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i would if i could find a darn chia pet. ive tried only kmart so far. if youre in the virginia beach area and know where the chia pet is, i would def. .like to know. from the fully grown ones ive seen, it would be a nice land carpet plant. much easier to grow than terrestrial moss for sure...
 

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finally found one, got a homer :)
package says:

when growth appears leggy and over grown, its time to remove old growth. depending on home conditions, chia will have a lifespan of aprox. 4 weeks.

i hope this is just a ploy for them to get you to buy more chia seeds. i have no real idea how big they actually get.
 

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well, lets do it then.

im gonna plant 3 different types of "substrate"

1-the Terra cotta "homer" chia container. instructions state to keep it full of water at all times, and if you grab the bare figuring, it will be wet to the touch (but not look it)

2-what im assuming is limestone. it didnt have a strong reaction to vinegar...what its actual Ca content is, idk, its a cool piece though.

3- wood. Malaysian drift wood or so labeled. pre soaked as usual.

my plan is for a lil vivarium/paludarium in a 2.5 (only spare i got :icon_conf)
water flow is up in the air, idk if the toms aquatics lil pump (its small) is trust worthy or if i want to rig an aqua lifter to move water for me. it def. doesnt have to be fast, just moving. both rock and wood would be in the water in some shape or form.

water level will be LOW so the aqualifter is winning the argument in my head at the moment.

lighting is undetermined. i have the lamp for a standard 2.5 i could drop a new bulb in, or an old 12'' current usa satellite fixture i could drop a dual daylight lamp in.


know idea on what to put in it, but i did find a blue rolly polly in the yard that might make it in there.
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica

That article explains a little background on chia (the plant) itself.

This will be cool if it works out and you are actually able to grow them in a vivarium. I had a couple chia pets as a kid though and they never seemed to live that long. The seeds would sprout and then die after a few weeks or a month.

I suspect though that might be more due to the lack of any substrate/nutrient base for the seedlings. It would be cool to put some of the seeds directly onto some soil too in the vivarium and see how long you can actually sustain them.
 

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sustaining them longer than the "12 weeks" the package states is the trick. ive seen at least one chia that was older than that. i only worry that i will end up with a tank full of shrubary.

im gonna plant the chia pot, then the tank when it comes together and hope it all starts to sprout before i deploy....

pics to come
 

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no real updates, didnt plant it. lost intrest after reading more about the plant. i have a feeling it would be a fast grower that would over run a tank quick.

id have to say all in all it was 20% general intrest loss 80% work related.

been on the look out for carpeting terrestrail plants other than HC and these weeds that grow in the cracks of sidewalks keep catching my eye....no idea what they are. they have small leaves and hug the ground. they have to be hardy as heck, they deal with harsh summers rather well, and people walking on them. idk how our snow (weak flurry) has effected them, but many ive seen are still green.

long story short, i canned the project. still looking for a carpeting plant that likes it a little drier
 

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I've never owned a chia, but I always suspected it was a similar process to growing bean/alfalfa/whatever sprouts. Just keep the seeds moist,and they will sprout their little roots and cotyledons or whatever.
 
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