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Growing vegetables from peelings !!

by Christophe » 07/05/14, 10:13

To repel vegetables! It sounds surreal and yet. It is quite possible to remake a vegetable from a simple peel. Of course, there is the art and the way, besides the vegetable "mother" must be healthy enough and "beautiful" so that the vegetable "child" is also of good quality. Here is a small list of vegetables that leave with a simple peel or a "fall":

• Leeks, and fennel

The idea is to start from what should normally end up in garbage: the white "root" part. By positioning the root in a glass container with a bottom of water and a good brightness, the green part should start to grow again.
Tip, it is possible to keep leeks, fennel and fresh onions longer, by plunging the white part into the water.
However, care must be taken to change the water at least 2 times a week, or even every week depending on its color.

• Celery, cabbage (and Chinese cabbage) as well as Roman

On the same principle as leeks and fennel, simply put the bottom part of these vegetables in a container with water so as to plunge the roots into it. Attention, it is necessary to sprinkle the leaves regularly because otherwise they would be dehydrated. New small roots should begin to regrow after a few days. After 3 weeks, when small leaves begin to regrow, it is time to transplant the "root" in the ground. Note that the water stage is not essential, it is quite possible to directly replant the lower part of the vegetable in the soil, while taking care to keep a very wet soil.


Nothing is easier than planting ginger. Just plant a small piece in the ground, water it and small buds should appear quickly. Be careful however, ginger is a plant that likes heat and humidity. When small leaves grow, wait a few days, then uproot everything: here is a new piece of ginger. And then just start the process again, to have another root of this delicious flavor. Little more, ginger is a pretty houseplant!


Those who make compost may already have realized, the potato is reborn from its peelings. If you can take a sprouted potato to replant and rebuild other crops, the same applies to the peel (if it is also sprouted). With a whole potato: take an apple of sprouted earth and cut it into 4 taking care to have at least one germ on each piece. Leave these pieces in the open air and room temperature for a day or two. This "rest time" prevents the pieces from rotting in the ground. Before replanting, ensure that the soil is rich (compost is ideal for potato plantations) .Place each piece in a hole about 20 cms and cover only half. As soon as the leaves come out, bring the soil around, to solidify the growth. With a skin, here is the process in pictures (link is external)

• Garlic

Just let a clove of garlic sprout and replant it, sprouting down. Thus, the plant will take root and produce a new head of garlic! The advantage of garlic is that it is self-sufficient, just like ginger. With a clove of garlic, it is possible to remake a complete head systematically.

• Fresh onions

Cut the base of the onion, taking care to leave 2-3 cms above the roots and place this piece on the soil (wet), cover it with soil and let nature work.
Beware, the onions like warm and wet soils, in winter, they grow very well in indoor pots by offering a good sunshine.

• Lawyer

This is not the skin but the core .. Clean it well and dry it for at least 2 3 days. Plant 3 toothpick around the kernel (without pushing too hard either). Place the core in a glass filled with water, so that the curved part is in the open air and the "flat" part in the water.

After two weeks, the kernel will cut in two and a week later (so 3 in total), a root will appear, then it will be time to put the kernel in the ground (root in the small hole that leave the top of the core in the air). We must keep the toothpicks so as not to damage the core. After 2 weeks the first leaves should appear

• The Jerusalem artichoke

The peelings of the Jerusalem artichoke are very perennial and give new life to the plant. Just transplant them like potato peels.

• Lemongrass

This aromatic plant can grow on its own, if the end is immersed in water. When the roots are visible, just replant the small shoot to reborn again.

•The carrot

Just hold the end with the fane and immerse the orange part in a shallow container of water. The tops will continue to grow and the carrot will be ready to be replanted.


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by Janic » 07/05/14, 10:28

very interesting, even if the term peel is poorly adapted in this case, it is more parts of the plant than peelings and it is valid for most plants elsewhere.
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by Christophe » 07/05/14, 11:21

Yes, let's say kitchen waste then :)
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by Did67 » 07/05/14, 12:08

There is everything in the list

For bulbs (onions, shallots, garlic), the use of "small bulbs" or bulbils (garlic) is the normal mode of propagation.

For other plants, these are the "little ones" that we used for this purpose: in family production, we always kept the little potatoes as seed for the following year ... But indeed, a "eye" also works, provided that it has not been treated with "" anti-germinatives "(which is unfortunately, in spring, almost always the case, otherwise, the pdt would be germinated in their bag)

For other vegetables, in fact, a "tip" is sufficient. Ginger, sweet potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc ... (these are rhizomes or tubers).

Now with carrots I wish good luck. Before having 3 rows in your garden with just "heads", part of which may rot, you will have to be patient, eat a lot of carrots ... It is so easy to sow them!

For the lawyers, I never understood the blow of the 3 matches and all the clanging: I put the pit in the ground, the "point" upwards; and in general, it comes out - it can take time (dormancy of the stone so that it does not germinate in the fruit) ... And not to wait, in our climates, for a production! One or two green plants will do!
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