How To Sprout Chia Seeds

No Chia Pet RequiredWho says you need to have a Chia Pet to sprout chia seeds? The video below explains how, and it is easy.

Many health food stores ell chia seeds, and you can also purchase them online. I actually bought mine through Amazon.

Chia seeds can get expensive in the store when purchased in small amounts, so consider buying them in bulk. In addition to sprouting them, you can also sprinkle them on oatmeal, add them to protein shakes or even mix them with milk to make a healthy non-dairy pudding.

But I digress…

How to Sprout Chia Seeds

The thing about sprouting these seeds is that you can’t soak them – or they will turn into a pudding like I mentioned above. Place them in a glass dish or other similar container (no soil needed!). Use a spray bottle to get them wet, but not soaked. This is different than growing other sprouts, so remember this.

Next, place them in a low-light area that also receives ventilation. For this reason, try to avoid closets or cupboards – or containers with tightly sealed lids.

After the seeds have started to sprout, move them to a sunny location, which will help them grow faster and healthier. In about 5-7 days, your baby plants should be ready to eat – or if you have created your own homemade chia pet, it should have a full head of hair! =)


Chia seeds are a delicious and healthy addition to a diet that can be grown easily in your own kitchen. Learn how to sprout chia seeds with the step-by-step guide in this how-to video from About.com.