Chia seeds are gaining popularity due to their rich nutrients and health benefits. This perennial herb grows naturally in the warm climates of Mexico and Guatemala. Its name comes from a Mayan word that means strong, which is also a derivative of an Aztec word that means oily. It is often called Salvia hispanica and is a member of the mint or Lamiaceae family. The mint plant family is the largest genus of plants in the family Lamiaceae. The Chia seed is known to grow very strong and spread very quickly, just like the other mint plants. In this guide, we show you how to grow a chia seed lawn as grass alternative.
Can You Use Chia Seeds as Grass?
Chia grass sprouts quickly, and it is easy to put them on window sills. The fast-growing Chia seeds are naturally very attractive, especially to children, making them a great choice for a child’s first garden. Moreover, chia plants need very little care once they are established.
Chia flowers have spikes that look like wheat and grow up to 5 feet tall. Flowers that appear in clusters perform well in spring and summertime and have a beautiful light blue color. Chia plants also have some ornamental value. The real star quality of the plant is in its seeds.
What is Chia Grass Good For?
Chia grass isn’t just for growing hair for people who want to put it on their heads to look nice. You can also trim and add it to salads and your homemade juices. Animals can safely enjoy chewing on chia grass. Cats love it because it helps them feel fuller, and birds love it because it is a good treat to eat regularly.
Chia seeds contain high amounts of linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) fatty acids. These essential acids can attract more oxygen to our cells, which helps the cells stay flexible. They also help our immune system fight harmful bacteria, viruses, and allergies.
People who eat foods with extremely low levels of essential fatty acids end up developing various health problems, tired muscles, and unnecessary fatigue. Everyone needs to eat Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) daily because our bodies cannot manufacture them.
People who love eating a lot of processed foods and refined oils are most at risk of having EFA deficiency. Hence, the EFAs in chia seeds can help your body get rid of toxins and assist in weight loss. The enzymes in Chia also help us digest food with ease.
Other Benefits of Chia Seeds
The most important benefit of Chia is its ability to give you energy. Chia seeds have been used to help people relax and retain their memory. Some studies have also shown that a single tablespoon of chia seed can sustain someone who often works too hard or for several hours without rest.
These seeds are used to make granola bars, baked goods, and yogurt. They can be added to many foods, including smoothies, for a nice flavor boost. Alternatively, you can use chia seeds to form a gel that acts like an egg and is used in some bakeries to replace eggs. Flax seeds also work well as an egg replacement.
Chia seeds contain anti-inflammatory compounds that include quercetin. The compounds are known to be very effective in preventing cancerous diseases. Some scientists believe that chia seeds can also prevent heart disease.
Additionally, Chia seeds are very high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and contain a lot of fiber. Chia seeds contain antioxidant compounds that help them to have a very long shelf life, which protects them from turning rancid. Rancidity is a common problem when it comes to the storage of oil-producing seeds.
Since there are many different varieties of Chia grass, your pets may stop eating your favorite houseplants because they have chia grass to chew on. Moreover, using chia grass on your window sills is a quick way to add some color to your room.
How Do You Make Chia Grass?
Chia seeds are very tiny. So, you don’t need to dig a large hole to bury them. You only need to ruffle a few areas of your weed-free garden by using a rake, or if you have only a few seeds, you can just loosen the soil with your fingers. Then sprinkle a few seeds over the top of the soil, and rub them gently to coat them.
Be sure to water the Chia seeds once a day, and you will see chia plants in a week. When you plant Chia seeds in your garden, build a Chia carpet for them, and then thin the plants as they grow. Some of your Chia flowers can be fed to the hens, while the rest can be harvested for human consumption. You can harvest the flowers while still young in order to dry the leaves for making chia tea. If you have excess Chia flowers, you can use them as natural mulch.
Can Chia Seeds Sprout in Soil?
Yes. If you have a bed of soil where you can plant Chia seeds in the fall, sprinkle the seeds on it, just barely covering the soil. Then water the plants lightly each day until they sprout. Once your chia plants are established, they will continue to self-sow in the fall. Chia seeds perform best in USDA zones 8-11. Newer varieties have proven to do well even in colder zones, especially if grown commercially.
Your Chia plants will be able to self-sow seeds every fall. They are liked by pollinators just as much as the other flowers in the Salvia family are loved by pollinators, but chia seeds are also self-pollinating. The Chia seeds are usually in seed heads that emerge from the underside of flower heads.
If you live in a zone where Chia plants are suitable, you can sow the seeds just as you would other flowers. Chia seeds can germinate in pots that are placed under water. If you want to start growing Chia plants indoors or near a tap in your garden, sprinkle some seeds on a clean, dry surface and water them regularly. When the plants have sprouted and are about three inches tall, you can transplant them to your desired place.
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