Everybody knows that some plants can be grown from cuttings, but food? Why does that seem different? For some reason, I see food as an end product. And the only way to get more food is from planting a seed. No seeds, no new tomatoes. Right? Well, that’s not entirely true.
Several food items can be grown from pieces of themselves. Yams are detailed in a previous post. But there are others, and they’re just as eager to become new plants as yams are.
To successfully root cuttings, make sure to follow these tips:
- take cuttings from young stems
- keep at least four sets of leaves on the stem
- tear off the bottom two or three sets of leaves, leaving the top leaves
- place the cutting in a bottle of aspirin water OR plant the cutting in good potting soil and water with aspirin water
- wait until the cuttings grow roots and replant
If you’ve grown roots from cuttings in water, then make sure to keep the soil you’ve planted in extra moist for a while, until the new plant grows stronger roots to go searching for water (they’re used to water being readily available).
Here are a few edibles that will do well with cuttings:
- ONIONS – this is such a no-brainer, that I’m embarrassed to say it surprised me to find this out. Since they already have roots at the bottom, just slice off the root and plant in soil. A new onion plant will grow from it. Works best for green onions – never buy them again.
- CELERY – similar to the onion, slice an inch from the bottom and plant.
- PINEAPPLE – instead of cutting the bottom of the pineapple, cut the top and root that. You’ll have a lovely houseplant for a while and then it will make another pineapple.
- HERBS – many herb plants will grow from cuttings, including basil and parsley.
Branch out and try rooting some different veggies in your kitchen.