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Chia Pet Review: Is It a Scam?

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

Fun for Kids, Great for the Home

I'm a wife and stay-at-home mother of two wonderful children. Some of my favorite hobbies include gardening and home decorating. Isn't it great that the Chia Pet combines my love of gardening and home décor?

These whimsical plants make wonderful additions to my family home and are nice gifts for friends. I'm not the only one who enjoys growing them. 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, too. 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, these plants are great to have in a home.

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

This is just a sampling of the wide variety of Chia Pets.

This is just a sampling of the wide variety of Chia Pets.

The Pros

1. It's easy!

Honestly, they couldn't be any easier to take care of. Even my children can do it! Soak the planter, soak the seeds, spread the seeds on the planter, and water it every day. That's it.

2. It's fun!

I've had so much fun with Chia Pets. Watching 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 to! 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 and have experimented with everything, including 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 definitely catches the eye!

The Cons

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 its maximum height until about 4 to 6 weeks of growing. Patience is the key.

2. You need to water every day.

One of the biggest drawbacks is that you need to water your plants daily. Remember, these are called "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 for 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. However, the great thing is the planter can be used indefinitely! That's right. Once you buy a particular Chia Pet, you don't have to buy it again, unless something happens to the planter. Also, the planter comes with enough seeds to plant three times.

4. Things can get messy.

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

5. You need good sunlight.

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

Advice: How to Grow a Perfect Chia Pet

1. Soaking the planter

This is one of the biggest problems people have with the Chia Pet. 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 large enough to cover the entire plant for a few hours.

2. Soaking the chia seeds

Another problem that people have is 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 to 1/3 cup of water. While the seeds are soaking, make sure to stir them so they don't clump up. Stirring ensures that all the seeds are soaking and prevents them from becoming 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 seeds, make sure to spread the seeds evenly against the grooves of the planter. This reduces the amount of time it takes to spread the seeds.

My Final Thoughts

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 product, 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 some of them can be true gems. I hope that the Chia Pet can be an addition to your home.

Best of luck!

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Share your comments here!

bob on December 15, 2019:

Just purchased the pennywise (IT) chia. Cool. Getting trump to.

JC LUNDY on June 29, 2019:

I bought a Donald Trump Chia Pet and the sprouts were orange.

Tera on May 18, 2019:

Never worked molded followed directions to a t. Waste of money

Unhappy Customer on January 10, 2018:

TERRIBLE!!!!!!!! it got moldy and black barely even green!

Zombette on July 29, 2015:

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

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on July 28, 2014:

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

Rose A May (author) on July 22, 2014:

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

Rose A May (author) on July 22, 2014:

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

Nelly van der Werff from The Netherlands on July 22, 2014:

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

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 22, 2014:

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!