Skip the seed-starting process by saving the lettuce cutting and regrow lettuce from kitchen scraps to get a new plant ready to harvest.
Regrow Lettuce Indoors
Keep the lettuce bottom cutting when making a salad. The cutting is a whole plant that you can grow again.
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Romain or loose leaf lettuce can regrow easily with this method. That butter lettuce sold in a container with its root still attached is a whole new plant to regrow again.
Preparing Lettuce Cutting To Grow In The Water
Use a clean glass bowl, mason jar, measuring cup, repurposed yogurt cup, or any clean container with about 2″ water. Use distilled water, filter water, or tap water.
Cut the bottom end of the lettuce about 4″ long.
Use the leaves for salad, and put the bottom end cutting in the glass-filled water. The lettuce cutting needs to be about 2″ in the water.
Put the lettuce cutting in a warm area, like a kitchen countertop.
Keep checking the water level and add more water if it evaporates.
Remove the old lettuce growth if it looks slimy, rinse it, and put it back in the glass-filled water.
If the water turns yellow and slimy, inspect the lettuce cutting for signs of rot. If it is still good, change the water. If there is a chance the lettuce cutting is rotting, toss it into compost and start over again with the new lettuce cuttings.
Within a week, there would be some root forming. Keep checking the water level and condition.
Once the root starts growing, a new leaf will emerge. If you keep it for another week, the leaf will be a good size for salad, or you can transplant the new lettuce plant into the soil.
Any indoor plants will need a hardening-off process to get them ready to grow in the outdoor environment.
How Long Does It Take To Regrow Lettuce
Growing lettuce from cutting will take around two to three weeks to get into the desirable size of leaf to harvest. Since it starts from a mature plant, getting your first harvest is faster than growing it from seed.
This growing method will give you the advantage of trying to grow multiple lettuce varieties quickly to fill the garden’s space if you have some gaps between plants.
How Many Times Can You Regrow Lettuce
Lettuce is one of many cold-hardy vegetables. The plant can tolerate cold spring or fall season weather. Lettuce will require a cool day and night to grow tasty leaves.
Lettuce will tend to bolt once the day gets warmer or a long summer day. The leaf will have a bitter taste and somewhat chewy.
Regrowing lettuce from cutting can only be done once as it is forced to grow on its second cycle and will get bolt faster.
Harvest the leaves individually by pulling off the older leaves to extend the harvest.
Transplanting Regrow Lettuce In Soil
Once the lettuce cutting has root growing, transplant it to the soil as an indoor plant and outdoors straight in the garden or as a container vegetable garden.
Transplanting Lettuce Cutting in The Garden
If transplanting them straight in the garden, prepare the soil by mixing compost or aged manure. Carefully put the rooted lettuce plant on the soil, with the root about a few inches below the soil surface.
Lettuce needs consistent watering. Water the soil around the lettuce base if the soil dries down to an inch deep.
Transplanting Lettuce Cutting As a Container Garden
If you plan to transplant the lettuce cutting in a container, prepare a 6″ container with drained holes to grow a maximum of two plants for each container.
Prepare the soil and mix it with compost or aged manure. Carefully put the rooted lettuce plant on the soil, with the root about a few inches below the soil surface.
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The plant will continue growing new leaves for harvest until it bolts. If the weather is warmer or has long daylight, the lettuce grown from cutting will get bolt faster.
When it starts flowering, the leaf will start bitter and chewy. Then, it is time to remove the whole plant, put it in the compost bin, or feed it to earthworms or farm animals.
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