Step 1: 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 1 hour. This process softens the seed coat and begins the growth cycle of your Chia seeds. In another container, also soak your Chia® planter for 1 hour.
Step 2: Carefully 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.
Step 3: Keep full of water. Moist seeds should sprout in 3-5 days.
Step 4: When 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.
Step 5: 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® indefinitely. Simply replant with Chia® (extra seeds included) or similar herb seeds, such as basil, timothy, alfalfa, marjoram or thyme.
Additional Growing Tips:
- You want to moisten the seeds, not completely soak them. If consistency is too wet, add more seeds. You want a thick, paste-like gel.
- You should use about 1/2 the packet or more for a thicker coat. The seeds should completely cover the grooves on the Chia Pet and form a nice thick shell.
- When filling the Chia Pet up with water do so by slowly pouring water into the hole on top. Note that if you have a thin shell of Chia Pet Seeds on the Chia Pet, the seeds will be taken off by the water. If you have a thicker shell, the outside seeds may get a little dry but feel free to drip a little water on them throughout the day; the underside will be nice and moist.
- No need to mist the seeds as long as they fill up the clay with water.
- When you first spread the seeds, fill up the clay with water then don't fill up the clay with water for a couple of days so the seeds will adhere on the clay. After a couple of days (1-2 days), water the clay everyday till the leaves have grown.
- For the next couple of nights, place a plastic bag over the Chia Pet and its drip tray for no more than 8 hours. Remove the plastic bag in the morning and don't forget to water the Chia Pet and empty the drip tray. Fresh water is important for your Chia if you don't want mold!!!
- You should start to see white sprouts coming out of the seeds and eventually when the sprouts are growing strong enough, you can stop using the plastic bag permanently.
- Remember, you can't over water your Chia Pet and if the seeds start to dry out, especially the ones near the top of the Chia Pet, it's ok to drip or spray some water on those areas a few times a day. You want your Chia Pet to constantly be moist. Make sure you are keeping the water fresh by emptying out the drip tray and filling up the Chia Pet frequently.
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