Re-growing Romaine Lettuce

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Since we discovered the Olive Garden salad dressing at Sam’s Club my family has gone through a LOT of romaine lettuce. $8-12 a week on lettuce isn’t THAT much, but we are trying to keep our costs as low as possible.

I saw a pin pin Pinterest showing how to re-grow the romaine stumps that are left after you cut the usable lettuce off. I put the stumps in a container with about 1/2″ of water in the bottom, and changed the water daily. Not only did it seem too good to be true, it seemed like a recipe for a moldy container sitting on my countertop.  To my shock – it worked!

Within a few days there were little sprouts of lettuce shooting up, and within a week there was enough to harvest. The re-growth is basically tiny baby leaves of lettuce, but it is edible lettuce nonetheless.

romaineblogThis certainly won’t replace buying lettuce, but it will definitely supplement our supply, and I plan to have several containers growing.

Just a note – I did NOT expose this to any sunlight. The container sat in my window-less kitchen, and the lettuce still grew!

I have read that you can also do this with the stump of celery too, but we aren’t big celery eaters.  Have you regrown any produce in your home?


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