easily!) Plants may also be refrigerated to extend their life. Live Pet Grass will live for several days under refrigeration – but don’t forget to water twice a week!

How long will my live pet grass last?

The average life span of cereal grass is 2-3 weeks, depending on the environment it’s kept in. Keep in mind that light and heat promote faster growth. Trimming the grass when it gets too long is recommended.

There are gnats buzzing around the plants. What should I do?

Gnats are everywhere and are naturally attracted by the moisture in the plants. They are a harmless nuisance but please do not spray any insecticide on the Live Grass or Live Catnip. They can be easily removed by taking the plants outside and giving them a few brisk shakes. Once the gnats have flown off, you can place the plants in a refrigerator briefly which will help prevent the gnats from returning.

Also, make sure you’re not over-watering or allowing the Live Pet Grass to remain in standing water, as that will only attract more gnats. Remember, soaking the pot in an inch of water for about an hour twice per week should suffice.

There's mold on my live pet grass. What is it and how did it get there?

This is another humidity issue. The type of mold that grows on cereal grass, usually seen at the bottom of the blades close to the roots, is completely harmless. One often sees this type of mold on organic produce – and you can just rinse it off under the tap, then allow the plant to get some fresh air and all will be well.

Occasionally, if not noticed right away, the mold can turn from white or gray to black. This black mold is harder to rinse off, and it can start to smell bad, when this happens it’s best to just dispose of the effected pots.

Why is my live pet grass turning yellow?

The first (and most common) cause of yellowing relates to watering: if you’re looking at limp, slightly brownish-around-the-edges yellow blades, most likely the plant is getting too much water and heat and it’s simply rotting. Depending on the severity, you may be able to salvage the Live Grass by setting it someplace it can get fresh, dry air to allow it to dry out. It’s worth a try, but it may be too late if the roots are rotted.

The second most common cause of yellowing is lack of light. If you’re seeing a bright yellow starting down by the roots, that’s the problem. This is easily remedied by setting the plant in good, strong (indirect) sunlight for a few hours.

The third possibility is that your Live Grass is reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.

Pet Greens® Self Grow

What is Pet Greens® Self Grow?

We offer our 100% Certified Organic Pet Grass in a self-grow kit as well, containing the same seed and custom soil mixture we use to grow the Pet Grass. Pet Greens® Garden is wheat grass and Pet Greens® Medley is a mixture of oat, rye and barley grasses. It can be grown right out of the bag or customers can choose to plant it in their own container.

What is the shelf life of the product?

Self-Grow Pet Grass kits are best used within 18 months of the manufacturer’s date, which can be found on a sticker on the back of the bag. They don’t have an expiration date, but after 18 months some of the seeds may not germinate.

Growing Instructions

  1. Soak 2 cups of wheatgrass seed in pure water for 9-12 hours
  2. Drain the water and germinate the seeds for two days in a sprouting bag or jar, rinsing at least twice a day.
  3. Fill a standard 11” x 12” seedling tray with 1”-2” of soil.
  4. Spread the seeds evenly on top of the soil and water with a sprinkler head.
  5. Cover the seeds with a second tray upside down to keep moisture in and light out during this incubation stage.
  6. Set the tray in a shady spot away from extreme heat or cold – around 70 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.
  7. Check seedlings daily and moisten if necessary.
  8. Remove the cover when the seedlings reach 2”-3” tall.
  9. Let the sunshine in! After about three days, your grass will be ready to soak up the sunlight.
  10. Harvest when your wheatgrass reaches 7”-10” tall (usually between 10 and 14 days). Cut about one inch above the soil using a serrated knife or scissors.

That’s it! Your Pet Greens Garden is ready to be enjoyed by your pets when the grass reaches about 2 inches in height. It can grow up to 7” high but should be trimmed at about the 5” point to keep it fresh and healthy. For more information and tips on keeping your grass fresher for longer, please see Pet Grass care Instructions

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