Chia Pet and Chia Head Growing Tips
are suggestions to help you produce a lush, healthy "coat"
on your Chia Pet or Chia Head. Need more information? Check
out "Frequently Asked Questions," too.
1/4 cup of water to 2 teaspoons of Chia seeds. Stir the mixture
after 15 minutes to moisten all seeds, then let it set for
24 hours. This process softens the seed coat and begins the
growth cycle of your Chia seeds. In another container, also
soak your Chia planter for 24 hours.
apply the seeds evenly to the grooves of your planter, using
your fingers, a small knife, or a spatula. Fill your Chia
to the top with water. Check the water level daily and add
additional water whenever necessary. Some leakage in the drip
tray is normal. Discard the accumulated water daily.
full of water. Moist seeds should sprout in 3-5 days.
the air is dry, it is more challenging to keep the seeds moist
enough to sprout properly. To promote germination of the seeds,
"tent" a plastic bag over your Chia. Do not allow
the plastic to touch the planter! This will create a greenhouse
environment for your Chia. When most of the seeds have sprouted
(about 3 to 4 days), remove the bag and place your Chia in
a sunny location.
A small amount of white "fuzz" is
normal when your Chia seeds first sprout. This is actually
the emergence of "root hairs," and is the second
stage of growth for your Chia seeds. "Misting" your
Chia with a spray bottle will give the root hairs a less fuzzy
appearance. If the fuzz persists past the first week, it is
likely that you have a mildew problem. Your Chia can still
be used. Scrub the seeds off the planter using a brush. Soak
your chia in a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 gallon
of water for a half hour to remove any mildew residue. Rinse
well with clear water and proceed as above. Grows quickly
to full coat. Reuse your Chia Head indefinitely. Simply replant
with Chia (extra seeds included) or similar herb seeds, such
as basil, timothy, alfalfa, marjoram or thyme.
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