Re-grow your salad

 

instead of throwing them away you can plant them into soil and they’re sprouting again

that's the thing we need

first cut it out from the leaves

then cut a little from the edge but not too much

then cut it into a cube-similar - cut as less leaves and material away as possible but leaves do get moldy and then the whole heart will get moldy too and die

put it in wet soil so that just the tip looks out

put on a plastic cup or something similar to get a high humidity around the sprouting meristem

put the pot to a warm location and wait after a few days - 2 weeks the new plant will sprout

 

 

This is via passion4plants  , who also adds to the lovely photo tutorial:

  1. first cut it out from the leaves
  2. then cut a little from the edge but not too much
  3. then cut it into a cube-similar – cut as less leaves and material away as possible but leaves do get moldy and then the whole heart will get moldy too and die
  4. put it in wet soil so that just the tip looks out
  5. put on a plastic cup or something similar to get a high humidity around the sprouting meristem – don’t forget to give it fresh air here and there like every 2-3 days
  6. put the pot to a warm location and wait
  7. after a few days – 2 weeks the new plant will sprout

 

enjoy your new growing salad plants 🙂
I’ve tried it and it works with iceberg salad, romaine lettuce, butterhead, lollo rosso salad actually with every lettuce/salad with a heart

The nice thing about this is you only need a windowsill (or something near a window ). Even though you’re obviously not going to get high yield and put a major dent in your grocery bill just with this, I feel like it helps my mood to have something edible growing. If you have kids, it’s also a great science activity and if you can’t have any other type of garden space, it’s nice to give kids an opportunity to see how food grows.

One thought on “Re-grow your salad

  1. As a person who grew up in a rural area with a *huge* garden, my dad could never get lettuce to really ‘take’ in the garden – ever.

    I’d bet that he hadn’t tried this, however.

    I am going to try this…maybe I will have successful lettuce this year.

    Thanks for sharing.

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