The word "chia" refers to two different plants in the sage genus: Salvia hispanica is native to Mexico and Central America and known for its nutritional value; Salvia columbariae thrives in the desert of the southwestern United States--as well as on chia pets. Salvia columbariae is a fast-growing annual that produces purple flowers March through June. The 6- to 10-inch blooms also attract bees and are a favorite of farmers who need their crops pollinated.
Things You'll Need
- Chia seeds
- Seed tray
- Potting mix
Soak chia seeds in water for 15 minutes.
Fill a seed tray with porous potting mix in spring. Make planting holes twice the seeds' diameter.
Plant the chia seeds in the holes and cover them with soil. Move the planter to a sunny location.
Water the seeds thoroughly with a fine mist and keep them moist until germination.
Reduce watering once seeds germinate. Chia plants prefer arid and low-fertility conditions.
Transplant seedlings to a sunny, well-drained location outside. Pull weeds that sprout around the plant.
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