Step 1: Add 1/4 cup of water to 2 teaspoons of Chia® seeds. Stir the mixture after 15 minutes to moisten all seeds, then let it set for 24 hours. This process softens the seed coat and begins the growth cycle of your Chia® seeds. In another container, also soak your Chia® planter for 24 hours.
Step 2: Carefully apply the seeds evenly to the grooves of your planter, using your fingers, a small knife, or a spatula. Fill your Chia® to the top with water. Check the water level daily and add additional water whenever necessary. Some leakage in the drip tray is normal. Discard the accumulated water daily.
Step 3: Keep full of water. Moist seeds should sprout in about 3 – 5 days.
Step 4: When the air is dry, it is more challenging to keep the seeds moist enough to sprout properly. To promote germination of the seeds, “tent” a plastic bag over your Chia®. Do not allow the plastic to touch the planter! This will create a greenhouse environment for your Chia®. When most of the seeds have sprouted (about 3 to 4 days), remove the bag and place your Chia® in a sunny location.
Step 5: A small amount of white “fuzz” is normal when your Chia® seeds first sprout. This is actually the emergence of “root hairs,” and is the second stage of growth for your Chia® seeds. “Misting” your Chia® with a spray bottle will help give the root hairs a less fuzzy appearance. If the fuzz persists past the first week, it is likely that you have a mildew problem. Your Chia® can still be used. Scrub the seeds off the planter using a brush. Soak your Chia® in a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 gallon of water for a half hour to help remove any mildew residue. Rinse well with clear water and proceed as above. Grows quickly to full coat. Reuse your Chia® indefinitely. Simply replant with Chia® (extra seeds included) or similar herb seeds, such as basil, timothy, alfalfa, marjoram or thyme.