How to Re-Grow Store Bought Vegetables

by Merissa on February 6, 2013

in Featured, Frugal Living Tips

How to Re-Grow Store Vegetables - Little House Living

 I really do wish I could have a garden, but alas-I don't have much of a green thumb. I do try to purchase local produce as often as I can, but sometimes going to the store is the only option. Produce is typically what takes up so much of our grocery bill so trying to stretch that budget out can sometimes be a challenge. That's where a bit of research comes in!

I had heard a while back about re-growing vegetables indoors. Sounded simple enough, so after looking up some techniques-I gave it a try.


Green onions were my first experiment. SUCCESS! It's so easy I could squeal! Just use up your green onions to the white bulbs, then place them in a jar with water (enough to cover the bulb) on a window sill. That's it! You'll forever have green onions, as long as you keep fresh water in it! I was amazed at this, so I decided to check out some other ways to stretch those veggies.

Celery and Bok Choy  can be re-grown the same way. Just place the end nub in a bowl of water. Once it begins to grow roots/leaves (about 7-10 days) plant in soil.

Pineapple is pretty simple as well. Cut off the top green part with about 1 inch of fruit still attached. Place the fruit end in soil at water. This of course typically works best in warmer climates, that aren't prone to harsh winters.

By taking one clove from your garlic bulb and placing it in soil, you can produce another full bulb! This too works with shallots!

This new found love of re-growing vegetables indoors is seriously addicting. I love knowing that I can save a few dollars each trip by 're-using" what I already have!

*Don't forget about those seeds either! Pumpkin seeds are GREAT to plant and get a great harvest!

Find other great ways to save money on Little House Living!

Have you ever re-grown any veggies or fruits? Which ones?




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1 Kendra February 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

Pineapple?! WOW – this I have to try!


2 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I know right? It’s pretty crazy!


3 Lois Fitzgerald January 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Pineapple makes a pretty plant and in time it will make a fruit. Protect it in the winter or it will freeze. Lost mine this year. but it was pretty .


4 ronda woodall February 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

growing pineapple from cut off top work…I have done it 3 times


5 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Really? Good to know it works well!


6 Mike Winfrey March 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

I tried pineapple once and it didn’t work. I threw it away feeling disappointed. So, what could be the problem?


7 Wendy February 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

I tried re-growing celery. Didn’t work very well. It was really bitter. Turns out celery has to be blanched (repeated covering with dirt) while growing to prevent it from getting bitter.


8 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I hadn’t heard about that. Thanks for sharing!


9 Bill Petersen February 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

Celery contains a couple of natural toxins. see
It is probably best to blanch the celery, and use it as part of a diet with a wide range of fruits and vegetables.


10 Jen January 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

Celery should be covered around the sides so it doesn’t get too much light. That will help keep it pale colored and better tasting. Only the tops need plenty of light. But be sure it gets enough air that it doesn’t mold inside the covering.


11 Marsha February 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I am trying romaine lettuce right now. I saw it on pinterest and was a little curious. Great post!


12 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I’d love to know how it goes!


13 Lois Fitzgerald January 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

I tried Romaine and didn’t protect it and the squirrels ate it LOL
Got to try again soon.


14 Ashlee February 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I subscribe to your blog via email, I saw this article and was very excited to learn this. I live in a highrise, can’t wait to give it a go, thanks so much!


15 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Ahhh! This would be perfect for you! Let us know how your adventure goes!


16 jimmy February 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

You mentioned pineapple needs to be done in warmer climates. I thought all of these were done inside, so I am unclear why it matters where you live. I am reading this right, or are these meant to be put outside?


17 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Sorry, I should have been more clear! The ones where you put in soil, you can also put outside. With the pineapple, if planting outside, it would be best to be in a climate that doesn’t get too cold.


18 Rose February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I have a question please… If I cut the onions all the way to the white bulb leaving maybe 1/4 left with the roots, will this work? and what will grow out of that green or white again? Just wondering…thanks so much for yor site!



19 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm

They will be green! Sounds crazy I know, but it seriously works! The picture above is my set that had been clipped about 3-4 times already!


20 Saboin March 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

I grow all of these indoors. My onions have lasted forever with weekly trimmings to garnish meals. I blanch my bok Choy, celery and leeks by adding dirt to the pots as they grow. I also have pineapple, but that’s more of an experiment for the kids because it will take years to fruit. We’ve gotten a half dozen new pineapple leaves in the last six months; it is grown near the heater and gets plenty of water. I also keep an herb garden on the hearth of my fireplace, where it gets ample sunlight. You can also cut of the bottom of regular onion and place the roots in water for a week. Replant it in dirt and onions will grow.


21 Cindy Swan March 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

fun stuff, will be trying some. Look forward to newsletter.


22 Deb October 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I just planted a celery base tonight – gotta go get it and start it in water first. I thought you could just stick it in the ground. I’ve gotten green cabbage started from the core, but haven’t successfully gotten a head of cabbage – yet. With the green onions, are you just growing them for the green tops? I consider that stuff “garnish” and hardly worth growing. (Sorry to the fans of garnish) I would want to grow the green onions for the bulbs. Can that be done with say about 1/4″ of the bulb with roots attached? I will be trying to plant cloves of garlic and shallots. That seems to be an easy project. THANKS for this!


