Want an easy an inexpensive way to get fresh produce from ones you already have? Try propagating! It is a simple way to have fresh produce at hand and it saves money from your grocery bill! Several types of plants are frequently propagated by cuttings. Many of us may have done a science experiment in elementary school where we cut a potato, put the potato in water, gave it some time, and voila! Roots, stems, and leaves started to grow.
The easiest plants to propagate with cuttings are green onions. In the picture above, the tops were cut – leaving about 2 inches from the base of the plant – and put in water for about a week and a half. These were left on the counter with afternoon west sunlight exposure.
Some other vegetables that are easily grown from cuttings include: lettuce, cabbage, other leafy vegetables, celery, onions, leeks, garlic, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets and other root crops, mint, basil, and other herbs. Recent success with propagating green leaf lettuce in water then planting in soil has gotten such excitement! We have also had success with cuttings from pineapples that we brought back from Hawaii. (It was difficult to keep because of the hot and dry climate, but it grew!) So instead of throwing out those scraps of veggies, try putting the cuttings in water and regrow! It will save you money, will save you a trip to the grocery store, and is really cool to do!
In this article, you can find information on re-growing vegetables from scraps:
Click here for more specifics on propagating plants: Plant Propagation