Sunday

Growing Chia Seeds ( Sprouts )

I was very surprise at how easy it is to grow Chia Seeds.  I tried a few different ways but this is what works best for me. 
. First I went out an bought a clay saucer.  You know.... the ones you put under your pot to keep the water from running all over your tables etc.  
. Cut a piece of cotton material to fit into the saucer.  You don't have to be exact.
.  Wet the material and put it into the saucer
.  Sprinkle your chia seeds on the material
. Put the saucer into a bigger bowl and fill the lower bowl with water.  (This will keep the chia seeds moist)

After 3-5 days, you should start seeing some sprouts



You can also grow Chia Pets, although I find I have to mist the pet several times a day.  I would rather just use the planter bottom like I did above.

Grow Chia Pets

Add 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 makes it so you can spread it on your Chia Pet


Soak your chia pet in water for 12 to 24 hours.

Try to  apply the seeds evenly to the grooves of your planter, using your fingers, a small knife, or a spatula.

See the hole in the top of your Chia? Fill it 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. Keep full of water. Moist seeds should sprout in 3-5 days.


I used a spray bottle to keep the seeds moist.. for some reason they dry out easy on the chia pet.
You might see some  white fuzz, this is normal when your Chia seeds first sprout. This white fuzz is root hairs,  and is the second stage of growth for your Chia seeds.

You can also plant  seeds, such as basil, timothy, alfalfa, marjoram or thyme.



40 comments:

  1. Terry... How clever of you to grow your own chia seeds. You are so great.
    Did you know the Tarahumara people in Mexico, the long distance runners, eat chia as one of their primary foods? I started eating it when I read they always eat it before they run. And they run in those sandals of string and tire rubber. I made of pair of those (from a kit). I love the runners and they are such neat people. Anyway, the way they eat the seeds is with the juice of a lime and some sweetner, probably the cactus sweetner. Agave or yucca. It gets gelatinous but it tastes crunchy and good. I've kinda studied them for years.
    Don't you just love life?
    Until later.
    Manzanita

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  2. I took my moderation off and find that Blogger Spam really works for me. I don't think I have had a single problem. But that's just FYI. What I really wanted to say is that as I am working on coming back from several injuries and by now feel pretty weak. I know that your blog will be very, very helpful to me. You are putting a lot of work into it and I just wanted to thank you and let you know how much I appreciate it. I liked your first idea for the seeds.

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  3. Hi Manzi,
    No, I did not know the Tarahumara people in Mexico ate chia seeds. I started eating them because they are so good for you.

    I love the taste of the sprouts, the problem is,... I can eat the whole container in one sitting and then have to wait days for them to grow again.

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  4. Thanks so much for the kind words Canyon Girl.... I love your dog!!

    I am going to be doing a lot of posts on keeping my back in shape... Plus my neck and shoulders. Hope you stop by and visit again. Terry

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  5. I love this post; awesome. I was wondering if you could reuse the Chia seeds again and now I guess you can. Loved the Chia pets, yeah.
    have a Great awesOme Day!!!
    Barbara
    http://spanishforkids-jbplbarbara.blogspot.com

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  6. Neat!! My boys would LOVE this. I have a stupid question. :) What exactly are chia seeds for? Just to look neat or do they actaully have a purpose :)

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  7. Hi Keli,
    To answer your question about chia seeds. They are a small seen that comes from a plant that grows in the desert.

    The seeds are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, even higher tha flax seeds.

    That is why I eat them... for the Omega 3.

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  8. Very cool! I never thought of doing it that way - excellent idea!

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  9. Never thought to sprout them but that is really easy.

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  10. How awesome is that you can grow them in the planter or on the Chia Pet! ...Love it!

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  11. Looks super easy! What do you use chia for? Is it just for decoration, or is there another use for it?

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  12. We are incorporating Chia Seeds into our diet! But I never thought of a chia pet, it's fun for the kids AND can be used nutritionally! Super awesome!

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  13. Very cool. I have always wanted a chia pet!

    Non related - my maiden name is Chiacchieri and the beginning of it is pronounced chia like as in chia pet. My entire childhood I heard people singing cha cha cha chia to me. Ugh!!

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  14. That does look really easy. I've never been very good at getting things to grow, but I'm thinking this is something even I can handle, and the kids could help!

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  15. that is so awesome i would love to learn how to grow a herb garden inside

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  16. This is great i have pack of chia seeds but have not thought of this maybe i can grow it like we used to grow cress in the shape of a hedgehog lol

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  17. oh that is very cool! I have often wondered how growing chia seeds worked. I hear they are so good for your body, I have been really curious about them.

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  18. Now I am going to have Chi Chi Chi Chia in my head all day! lol. Is that a Shaggy Chia Pet?

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    1. That is Shaggy! Hahaha... he is pretty funny looking too.

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  19. Growing a Shaggy Chia Pet would be so much fun! My kids would most certainly enjoying helping it grow.

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  20. I like the results that come about so quickly. That's fun that you're making a Shaggy. He's cute. :)

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  21. That could end up being a fun little herb garden. I love this idea and will try it once we get settled in our new home.

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  22. I think that a Chia Pet would be fun to have at least once.

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  23. I've always wanted to have a Chia pet but never owned one. Now might be a great time to do one with my toddler.

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  24. How creative Terry! I'd love to have this. It looks loke an artwork right out of A garden gallery!

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  25. I love these sprouts, I think I can sit and eat them all as a meal. ha Never tried the Chia Pets though, that'd be a fun thing to do with the kids

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  26. I never thought to buy Chia Seeds. I generally go and buy the whole kit in a box and do. What a great idea!

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  27. I have never had a Chia pet before! Maybe I'll make my own now with your post's guidance :D

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  28. Wow. Such new thing to learn - thank you for this. I totally love Chia never tried on Chia pets though but I am sure its all fun to do.

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  29. Haha-i love Chi pets. I havent grown one for years since my two oldest were little.

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  30. How cool is that I love the Chia pet as well it reminds me of growing cress as a child in weird and wonderful things. x

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  31. this is very cool, i remember when i was a kid ages ago my mother brought my a chia pet & it was so cool

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  32. I actually think your method of doing it is much more hassle-free if you don't have to keep misting it. I'm all for doing as little as possible!

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  33. How so funny and cute! I remember the Chia Pet ads years ago... I'm still laughing but good for you.
    Eliz

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  34. You should start a new batch every other day and then you will always have fresh sprouts! Love it!

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  35. I heard Chia is good for the body. That is so cool that they are easy to grow. Where do you buy them?

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  36. After reading this post I am going to be hunting for some chia seeds. Now when I think of chia pets, it's hilarious but they have come out with the Duck Dynasty characters where the chia sprouts on the beard.

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  37. I didn't realize that chia was that easy to grow! wow.

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  38. I remember when the chia figures first came out. I tried growing one. I didn't do so well. Seems you had better results then I did.

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  39. I've always thought these Chia Pets were interesting... I've never tried to grow one though.. this makes me want to give it a try!

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