Regrowing Lettuce on My Kitchen Counter!

Inspired by the hometalk blog post about easy things to regrow I went a little crazy and basically every single one of my drinking cups is now holding a vegetable part! So far my greatest success is my lettuce which has been regrowing for about a month and a half and is beautiful. Basically you just cut off the bottoms of the lettuce and stick the root in a cup of water. Shockingly (at least to me who has never grown anything in her life) that flat bottom of the lettuce is a root. Don't have so much water in the cup that the leaves are in it other wise they will rot and change the water every day. That's pretty much it..... So simple!! Please excuse the rediculous amount of pictures in this post. These plants are basically my babies and I, their proud mama. You will also see guest appearances of my other babies; the leeks, and the scallions.
This was about two days after I put it in the water - already starting to pop up in the middle!
5 days after planting!
Two weeks!
Three weeks!
A month :)))
A month and a week
Today and still growing! The best part is you can just pluck leaves off to eat as it grows and it will just grow new ones to replace it. I may plant it in dirt to help it grow sturdier but it seems to be doing fine without the dirt even. Watching it grow was awesome it starts from the middle and then he middle leaves open up to make room for more leaves to grow in the middle and so on!
Some of my other babies :)
Nava Gross Beginsky
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  • Susan Peterson Susan Peterson on Jun 20, 2017
    Was the "original" vegetable store bought or from your garden? I was wondering if this is possible with store bought produce. ?????

  • Mariann Eiring Mariann Eiring on Jul 31, 2017
    Great way to continue to enjoy these vegetables!

  • Tor1480975 Tor1480975 on Aug 05, 2017
    I tried this and the lettuce grew to about 1.5" after a month and then started to rot. I also changed to water everyday but was unsuccessful. Anyone have any suggestion?

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  • Theresa Shelton Theresa Shelton on May 23, 2020

    Green onions grow great like this also. Just cut tops off and use the roots. They are fast growing and love growing in water. Cut tips as needed for seasonings.

    • Delia Torres Delia Torres on Feb 15, 2023

      If you see that your tips are turning slightly yellow or light brown cut the tips off, helps with growth

      always changed water. Don’t let the water smell like onions. That means they are about to go bad and get slimy.

  • Roni Lochli Roni Lochli on May 11, 2022

    Yes this sounds great with all the high gas prices that affect everything!