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Has anyone else replanted food from the store?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

I just bought some lettuce with a rootball. Would this go in some molasses or coconut sugar-water by a window and make more food? (Or ideally with some organic fertilizer?)

http://i.imgur.com/0h2yiIK.jpg

Do any of you do something similar with scallions?

Real food is awesome!

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on May 18, 2013
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I'm trying scallions and they are growing like gangbusters.

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on May 17, 2013
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If it wasn't an heirloom variety, I'm not surprised. Planting seeds out of a hybrid usually doesn't work well. :) Though last year I did plant heirloom seeds but it just wasn't a good growing season for melons here. My supposed-to-be 40 pound Orangeglo watermelons stayed tiny, though delicious.

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Going to pick up some plant food tomorrow for the little guy. (girl?)

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I wish I had a yard! I have ample sunlight in this 1bd Las Vegas apartment.

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on May 17, 2013
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If you buy organic, you can do this with most vegetables that have a visible root or are roots themselves - bok choi, lettuce, celery, beet tops, broccoli, potatoes (they grow from peels in my compost), garlic, fennel, leeks, ginger, and more. Conventionally grown plants are sprayed with growth inhibitors to keep them from sprouting on the store shelves - gross!

You don't need to start them in anything other than water. For this kind of growing, the point isn't really to have a whole hydroponics set-up, it is mainly to start new plants to grow in soil (soil minerals are much richer and more varied than those in hydroponic solutions) or to grow micro-greens on your windowsill. If you put it in sugar water you will probably end up with fungusy slime water and a jacked-up plant. When starting any plants it is important not to introduce fungus via too many nutrients - fertilization comes in a little later in the life of the plant.

This is a really fantastic way of getting food for free if you have the time/patience. I clip scallions from a mason jar on my kitchen window every morning! Eventually, however, I suggest your new starts should go into soil, either in a garden or in a pot. TRY IT!!! you will be amazed!

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:44 PM

I'm trying scallions and they are growing like gangbusters.

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on May 17, 2013
at 02:10 PM

I did an experiment with white potatoes. Took a store bought one and a farmers market one and placed in water. The one from the store never grew. The one from the farmers market did. Many store potatoes are sprayed with something that keeps them from growing.

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on May 17, 2013
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I replanted watermelon seeds but all I got were duds.

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on May 17, 2013
at 02:00 PM

If it wasn't an heirloom variety, I'm not surprised. Planting seeds out of a hybrid usually doesn't work well. :) Though last year I did plant heirloom seeds but it just wasn't a good growing season for melons here. My supposed-to-be 40 pound Orangeglo watermelons stayed tiny, though delicious.

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on May 17, 2013
at 08:21 AM

I haven't tried putting a rootball in water, hydroponics is a fascinating field though. I absolutely would replant it in some earth outside the kitchen door and keep it watered. Lettuce especially is great for turning into a "cut and come again" resource that way. I haven't tried scallions (spring onions here in the uk). I will now though!

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on May 17, 2013
at 08:27 AM

I wish I had a yard! I have ample sunlight in this 1bd Las Vegas apartment.

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