How to Plant & Harvest Chia Seeds


Though many know about Chia Pets, clay figures on which chia seeds grow to create “hair” or “fur,” fewer people know about the benefits of chia seeds. Sometimes called a superfood, states that chia seeds provide protein and calcium, keep you hydrated for long periods of time and help cleanse your body of toxins. They recommend sprinkling chia seeds on everything from steak to ice cream. You can also plant some of your chia seeds to gain similar benefits from chia sprouts. These tiny, green, two-leaved plants go well with any dish requiring leafy greens.

Things You'll Need

  • Chia seeds
  • Burlap
  • Potting soil
  • Seed trays (without individual wells)
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Lidded plastic container
  • Fill a seed tray about halfway with potting soil. Soak a piece of burlap in water and layer it on top of the soil. The burlap should be dripping wet for best results.

  • Sprinkle your chia seeds over the burlap in a single layer. Spread them out with your fingers so there is a little space around each seed. Don’t place them individually, just drag your fingers across them to spread them out.

  • Place your seed tray in a warm area that gets bright, indirect sunlight. Water your seeds about every two days, keeping the burlap and soil moist. You should begin to see sprouts in about a week.

  • Move your chia plants to direct sunlight when they shed their bean casings. Chia seeds grow like lima beans, carrying their seed shells on top of their stems. Continue watering every other day.

  • Harvest when both leaves of the sprouts are open. At this point, the plants are finished growing and will reseed themselves if left alone. Snip them right above the burlap and place them in a lidded plastic container.

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