A friend was doing this really cool experiment (re) growing lettuce. Being a resourceful home school mama who has been wanting to add experiments to the site but doesn’t have enough hours in the day, I figured I would ask this super cool mama if she would share her experience with us. She said YES! (Channeling Jared Jewelers here.) Thanks for sharing, Cindy. We are going to try it at home….one of these days!
A few weeks ago, someone posted a cool link on Facebook about re-growing lettuce from that little bottom stump that’s left over after you make a salad. I thought, hey, why not give it a try? The only instruction was to put the stump in water, leave it on your counter and change the water every day. Easy peasy.
So I opened the fridge and grabbed a head of romaine and gave it a whack. I put the little stumpy piece in about a half inch of water and waited.
Funny, but I didn’t have to wait all that long! Within about 4 days, there was growth. Not a lot, but enough to want me to keep at it. I added another romaine stump to water. By Day 6, I had this:
I also added a stump from a head of Iceberg lettuce as well. A week later, here was the result:
Now it is two weeks later and the experiment has taken a few unexpected turns. The second sprouted romaine and the iceberg both stopped growing and had become rotten, so I threw them out. However, the original romaine is now ready for harvesting! I think the trick was that I cut two small slits in the bottom of that stump in the shape of an X. I think it helped get water up to the leaves easier.
It may not fill me up for lunch, but it will sure taste great on a sandwich!
This was a fun experiment that my family enjoyed seeing enfold. It made us all want to try putting other things in water to see if they would regrow.
We are now trying to regrow an avocado from a pit…
I’m not the only one in my family with fingers crossed for that last one.
Cindy Dudas is a work-at-home mom who started blogging as a way to get her feelings out there. She is a freelance writer currently writing for the Parental Guidance section of NJ.com and her own blog Whatever Works.