How to Regrow Plants from Your Kitchen Scraps

regrow plants kitchen scraps

About a week and a half ago, I posted about my experiments in regrowing vegetables and fruits from kitchen scraps. It’s been such a fun project and so easy! My celery plant has been growing beautifully. I basically put it in a shallow bowl of water and waited for it to sprout from the center. It only took a couple of days for it to start to regrow, and then I planted it in a pot in my backyard. Here’s a picture of my celery about a week after I planted:

regrow plants kitchen scraps

My pineapple plant, on the other hand, isn’t growing nearly as fast as the celery. I still have it soaking in water in my kitchen in a sunny spot, and I change out the water every couple of days. Hopefully within the next few weeks it will start to grow roots so I can plant it in a pot/ground. I’ve read that pineapple isn’t the easiest of regrowth projects and can be finicky, so crossing fingers I will be able to successfully grow some pineapple roots!

My regrowing project for this week is sweet potato. A friend of mine gave me a sweet potato from her kitchen that had started to grow sprouts.

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sprouting sweet potato

I read a few blog posts about regrowing sweet potatoes and here’s generally what I’ve learned. First, cut the sweet potato in half. Then position tooth picks in the middle of the sweet potato halves and place them in glasses. Fill the glasses with water so that half of the sweet potato is under water and half is out. Then you just have to wait until little sprouts begin to grow from the top. When your sprouts reach about 4 to 5 inches, you need to twist them off of the sweet potato carefully and soak them in water to form roots. Here’s my sweet potato experiment so far:

regrow plants kitchen scraps
sweet potato regrow experiment

Also, I made some soup today, and one of the ingredients called for was green onions (scallions). I read that scallions can be regrown as well. So I’ve got my green onion ends soaking in a glass of water as well. From what I understand, the onions will continue to grow from the top, and you can cut bits of onion as needed in the kitchen. I’ll post an update again in a few weeks to show you how these other regrow projects are progressing and hopefully start yet another regrow project!

regrow plants kitchen scraps
spring green onions

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Have you ever tried to regrow plants from kitchen scraps? How did it go?

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