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Chia Pets Review - Do these plants REALLY work?

Updated on July 24, 2014

Chia Pets - Fun for kids, great for home!

Chia Pets -- the iconic as seen on tv product. I remember the Chia Pet commercial from my early childhood. As I got older I decided, why not try it out? Was it a scam? I'll review my experience with Chia Pets so you can decide if they're right for you.

I'm a stay at home mom, wife, and mother of two wonderful children. Some of my favorite hobbies including gardening and home decorating. Isn't it great that the Chia Pet combines my love of gardening and home d├ęcor?

The Chia Pet makes a wonderful addition to my family home and is a nice gift to friends. I'm not the only one who enjoys growing Chia Pets. Both of my children, Rudy, who is in Year 4 (We live in England, so in the US it'll be 3rd grade), and Sarah, who will be entering Year 2 (1st grade) enjoy growing them. Sarah really loved the Hello Kitty Chia Pet and she grew it all by herself (I was so proud of her!). Although things can get messy, Chia Pets are a great item to have in a home.

What is the Chia Pet?

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Since I wasn't entirely sure what Chia Pets are and how they worked, I did a little research. Chia Pets are terracotta figurines that you put chia seeds on. After watering them daily, the chia sprouts within a few weeks. They look really cool and have been around since the early 80's. There are many different types of Chia Pets from animals to cartoon characters and even presidents! Just take a look at the characters!

Ch-ch-ch-chia! - Oh, nostalgia.

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The Pros of the Chia Pet

1. It's easy

Honestly, the Chia Pet couldn't be any easier. Even my children can do it! Soak the plant, soak the seeds, spread the seeds on the plant, and water it everyday. That's it.

2. It's fun

I've had so much fun with Chia Pets. After you begin to watch them grow, you begin to feel attached to them. It's also fun to watch my kids compete to see who can grow their pet the fastest. Rudy and Sarah spilled a lot of water during their competitions!

3. It makes a great gift

I can't even count how many people I've given a Chia Pet too! They all loved it, except for my husband. He was hoping I'd give him another Raspberry Pi. He sure does love his tech gadgets! Don't worry, I'll give him another Raspberry Pi for his birthday!

4. They brighten up your home

I love decorating my home. I've even experimented with Feng Shui! You'll probably end up leaving your Chia Pet on a shelf or desk. But I can tell you one thing, just having the Chia Pet makes a desk/shelf 10x better. It is definitely an eye stopper.

The Cons of the Chia Pet

1. You need to be patient

The seeds won't begin to sprout until after a week of watering. The Chia Pet won't reach it's maximum height until about 4/6 weeks of growing. Patience is the key to growing a Chia Pet.

2. You need to water every day!

One of the biggest drawbacks is that you need to water your plants daily. Remember, these are Chia Pets. Treat them with care just like you would with regular pets. Skipping one or two days of watering can bring all of your hard work down. You can set up a reminder to yourself or place the plant in a highly visible place so that you can remember to water it.

3. Sometimes the seeds won't sprout

Sometimes, no matter what you do the seeds won't sprout properly. The great thing about Chia Pets is that they can be used indefinitely! That's right. Once you buy a particular Chia Pet, you don't have to buy it again, unless something happened to your Chia Pet. Also, there are enough seeds with your Chia plant to plant them three times.

4. Things can get messy

As long as you use the drip tray that is provided with the Chia Pet, you should be fine. If you have children growing the Chia Pets, most likely they'll want to use their fingers to put the seeds on the pet. It's okay! Just make sure they wash their hands afterwards.

5. You NEED good sunlight

This can be solved by putting your Chia Pet on a windowsill. Although I did say treat your Chia Pet like a pet, you also need to remember that it's a plant and plants need a lot of light.

Disappointed, you shouldn't be! You too can get a perfect Chia Pet by following the tips below.

Chia Pet Advice

How to grow a perfect Chia!

1. Soak the Chia Pet

This is one of the biggest problems people have with the Chia plant. If you don't soak the plant correctly, it doesn't matter how much you water your plant, you probably won't get good results. I suggest that you soak the plant in a bowl full of water large enough to cover the entire plant with water for a few hours.

2. Soak and stir the chia seeds

Another issue that people have with Chia Pets are putting the seeds on the plant. You must soak the chia seeds in water. I recommend soaking 2 teaspoons of chia seeds in about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of water. While the seeds are soaking make sure to stir them so they don't get too close. Stirring ensures that all the seeds are soaking and prevents them from being a blob of gelatin.

3. Spreading the seeds

You should use a spatula or something similar (you can also use your fingers!) to easily spread the seeds. When spreading the speeds, make sure to spread the seeds evenly against the grooves of the plant. This reduces the amount of time it takes to spread the seeds.

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Chia George Washington Handmade Decorative Planter

George Washington is green on the American dollar. Why not give him green hair?



My Final Thoughts on Chia Pets

Chia Pets are a great product to have in a home. They feel like part of the family now. Although it is an As Seen On TV, I can assure you that it works. I know that a lot of As Seen On TV products may seem like they don't work but som eof them are true gems like the Chia Pet. I hope that the Chia Pet can be an addition to your home.

Best of luck


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      Zombette 2 years ago

      I received a Chia Zombie for Christmas! It's awesome!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I have never heard of Chia Pets before, but I'm a kid at heart and I would sure love to grow some.

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      Rose A May 3 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: It's so catchy isn't it?

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      Rose A May 3 years ago

      @NellyWerff: Just doing my best to add something to the Squidoo community!

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      Nelly van der Werff 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      I'd never heard of Chia Pets before. Would indeed make a fun gift.Thanks for the review.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, no, now I have "ch-ch-ch-chia" stuck in my head! :) Amazing how chia pets continue to stay popular, especially around the holidays. I'll admit, they're pretty fascinating!