How to grow
Chia is frost sensitive and is known to die back in winter in Santa Clara County. If not all seeds are harvested, the plants will self-seed for the following season.
- Type: Grown as an annual, but may be perennial in frost-free microclimates
- Light: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Well-drained
- Water: Low
- Size: 2–3' high, 1–2' wide
When to plant/propagate
- From seed: Direct seed after the last frost date in spring, or sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks prior to the last frost date
- Transplants: Plant seedlings when the danger of frost is past
- Cuttings & divisions: Can propagate via cuttings and divisions
Harvesting: In late fall, collect seed pods when they just begin to turn brown, and dry in a well-ventilated space. Crush the pods to release the seeds, and separate out the chaff.