23 JoAnn October 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I bought a bunch of green onions 2 years ago. I cut the root ends off (about 3/4 inch) and stuck them in a large planter. They have been growing there ever since. They are in an unheated greenhouse year around. I do cover them loosely with a sheet of bubble wrap for extra insulation in the winter and they do get sun year around.


24 Shannon October 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

Looking forward to your tips and tricks!


25 Melanie October 17, 2013 at 12:57 am

Always makes me laugh about the Green Salad Onions, we tend to eat the bulb and chuck the green leaves away in the UK!!


26 Shelly October 17, 2013 at 2:03 am

How long does it take for garlic to grow and how do you know when it’s ready? What kind of soil should you use? Thanks!


27 Kay October 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

Romaine lettuce works great. I have one growing now that needs to be potted or planted in the garden for a few more weeks of growth, hopefully it won’t snow for a while. I did find that organic romaine grows, regular will not. I’m not sure if they spray it with something or what, but it just rots in the water. Leave 2 inches of the end and I trim a very thin bit off the root end and place in a shallow bowl in non direct light.


28 Cindy January 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

The possible reason that the regualar Romaine will not grow for you is the GMO factor. GMO products will not multiply and GMO products are prevalant in regular grocery stores. Heirloom produce and grain will reproduce. Thus sustainable.
GMO’s were produced and marketed claiming to be more disease resistant and produce more, and while they do, the molecular structure has been altered which are causing health problems in people and animals, food allergies or intolorence and disease etc.. The other situation GMO’s create is a monopoly in the market from farming on down to consumers.
hope this wasn’t information overload.


29 Setsuka July 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm

I looked up what you said about the cause being GMOs, but I couldn’t find any reliable resources confirming it. However, some non-organic produce is sprayed with chemicals to prevent regrowth.

Hybrid varieties of plants won’t come true-to-seed if you plant the seeds, but they come true as cuttings, and GMOs are different from hybrids. A non-hybrid GMO will come true-to-seed unless it’s bred not to produce seed. That said, there’s still a monopoly there, since companies can sue growers who save the seeds of patented varieties and sell/give away/etc. the seeds or the second-generation plants. It’s complicated and, of course, frustrating to growers who want to save seed but also want certain qualities from a GMO variety (such as uniformity or resistance to a certain pest).

But in any case, being genetically-modified thankfully shouldn’t have an effect on lettuce regrowing.

P.S. I hope I didn’t get too rambly or off-topic, haha.


30 Michaelann Dahlman January 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I remember in 1992, it was the very first time as an adult, that I lived in a place other than an apartment & actually had a small yard & garden. I picked up a lot of seeds from the dollar store to try out & one of the things we tried growing was pumpkins. I had a large garden bed full of beautiful green leafy plants, but no fruit. And the seed packets had absolutely no information aside from spacing, etc. So I phoned up my mother who grew up on a farm & asked for her advice. She asked if we had lots of bees around & I said that no, I hadn’t seen any. So she told me to take a male flower & pollinate the female flowers myself. ROFL!! Turned out that in the entire patch, not a single male flower!


31 Susan Burd February 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Make sure when planting garlic you use only bulbs/cloves grown for home gardening. The garlic you buy in the store to eat are of different hybrids and may not fair well when replanted.


32 Mea August 31, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I put some store bought garlic cloves in the fridge and leave them there until they start to sprout then plant them. I put them in pots outside for the winter (Wisconsin winters!) and they start to grow first thing in the spring. The first year they grow they only get to about pearl onion size but if you pull them out of the ground, let them dry over the summer, and replant them the next year for the winter they get bigger. They are very easy to grow. If you don’t want to wait so long you can snip off the leaves and use them in things that don’t need a lot of cooking (like an omelette or a chip dip) and pull up the entire plant at the end of summer to use.


33 Carrie March 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Has anyone here tried to plant horseradish or ginger from roots that you buy? I have wanted to try, but as of yet, have not done it…


34 Marci June 26, 2014 at 10:10 am

Oh, thanks for that reminder! Been wanting to do ginger that way! Think I’ll do that TODAY!


35 Jenny M May 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

My green onions are growing great! Don’t they need soil though for nutrients? That was my only concern.


36 williamC August 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

It works with lots of different veggies – I even have started romaine lettuce(just use the bottom where the plant was cut, in water til it starts to sprout then move to soil. Carrots work well too,just cut off the end with the green attached and go directly into the soil. Potatoes and yams work well if you just cut off the “eye” with a little piece of the flesh attached and plant directly into the ground (this is what family farmers did for generations). This also works for ginger.


37 Donna H October 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I have a small yard so I plant my garden in straw bales in the summer and do the green onions and some herbs inside in pots ans water in the cooler months. I will put a little soil from the composted hay bales in with my plants I grow in the water such as the green onions because I worry they don’t get enough nutrients from just plain water. I just started trying to grow an avacodo pit and am going to retry the pineapple.


38 iris April 23, 2015 at 10:40 am

Just wanted to say “hi” to all you city “farmgirls” I am going to live my dream May 15,2015 I am signing my contract on my 6 acre farm n Webster , Fl . Population 850 !!!!!
I LOVED all the postings of starting with seeds from your own store bought veggies. HAVE to buy heirloom for the plant to look like the “mom n dad” plant. ….. and no… I’m a city girl “growing up” to be a farmgirl . EXCITED!!!
Soooo wish me luck!


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