Regrowing plants from food scraps

BY CLAIRE HUANG

Did you know that food scraps such as carrot tops and avocado pits can be regrown into new flourishing plants? Well look no further! 

Below is a selection of three gardening projects that can be easily done from the comfort of your own kitchen and the best thing is? Everything you need is already there.


1. Carrot tops

The green leafy part of the carrot can be used for several things such as sautéed or made into a pesto. To grow these, carrot tops can be cut off and placed in a bowl. Fill the bowl with 2-3 cm of water and put it in a sunny spot such as on a windowsill. The water should be refilled when it gets low. After a few days, new shoots should start growing. Eventually these can also be transferred into some soil. This easy project, being low maintenance, is a great one to begin with.

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2. Avocado

To grow an avocado plant, simply remove the pit from the fruit and give it a good wash. Then make sure the pointy end faces up and the flatter side faces down. Grab yourself 3 toothpicks and push them into middle of the pit at about a 30-degree angle. This should fit nicely into a cup filled with water. Place it in a sunny spot and water should be refilled when it gets low. It may take a few weeks for the plant to sprout but before you know it, you’ll have a gorgeous avocado plant with deep broad leaves to brighten up your day. :)

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3. Bok Choy

This popular Asian vegetable surprisingly can also be regrown! When cutting the vegetable, chop off the base and make sure it's kept intact. Then place it at the bottom of a bowl and fill it up with water until it covers the entire base - but do not over fill it. It is important to replace the water every few days and after a week, the Bok Choy should start growing from the centre outwards. Later, it can be potted into soil and the plant will be fully grown at around 5 months.


There are many more types of fruit and veggies that can be regrown from food scraps including spring onions, pineapples and even mushrooms. This website is useful for getting started!

Hopefully this has inspired you to have a go at regrowing your own food scraps instead of throwing them out. Plus, you might learn a new thing or two about the power of plants.