How to Grow Salba Seed

Overview

Salba is another name for chia. Salba seeds, or chia seeds, originated in South America and prefer warm, dry climates. They are easy to grow indoors in almost any climate, but can be grown outside only in warm, dry areas. Salba seeds are easily obtained at any nursery, or simply purchase a "Chia Pet."

Step 1

Choose a sunny, well-drained location for your salba garden. Salba will only grow well in hardiness zones 9 through 11.

Step 2

Rake off any weeds or vegetation and then hoe the ground to break up the hard surface and loosen any weed roots. Rake again with a hard rake to remove any roots and other debris. Level the area with the rake.

Step 3

Sow your salba garden in early spring, as soon as all possibility of frost is gone for your area. Plant two salba seeds every 6 inches and cover with just a tiny amount of soil, no more than 1/4 inch.

Step 4

Water well with a soft sprinkler. Dampen the soil and keep it damp, but do not let water puddle.

Step 5

Watch for salba plants to poke their green heads through the soil. This should take no more than four to eight days. Thin your salba to one plant every 12 inches after the plants have reached at least 1-inch tall. Save the healthiest and strongest and remove the weakest.

Step 6

Water whenever the plants begin to droop. Salba is a desert plant and requires only minimal amounts of water once it is established.

Step 7

Allow the salba plants to flower. Once the flowers have wilted, remove the seed clusters and place them in a paper bag. Shake the bag vigorously once the seeds have dried to separate the seeds from the hulls. The seeds will be very tiny.

Things You'll Need

  • Salba seeds
  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Sprinkler

References

  • Plants for a Future: Salvia
  • Organic Gardening: Chia Herb Garden
  • Love to Know: Chia Seeds
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.