A profoundly slippery seed when wet, Chia pets are famous (chia is the "fur"). Chia is easy to grow as a Micro-Green.
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Yields approximately as many micro-greens (by weight) as seed "planted"
This is one of the most mucilaginous seeds of all.
Do NOT soak it unless you are performing an experiment!
Note: To learn what mucilaginous really means; take one Chia seed and put a drop or 2 of water on it. Wait for 5 minutes and try to pick the seed up =:-}
Grow these on soil or Baby Blanket (soilless medium) in a Tray, on a Hemp Bag, a Miniature Garden or on virtually any moisture retaining medium (as minimal as paper towel or fabric - like cheesecloth) you can think of.
Note: Chia is pretty mucilaginous - so we think it best to grow it on a compostable/disposable medium like Baby Blanket, our favorite soilless planting medium, or on soil, in a Tray. You can plant on a Hemp Bag but it can be difficult to clean. If you use the Miniature Garden, use Baby Blanket since it's compostable/disposable.
Thoroughly moisten that upon which you are going to grow.
If using a Hemp Bag or a small bit of Baby Blanket or similar medium - lay it on a plate or in a pan or something so that you don't end up watering your counter. Likewise, if using a Tray, put it on a plate or in a solid (Drip) tray to capture water runoff.
Spread seeds sparsely on your thoroughly moistened medium/sprouter.
(there should be a bit of space around each seed but you are not expected to place them one at a time - just spread them out as much as you can and as evenly as you can*)
You may cover your seeds:
If planting on soil in a Tray use another tray - up side down.
If using a Miniature Garden you can slide the tray into the central unit for the first 2-3 days.
If using a Hemp Bag or similar medium - be creative.
It is not mandatory when growing mucilaginous Micro-Greens to cover them at all. Experiment for yourself and see what works best in your climate/location.
Place your Micro-Garden in a low-light, room temperature location (70° is optimal).
When your plants grow up and begin to shed their hulls they are ready for light so move them (if necessary) to a well lighted location.
If you go with sunlight be prepared to water more frequently. Room light will usually do quite nicely as well and will not dry out your medium as quickly.
Keep the medium/sprouter moist but not soggy by watering regularly.
Water from the side if possible to prevent injuring the tiny plants. We like to put water in the container (plate, tray, etc) under the medium. We let the medium soak up water for a few minutes and then pour of the excess.
When your plants have open leaves and are green, they are done.
Harvest by cutting just above the medium upon which they have grown.
During the final 8-12 hours minimize the surface moisture of your plants - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch. So if you water try to keep the water off the plants - just water the medium.
Transfer your crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator - if you can keep from eating them all first.
1-3 Teaspoons for our little 5 inch tray.
1/8 - 1/4 Cup for an 11inch x 11 inch square tray.
1/4 - 1/2 Cups for ours for an 11 inch x 22 inch tray.
The surest way to know what amount of seed to use: Spread dry seed on the bottom of your sprouter so that the seed is spread evenly and sparsely (about 1/16 - 1/8 of an inch of room between seeds is the goal, but don't sweat it, there is no way you can do that even close to exactly - it is just a goal!).
* The first time you grow these you might consider giving quite a bit of space to each seed just to familiarize yourself with the plants' habit.
Chia seed is very small and beautiful.
It is of the mint family and was originally cultivated by the Aztecs.
It has been getting a lot of press of late; saying how great it is nutritionally (it is very high in omega-3 fatty acids and has anti-oxidants), so despite not being able to find organic seed, we decided to offer this non-organic seed because so many of you said we should.
Chia has surprisingly little flavor as a Micro-Green, but it's easy to grow and very nutritious - and it looks way cool (like all Micro-Greens) atop a salad.
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