I’ve pinned a ton of tips and ideas from Pinterest, but here’s one that I actually got around to trying.
When I saw that you could regrow green onions (also known as scallions) from their leftover stubs, I had to pin it. I love green onions, but I find that I don’t get around to using the whole bunch before they dry up and go bad. Even if a bunch only costs $0.50, I just don’t like waste in any form.
All you need are the last bits of green onions with the roots…
Place them in a vessel and fill with water.
And a week later, you get this. Amazing, isn’t it?? I gotta say… that definitely, does NOT suck.
The clippings actually start growing back in a few hours. It’s kind of unsettling how quickly it grows back, if you choose to think about it in a horror-film sort of way. See that shoot on the far left? That was growth from 9PM the night before to 8AM the next day.
Here’s what I learned in my science experiment:
- You only need about a minimum of 1/2″ clipping of the very, very white part of the stem.
- Warm or cold water is irrelevant. I think.
- Sun is not necessary for regrowth. I kept the glass on my counter in the dark kitchen for a day and they were still sprouting new shoots. As for keeping them more than a day or two in darkness… well, I dunno. I moved my glass to the sunroom after Day 2.
- The water does get a bit cloudy after Day 3 or 4, so it’s best to keep on it and change it periodically, if not everyday.
- Further research makes me understand that this process cannot be repeated indefinitely without repercussions. Eventually (and I don’t know this from first hand experimenting), the stems dry up and don’t regrow anymore. To avoid this, you’ll need to plant the stubs in soil, which will give you green onions forever. I guess, I’ll be doing a little gardening soon!
I played with the stub of some bok choy and that seems to be sprouting some new growth, too! This photo is from Day 2 or 3… I can’t quite remember. After Day 7, I don’t have an entirely new stalk yet, but the leaves have gotten taller and there’s a nice yellow flower in the center!
I have read that you can also regrow celery and romaine lettuce in this fashion. I’m excited to try them all!
Have you tried this tip? What sort of results have you gotten?