Lettuce Grow It Again

Think of it as recycling only better since you can keep eating fresh food for the price of one.  Buy some organic lettuce, eat the leaves and re-grow the bottoms for more greens.  Here are some crops you can re-grow from cuttings with little effort and a good yield.

  • Lettuce/Bok Choy/Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Onions/Leek/Green Onion
  • Garlic
  • Potato/Sweet Potato
  • Ginger

Today we are focusing on lettuce and celery because it has proven to be the easiest and/or quickest to re-grow.

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Simple steps to re-grow you lettuce and celery:

  1. Cut off the bottom 1.5 to 2 inches and eat the tops.
  2. Place the cut bottom in a shallow bowl of water.  Water level should be up to lower portion where roots can begin to develop.
  3. Add water when plant has consumed it or change water if it loses clarity.
  4. If outer leaves become brown and soft (like lettuce above), just peel off brown leaves and adjust water level lower to only come in contact with area that will form roots.
  5. Once leaves start to appear in the center you can plant it in a container, raised bed, ground or let it grow in the bowl, your choice.

Here is a good demonstration how the re-grow process works for lettuce:

Video credit: Learn to Grow

Stay tuned for more how-to grow from cuttings of the other crops on the easy list.

Happy re-growing – GreenUp! Guy

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