Regrowing Green Onions and Leeks: Two Ways
Did you know that you could regrow green onions and leeks bought from the supermarket or local farmers market? Surprisingly, very few people know this, even though it’s one of the oldest and easiest tricks in the gardening book.
Regrowing green onions and leeks from cuttings is not only incredibly easy, it’s also very economical, as you rarely use up the entire bunch you bought from the supermarket in the first place. The best part is, there are two great ways to regrow them, based on your preferences.
Growing in Water
The easiest way to regrow green onions and leeks is in water. Simply cut off the root end of a bunch of green onions or leeks about one or two inches, making sure that the bulbs and root fibers are intact. Let them stand in a small container root side down (a mason jar is ideal for this purpose), and fill with water until the water line barely clears the tops of the cuttings.
Place your container in a sunny but cool are like your kitchen window sill, and watch as your kitchen discards miraculously come to life!
Growing in Soil
Regrowing green onions and leeks in soil is slightly more difficult, but it yields healthier and hardier regrowth compared to using the water method. As described earlier, cut off the root end of a bunch of green onions or leeks about one or two inches, making sure that the bulbs and root fibers are intact. Plant them in a well-prepared garden plot or even a medium sized terra cotta container.
Plant them deep enough so only the very tops of the cutting poke through the soil. Water regularly and the cuttings will regrow themselves up to four or five more cuttings before they need to be discarded permanently.