10 Fruits And Vegetables You Can Regrow

By Victoria Simpson on April 29 2020 in Environment

Regrowing food can be the perfect way to stretch your grocery bill and enjoy a fun activity. Photo by Chantal Garnier on Unsplash
Regrowing food can be the perfect way to stretch your grocery bill and enjoy a fun activity. Photo by Chantal Garnier on Unsplash
  • You can regrow may fruits and vegetables from kitchen scraps by placing them in water and sun.
  • In cooler climates, you can regrow avocado plants indoors.
  • You can even regrow a pineapple.

Having fruits and vegetables growing in your backyard or kitchen can be a blessing. The bounty they offer can seem like free food from Mother Nature, even if you have paid to water them and spent hours of your own time picking out weeds from the soil. 

Some fruits and vegetables have been genetically modified to have infertile seeds. In theory, this could be done to make it necessary for you to return to the supermarket each week to buy more. There are some foods that you can successfully regrow, however. It can take a bit of trial and error to find out if the seeds you have really work, but it can be worth the effort. Regrowing food can be the perfect way to stretch your grocery bill and enjoy a fun activity. Here are ten fruits and vegetables you can regrow in your home.

10. Celery

It may take months, but you can regrow celery. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

As with the rest of the veggies and fruits on this list, you are not going to be able to immediately grow another full celery plant from the remains of your starter plant. In order to grow another full-sized plant, or a close to full-sized plant, you will need to watch it grow roots or leaves indoors, and then transplant this plant to a garden outside.

It can then take months for the plant to grow to its full size again. This is just a heads up for those who may have been thinking they could skip their next trip to the grocery store with this list. Growing can take time. 

That being said, celery can be regrown relatively easily. Take a full stock of store-bought celery and cut the bottom off and save it. A few inches will do. Place this celery crown in a bowl with some warm water in the bottom. Have it sit in full sun. When new leaves grow, transplant your celery to an outdoor garden.

9. Lettuce

Place the bottom of your lettuce in a bowl with some water, and then simply wait for new roots to appear. Photo by Jef Wright on Unsplash

Place the bottom of your lettuce that you normally throw out in a bowl with some water. Let it sit in the sun. After a few days, new leaves and roots will appear. Transplant your new lettuce into a garden in soil.

8. Avocado

Regrowing avocados will take tootpicks, time, and patience. Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

If you live in a cooler climate, it may be difficult to get your avocado plant to produce new fruit, but it can be fun to try. Take the pit of an avocado and stick toothpicks into it, and suspend the pit over a jar of water with enough liquid in it to cover the bottom of the seed. Place it in a warm location but not direct sun. Wait for roots to appear- this can take weeks. When the new stem reaches six inches, cut it to three inches. When leaves appear, replant the seed in the soil with about half of it above ground.

7. Ginger

Drop ginger right into the soil and wait for it to regrow. Photo by Don Shin on Unsplash

Place your ginger in soil with the buds facing up. That’s it! In time new shoots and roots will appear. Enjoy.

6. Pineapple

You can regrow pineapple by cutting off the top. Photo by Julien Pianetti on Unsplash

Cut the top off of your pineapple, place it over a container filled with water, and suspended with toothpicks. Put it in direct sunlight. The water should touch the base of the plant. Once roots grow, transplant it to the soil. Keep it inside if you live in a cool climate.

5. Onions

Put onion roots in the soil and your garden will flourish. Photo by Lars Blankers on Unsplash

Place the root of the onion in potting soil and place it in the sun. For green onions, place the root in a container of water. Watch it grow!

4. Garlic

All you need is one clove to make garlic regrow. Photo by team voyas on Unsplash

Plant one clove of garlic in potting soil with the roots facing down. Give it lots of sun, preferably outdoors. Once new shoots grow, cut them back and your plant will grow a bulb. Enjoy and repeat.

3. Pumpkin

Pumpkin seeds have been known to survive the winter. Photo by Marius Ciocirlan on Unsplash

This one is particularly fun. You can plant just a few seeds, or once you are done with your Halloween pumpkin, fill it with soil and plant the entire thing in the garden. It is a bit of a gamble, but pumpkin seeds have been known to survive the winter and come up as pumpkins next season. Wait and see what happens. 

2. Peppers

Regrowing peppers is easy, just save the seeds. Photo by Gabriel Ghnassia on Unsplash

Save the seeds and place them in the soil in direct sunlight. Water and watch them grow.

1. Cabbage

Cabbage is very easy to regrow. Photo by Isara Somboon on Unsplash

Cabbage acts the same as lettuce. Follow the instructions above and revel in your own new cabbage patch.

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