Intro: Sprouting Chia and Other Small Seeds
In this Instructable I will show you how to sprout small mucilaginous seeds. Because these seeds form a mucilaginous coat when soaked in water they can't be sprouted using the usual mason jar method. These seeds are best grown on terracotta, clay or ceramic dishes or trays. If you are familiar with Chia Pets, this shouldn't be a surprise.
Fill dish with water. Let soak for several minutes then drain. Sprinkle your seeds onto the dish, they should be evenly spread and only a single layer. There should be space between seeds to allow them to spread while growing. Cover with clear glass or plastic bowl and place in a sunny spot.
Mucilaginous seeds that can be sprouted this way:
What you will need:
- Growing tray/dish -Unglazed terracotta, ceramic or clay. Such as an unglazed pie plate, or plant saucers.
- Clear glass or plastic bowl that fits over growing tray/dish
- Spray bottle and watering can