Instead of tossing it into the compost bin after preparing the cooking ingredients from store-bought green onions, regrow green onion from kitchen scraps in water and use a glass jar to have unlimited green onions whenever you need them.
The Difference Between Scallion, Green Onion, And Spring Onion
Scallion and green onion are the same thing. It depends on where it is available. The label might be says a scallion or green onion.
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Green onion or scallion with some short roots intact is the one we mostly see at the grocery store. The whole stalk is edible. It is fantastic for stir fry, soup or garnish.
The spring onion is similar one as the green onion. However, the spring onion is harvested before the bulb matures and turns into a full-size bulb. Therefore the spring onion is a green onion with a little bulb.
Spring onion is abundance sold at a farmer’s market in summer. It is a fantastic ingredient for salad, sandwiches, stir fry, or pickling.
Propagating Green Onion
There are three ways to grow green onion. Grow green onion from seed, from cutting, and from the bulb. All methods are easy to do.
The easiest one is growing it from cuttings, and you will get an abundance of green onion in just a week, even if there is not enough space for a garden.
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Regrow Green Onion Indoors
Since the easiest one to propagate green onion is from cuttings, you can grow it directly in the soil or a glass of water.
If there is no space for a garden, or if it is still snowy winter weather and the gardening season is still far away, regrow those store-bought green onions in water indoors.
Start by cutting the green onion stalk. Reserve about 2-4 inches of the bottom part with the root intact, and use the greens for cooking.
Put 1.5 inches of water in a glass or mason jar. Put the green onion cuttings in the water. Leave the top part above the water.
Put the glass jar on the kitchen countertop, windowsill, or table.
Change the water every two days, or add more water if it evaporates.
Within a few days, the cutting part will show new growth on the top.
The green onion will be ready for harvest within a week or less.
Harvesting Regrew Green Onion Indoors
Since it grows indoors, you can get green onion whenever needed. Start by snipping the green part off as much as you need, and let it grow more.
Keep checking the water level. It is normal if the water is turning a bit slimy.
Remove the slimy part of the green onion stalk. Replace the water, then put the green onion back in the water.
Can You Grow Green Onion In The Fridge
It is possible to regrow the green onion in water inside the fridge. However, based on my experience, the green part is pale and doesn’t have a strong flavour.
After one harvest, it is better to remove it from the fridge, change the water, and put the glass jar on the kitchen countertop or transplant it into the soil.
Benefit Of Regrowing Green Onion
Regrowing green onions in water is an easy gardening project and very rewarding.
Lots of benefits to doing so.
- Save on budget. Of course, it is the most important one. Add it to the grocery shopping list one time and regrow it in the water or soil as a container garden.
- Always have fresh green onion within reach whenever you need it.
- It can grow anywhere indoors as long as there is space for a glass jar.
- Low-care mini garden
- Easy to clean, as it is not growing on soil.
More Plants You Can Regrow In Water
- Propagating Lemongrass From Kitchen Scraps
- Rooting Tomato Plant From Cuttings
- Growing Celery From Grocery Produce