Last Christmas, after enduring years of those Chia Pet ads on TV, I finally broke down and bought one. I bought a Chia Cow and promptly set out to “watch it grow”.
First off, the Chia Pet is handcrafted out of terracotta, and has a glazed head. The body, where the Chia Seeds go, is grooved so the seeds have a place to adhere to the body.
To start off, you need to soak both the Chia Pet and the chia seeds in water overnight. This is to get the terracotta moist since this is how the water gets to the seeds. After soaking the seeds overnight in a little bit of water, they form a gelatinous coating which helps them adhere to the pet. You then spread the seeds on the pet, and keep the pet filled with water. Place it near sunlight, then “watch it grow”!
I have “grown” my Chia Pet several times since Christmas, and each time, it gets better.