Imagine how much money you could save if you never had to purchase onions, garlic, and other produce again. Amazingly, there are a ton of fruits and vegetables that are able to regrow without much effort on your part.
Whether you want to start a home garden to save money or to eat healthier, here are 12 amazing plants that regrow for scrap gardening.
Celery is extremely easy to regrow. Just fill a small bowl with a little bit of warm water and place the base inside. Make sure you provide as much sunlight as possible. In about a week, leaves will start to sprout in the middle of the base, then you can transplant it to soil to allow it to continue growing.
Potatoes can grow from just their “eyes,” the small bumps that you see on the surface. To regrow potatoes, cut 2-inch pieces with 1-2 eyes each. Leave the pieces to dry for up to 2 days. Plant the pieces eyes facing up in about 6-inch deep soil. You want the soil to be nutrient-rich so be sure to add plenty of compost or manure before planting. It will take a few weeks for your potatoes to regrow; add soil as needed.
Because sweet potatoes lack eyes compared to their less sweetened counterparts, there’s an extra step to regrowing them. To regenerate sprouts on sweet potatoes, cut it in half and use toothpicks to hold the cut half above a container of water. Sprouts will start to grow and when they get to be about 4 inches you can place them in water. Roots will appear and at that point you can transplant the potato roots to soil.
Save pumpkin seeds and plant them 1-inch deep in hilled soil in a well-lit area. Pumpkins like to grow in hot temperatures, well above 70ºF and preferably over 95ºF. The hills will allow them to reach higher temperatures. The seeds will sprout in about a week.
In order to regrow lemongrass, preserve the roots and place them in a narrow container with enough water to cover them. With ample sunlight, you can expect to have new growth in about a week.
You can regrow lettuce from its stem by placing it in a shallow water-filled container. Change the water every 1-2 days and give it plenty of sunshine. You’ll start to see it grow in a few days which you can then transplant to soil.
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You can regrow bok choy in much the same way as you do lettuce. Simply keep the base in a shallow container in a sunny area and wait for it to regenerate.
To regrow onions, cut off the roots and leave about 1/2 inch of onion. Plant in sunny soil with the root facing down.
To regrow garlic, save a clove (with the husk on) and plant 2-inch deep in soil. The plant should have plenty of sunlight. When it starts to grow its green scapes, cut it off so that a garlic bud can form.
Ginger is an amazing regenerative plant. To regrow, place a chunk of ginger about 2 inches into soil. Choose a warm area without much direct sunlight. The roots and shoots will grow in a couple of days.
Avocados are super fruits that you definitely don’t have to spend a fortune on. Growing an avocado from its seed is actually quite easy. Check out this nifty Pinterest infographic for details!
To regrow a pineapple, use the toothpick method (similar to that of regrowing avocado) to hold the pineapple top in water. You want just enough water to reach the flesh. Keep the top in a sunny area and change the water every 1-2 days. In about a week, roots will start to grow and you can then transplant it to soil. Pineapples require warm temperatures to grow so it’s best to grow indoors if you live in cooler climates.
Here’s a helpful infographic to pin for later!
Not only does growing your own fruits and vegetables save you a ton of money, but you can also be sure it’s 100% pesticide-free and safe for your family.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I would love to help you grow your amazing garden.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, my home has a lot of wonderful vegetables and fruits (possibly over 20)! They don’t take much time to care for, but a little TLC and plant knowledge goes a long way.