How Do You Grow Chia Seeds?


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The simplest method to grow chia seeds is to place them in a clay or terra cotta growing dish set in a larger plate filled with water. Place a clear glass or plastic cover over the plate and dish, and place them in diffused sunlight. The chia sprouts start to grow within just a few days and are ready to harvest in about a week.

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How Do You Grow Chia Seeds?
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  1. Pour chia seeds into a terra cotta or clay dish

    Spread the seeds out into the dish so that they are in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding the seeds.

  2. Set the dish inside a rimmed plate filled with water.

    Use a large-rimmed plate that is larger than the clay or terra cotta dish, and fill the rimmed plate with about 1/4 inch of water. The water permeates the clay or terra cotta, giving the seeds just enough water to grow over the next few days.

  3. Spray the chia seeds lightly

    Use a spray bottle to lightly spray the seeds with water, but do not get them soaking wet, as chia seeds become gelatinous when soaked.

  4. Cover the chia seeds with a clear lid

    Use a pie pan cover or a clear plastic cover to create a greenhouse effect, which helps your chia seeds sprout quickly.

  5. Place the chia seeds in the sun to sprout

    Choose a spot that receives plenty of diffused sunlight in your home to place the plate of chia seeds. Replace the water in the bottom plate every couple of days, and mist the budding sprouts if they look dry. The chia sprouts should be fully grown and ready to harvest within seven days.

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