Are Chia Seeds perennial or annual?

Are Chia Seeds perennial or annual?

Postby kieran » February 2nd, 2015, 5:11 am

I am an organic gardener in NJ, planting zone 7 . I like to plant as much as I can in my yard. I've got many vegetable beds, fruit and nut trees and some perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb and a large herb garden. I'd like to plant chia and flax and I'm wondering if the chia seeds are perennial (will come back year after year) or annual (meaning I would need to replant my crop each growing season) Thanks so much in advance for your help!
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Are Chia Seeds perennial or annual?

Postby dominik » February 2nd, 2015, 5:13 am

They are not, however, they can self sow and grow the following year like other annuals. A perennial keeps a viable root system and can regenerate year after year, or simply bear seed the second season.
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Are Chia Seeds perennial or annual?

Postby ermanno » February 2nd, 2015, 5:23 am

Chia are annual but likely would not grow well there- they are more for arid regions and do not like watering or damp soil. Tend to grow in the arid areas of the southwest. You should be able to grow flax though.
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