These are very nutritious seeds, loaded with omega-3s, etc and very
expensive to buy - locally (California) about $1/ounce.
Visit www.wikipedia.org and type chia to get lots of info.
I would like to know of your experiences in growing, harvesting and
Yeah I bought 2 CHIA Herb Gardens last winter. They grew exactly
as the instructions said they would. At first. Then they died.
All of them reached 2 inches in height within a few weeks as
The Chives were the only thing (of 6 plantings) that survived to reach
Any attempt to do any thinning or separate anything from the CHIA
also killed it. Immediately. Everything.
Later I planted some leftover CHIA seeds in window boxes. They lived a
but were always overgrown and shaded-out by store and ebay-bought
before they reached maturity or produced anything useful. Long before.
I'm thinking who my worst enemy is to give them the remaining Herb
Christmas. Somewhere in the instructions it clearly said "special
Yeah. Specialized to grow quick and die quicker.
Thanks Guys for the responsees.
I did a little digging this morning and found that the chia has grown
wild as far north as Mondocino county in CA.
I live in Sonoma. right next door, so it appears I am in the right
place. Very important, once it starts to grow it
needs no more water.
There is lots of info at the link:
Good planting and even better eating :-)
They want to be dry sometimes but don't tolerate freezing. They were a
staple of the Tribes of inland southern California (Luiseρo,
Gabrieliρo, del Rey, etc.) who still grow and collect them. It grows
wild along my hillside & we gather them sometimes. Tasty, especially
We do get some frost here but it is mostly on the surface - rarely gets
into the earth. If the roots are deep, it could survive. Presumably it
is an annual and
could be grown from Spring through the Fall. Anyone know if they are
to flax seeds? When the flax seeds are soaked in water for a while, the
result is a
very clear slimy liquid, which acts as a strong laxative for many people.
Urkle. (Removing foot from mouth)
I misconstrued the question as a sneaky advertisement for the "brand"
name CHIA, and had no idea there is an actual plant by that name...
(Californian I am not)
[ "Ethnobotanic: Chia, the Spanish name for Salvia columbariae, is
[ of great economic importance to many Native American tribes in
... Apologies all~~
Predating the Chia Pet craze by decades, I remember, in the late 50's,
having a pottery head of Alfred E. Newman, the Mad Magazine character.
There was a hole in the top of his head, to add water I guess, and there
were grooves all around where his hair would be, to put the seeds in.
Don't know what seeds were supplied.
Yes, mom's Lion had a hole in the top of his head.
Generally, chia pets were glazed except where the ridges for sprouting
were. The seeds are mucilaginous so stick to where you plant them when
they are wetted.
Mom had her chia pet in the late 60's, early 70's.
Chia pets ARE edible plants!
Sprouts on a special clay planter, shaped usually like an animal of some
The sprouts grew on the surface making it look "fuzzy":
<Googles> Huh. Looks like there are still a good variety available:
Might have to see if I can get one shipped fast as a Christmas gift for
my sister. :-)
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