Growing Chia Seeds
I am still working on these ideas and invite you to send ideas.
Chia Pets–These are forms made with the same clay as clay flower pots. I plan to experiment with broken pieces of clay pots. Following is the basic plan.
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 process softens the seed coat and begins the growth cycle of your Chia seeds.
In another container, also soak your pieces of broken clay pottery in water for 24 hours.
Now is where our experimenting really starts: The chia pets are clay forms designed to hold water. The water seeps through the pores in the clay to keep the roots of the chia plant watered. UUM! I think that if we keep part of the clay pieces in water, the water will move through the pores and keep our chia roots wet. We can also mist the chia with water when needed. Most of the chia seeds should sprout in 3 to 4 days. You can then place the chia plant in a sunny location.
Carefully apply the soaked seeds evenly to the surface of the clay pottery pieces. You want only the surface that will be above the water level to have seeds. You can use your fingers, a wooden craft stick, or a spatula.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.