Regrowing lettuce from a stem is a fun way to use kitchen scraps.If you love growing things and fun kitchen experiments, here’s an experiment for you – regrowing romaine lettuce from the stem.
Unlike regrowing green onions which will leave you with a steady supply of green onions, regrowing romaine won’t fulfill your lettuce needs. It is, however, really cool!
Next time you have a full head of romaine lettuce give it a try.
Step By Step Instructions for Regrowing Lettuce from a Stem
- Eat your purchased lettuce, cutting the leaves at about 1 inch from the bottom.
- Place remaining stem in a shallow dish of water (about 1/2 inch).
- Place on a window sill or under grow lights.
- Change water in bowl every 1 to 2 days.
- Watch your lettuce grow. It is truly remarkable how quickly the new shoots start. You’ll also notice that roots will start to grow on the bottom.
- After 10-12 days, your lettuce is going to be as big as it will likely ever get. No, it’s not going to be a full head of lettuce, it’ll be just enough to top a sandwich or make a small salad. But how cool is that!
- If you leave your lettuce beyond this point, it will become spindly and bitter as it attempts to produce seed. It won’t be pleasant to eat at this point. You’ll know it has reached this point when the leaves start turning a blue green color and/or the main stalk shoots up and leaves become less dense. Trust me, eat it when it’s like the photo below.
Here’s a photo journey
Here’s the thing, results will vary! I’ve tried growing lettuce from the fridge at least a dozen times by now. Not every lettuce will work work perfectly. Sometimes it won’t grow at all, sometimes it will bolt (go to seed) very quickly and other times it will grow for a few days and then wither away. So, if the first lettuce you try doesn’t work, don’t give up – try again. Really, what have you got to lose?
In conclusion, don’t regrow romaine lettuce stems from your fridge to fill your salad bowl. Do it for fun, for topping a sandwich and to become more acquainted with the food you eat. When there are fun and interesting things going on in your kitchen, you’re more likely to enjoy being there.
Here’s a complete list of all posts on regrowing food from the fridge:
Other posts on regrowing kitchen scraps including my earlier, less successful attempts:
I’d love to hear how your regrowing adventures go. Drop me a line and let me know!
Getty Stewart is an engaging speaker and writer providing tasty recipes, time-saving tips, and helpful kitchen ideas to make home cooking easy and enjoyable. She is a Professional Home Economist, author of Manitoba’s best-selling Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Founder of Fruit Share, mom and veggie gardener.