That’s right, you remember… they’re still around and now the chia herb garden is rapidly increasing in popularity.  Like the chia pets, the herb garden version of chia grows quickly when the gardener applies moistened seeds of chia (scientifically known as Salvia hispanica) to the specially designed pot along with a sponge.

In approximately four day of regular watering the seeds sprout. 

Chias are popular because of their easy starting process and the ease of maintenance.  Many gardeners consider the chia herb garden to be trouble free, especially when compared to traditional gardening. 

What Chia Kits Includes

Chia kits provide beginning gardeners with multiple pots and seeds so that you (along with a friend) can start a small garden of easy to grow herb plants.  Ingredients and materials in the kit generally include terra cotta pots, saucers, saucer liners (which help in drainage) and instructions. 

Types of seeds commonly sold with the chia garden set include sweet basil, dill chives, cilantro, curled parsley and marjoram.  These sets may also come with a plant marker (for easy organization when growing) as well as special chia sponges that help facilitate growth. 

You moisten the sponges for every pot and watch as the garden takes form, finally dropping one into each pot for full growth.  Take the seeds and distribute them on top of the sponges.  What other complicated steps are there? 

None.  In fact, all you have to do from here on out is water the chia herb garden on a regular basis.  After they reach a given height, you could even plant them in a traditional garden.

Considerations When Working with Chia

Some gardeners are concerned when they start to see a fuzzy white substance on their chia garden pot, which they can only assume is mold… but it’s not.  This growth is actually a natural byproduct of the tree bark in the chia sponge.  What looks like destructive mold is really a source of nutrition for the seeds, and it will help the plant grow.  If you find the look aesthetically displeasing, you can just wipe it away. 

What causes this strange looking growth is usually high humidity without consistent air movement.  If you are using a chia herb garden but have not yet grown anything then your garden probably has a lack of moisture-the most common reason why chia products stall.  If after two weeks nothing happens, remove the seeds from the sponges and rinse. 

Replant the new seeds and keep the pots covered (a Ziploc bag will do).  Why this step?  This is so you can increase the humidity, which will influence sprouting.

Some people enjoy the chia herb garden because it is easy to create, while others enjoy using it as a starter, which they will later transplant to a full yard.  Our understanding of chia can result in a much simpler gardening process, ideal for beginners and experienced growers alike!

For more information look up chia products online and look for easy-to-plant chia garden kits.