Intro: Grow a Keyboard
After seeing examples of a keyboard plant prank online I decided to take a shot at it myself. I was committed to the idea of using Chia Pet seeds but struggled to find the ones referenced most online.
A green thumbed expert at my local garden center proposed using Chia seeds and potting soil instead. She went on to explain the rest of what I’m going to share with you in the details to follow. As a non-gardener I doubted I could make this work as well as I wanted but she knew exactly how to achieve the result I described. I’m grateful for her advice and hope you’ll enjoy the same success I did following her suggestions.
Step 1: SETUP
Here is the list of things to have on hand before you begin:
- 1 Keyboard1 small bag of Schultz Potting Soil
- a fork
- spray bottle with water
- 1-3 packs of Mc Fayden Select Chia seeds
- a table cloth / space to make a muddy mess
- 2 large plastic bagsPaper towels (JIC)
Step 2: HOW TO PLANT CHIA SEEDS IN a KEYBOARD
It is reasonable to see results in as few as 48 hours but real growth can take up to a week. 1 pack of carefully placed seeds would probably be enough but this example I excessively used 3.
If you left this gardening project for a day or two it will likely be ok but daily water spraying is best.
Step 3: Adding Soil
Place the keyboard on the table cloth and shake out about 1-2 cups full of soil over it.
Step 4: Fork It Over. Fork It Over!
Try working the dry soil in between the keys with either end of a fork.
Step 5: Soak It
Spray the keyboard with some water and try working the soil further in between the keys.(Repeat earlier steps as desired.)
Step 6: Seeding Your Idea
Pinch Chia seeds between your fingers and carefully spread them over the keyboard.
Dry the fork and use it again to push the Chia seeds deeper between the keys no the soil.
Step 7: Mo' H20
Heavily spray the whole keyboard again with water.
Step 8: This Could Get Messy
Fold one of the plastic bags down to make a shallow drip tray.
Step 9: Lil' Greenhouse
Place the keyboard and drip tray at the bottom of the second (larger) bag for the green house.
Inflate the second bag and clip it closed.
Place the inflated green house in a sunny window.
The growth depicted here is the result of a seven day regiment of watering and sun exposure.
This project was a great deal of fun and I hope these details are of use to you. I would not claim to have a green thumb but this does count as gardening ;D