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How to Re-grow Vegetables From Cuttings

According to a study as per an article in The Atlantic, single-family households in Toronto discard about 275 kilograms of food waste per year. Food waste is becoming a serious problem that has been contributing to global warming, which is one of the reasons as to why Urban Cultivator came to be.

With this in mind, it's important to make the most out of your produce—which is where vegetable cuttings come in. If you haven't done this before, now is a good of a time as ever. Here's how to grow some of your favorite vegetables out of their cuttings.


- Place leftover lettuce leaves in a bowl with a bit of water in the bottom
- Keep bowl somewhere that gets good sunlight
- Mist leaves with water a couple of times each week
- Once roots appear along with new leaves, transplant in soil


- Cut off bottom/base of celery and lay in a bowl with a bit of warm water in the bottom
- Keep bowl in direct sunlight
- When leaves thicken and grow along base, transplant your celery in soil

Green onions

- Take green onion roots and put them in a glass with enough water to cover them
- Change water every few days
- In about a week's time, you will have new green onion


- Take seed and wash it thoroughly
- Use toothpicks to suspend the seed over water in a bowl/jar, with enough water to fill bowl/jar to cover bottom inch of seed
- Keep bowl/jar in a warm place but not in direct sunlight
- Check the water every day and add more as needed
- Once stem and roots appear and stem reaches ~6 inches, cut it down to 3 inches
- When leaves appear, plant the seed in soil (but leave half of the seed above ground)


- Plant a piece of ginger root in potting soil and make sure buds are facing up
- Once new shoots/roots appear, it's ready to use


- Use a piece of garlic and plant it with the roots facing down in potting soil
- Keep the pot in direct sunlight and in a warm place
- Once new shoots appear, cut the shoots back and wait for bulb (which is when it's ready to use)


- Keep an inch of the base of your fennel and place in a container with a cup of water; leave in direct sunlight
- Once roots grow and new greens hoots appear from center of the base, transplant your new fennel


- Keep a basil stem (~4 inches) and place in glass of water with the leaves above the waterline
- Leave glass in a bright area (but avoid direct sunlight)
- Once roots are a couple of inches in length, transplant in soil


- Keep a few stems of cilantro and place bottom of stem in a glass of water; leave the glass in a bright area
- Once roots reach a few inches in length, transplant in soil


- Keep tops of turnip and place in a jar of water
- Once new green tops appear, transplant in soil
*This method works for all root vegetables, including beets and parsnips

Regrowing vegetables from scraps are a great way to get the most mileage out of your groceries, and a great starting point to combating global warming.

The Urban Cultivator appliance is another excellent method in lowering your food waste and reducing your carbon footprint. Since you only harvest what you need at any given time, you are able to minimize spoilage. Plus, with a wide variety of seeds to choose from, you'll be able to feel good about your culinary adventures.

What's your favorite vegetable to regrow? Let us know in the comments section!

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9 Responses for "How to Re-grow Vegetables From Cuttings"

  1. Pen My Paper says:

    Hey thank you for this PSA. Sometimes we just get our priorities wrong. Can’t understand why the concept of growing again from scraps doesn’t get accepted widely. Perhaps with this article can be a trendsetter. As for a vegetable that I would regrow I love onions!

  2. Lisa Kumar says:

    Hey I am having trouble transplanting them to the soil once they sprout. Every time I switch them over to soil they die. What am I doing wrong?

  3. Rodney R Fernandez says:

    I am a high school Science teacher. I have built a greenhouse to teach students the "art" of propagating plants. I am going to guide my students to experiment with growing vegetables from scraps. We must start thinking and preparing forward!

  4. Sharon Swetnam says:

    My dad loves growing tomatoes from seeds (he dries the seeds, then plants them in compost the next year under glass). I love the large strawberries you get from supermarkets so thought I would try the same technique with the seeds on the outsides of strawberries near the leaves. I dried them on paper, then planted them in potting compost under glass until seedlings arrived then repotted them. I got lots of leaves and off shoot plants and grew 2 strawberries for christmas day! They are not the 3 inch strawberries from the shops but are still producing 'free strawberries'.

  5. […] For veggies you’ll need some dirt and/or pots lying around, but no need to buy any special potting mix or fertiliser that you don’t already have. To get going check out Urban Cultivator’s guide here.  […]

  6. Jen says:

    useful info, thanks ... gonna give this a try ... suggestion: as i'm not a gardener, not sure what is meant by "buds" (knobby protrusions?), "root" (hairy end?) ... thanks again

  7. Palo Brea says:

    I love fennel bulb and would regrow it one day. I was wondering, I like to shred the bulb to make a small side dish or snack. Can I regrow from the the stalk cuttings that's left?

  8. Paulina says:

    I regrow onions (red brown and spring) carrots (great to add the greens to salads) parsnips kohlrabi and my favourite, leeks.
    I grow loads of lettuce in my garden so never get bases. But I have had limited success with potatoes and sweet potatoes

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