You need to know that vegetables are plants’ parts that have been removed and prepared for selling or personal consumption. The original plant from which the vegetables were harvested produces flowers and fruits but the vegetables are harvested before the flowers and fruits become fully mature. And this is what limits the availability of true seeds among local vegetable growers.
However, vegetables can also be grown from seeds and scraps just like any other plant. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to grow vegetables without seeds.
Can you grow a plant without seeds?
Growing plants from seeds are common that is the reason why some people who are new to gardening or farming assume that plants can only be grown from seeds. However, raising plants from seeds is one of the many ways to grow plants.
Not all plants grow from seeds. Some plants such as ferns and mosses grow from spores. While other plants grow asexually by cutting, grafting, layering, budding, and hybridization.
What vegetables can you plant without seeds?
There are wide varieties of vegetables that can be grown from scraps (without seeds). These vegetables include garlic, pumpkins, cabbage, celery, lettuce, onions, peppers, bean sprouts, potatoes, gingers, avocado, lemongrass, pineapple, turnips, Basil, fennel, and so on.
How can I grow vegetables without seeds?
There are different methods of growing vegetables from scraps. However, this totally depends on which type of vegetables you want to regrow from scraps.
For instance, cabbage, broccoli, and lettuce can simply be grown from scraps by placing the leftover leaves in a container containing a small amount of water. What you need is to place the base of cabbage or lettuce leaves in the water and locate the container in the direction of sunlight.
Then, water the scraps regularly preferably each day. After 3-4 days, you will begin to see young roots appearing alongside the new leaves. When you notice these roots, transfer the new plant to the garden plot for planting.
Ginger is also another very simple vegetable that regrows from scraps. Just place a good ginger root in a garden pot containing potting mix. Give the ginger root some days or a week. And after a week, you will begin to notice new young roots and shoots growing from the main ginger root.
Other good underground vegetables that can regrow from scraps are onions and garlic. If you want to grow onions from scraps, just cut the onion root off and leave about an inch of onion to the root.
Place the onion root in a potting mix and cover it firmly with soil. Locate the pot in the direction of sunlight. After some days or a week, you will start to notice new roots and leaves growing.
And if you want to regrow garlic from scraps, just plant 1-2 cloves (depending on the amount of garlic you want to cultivate) in potting soil. While planting the garlic cloves in the potting soil, ensure that the garlic roots are facing down in the soil.
Just like onions, garlic also likes sunlight and a warm environment. So, after planting the garlic cloves, place the potting mix or soil under the sun.
If you started seeing new shoots growing from the garlic cloves, cut the shoots and a garlic bulb will grow, which can also be replanted by taking some part from the bulb.
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Other easy-to-grow vegetables from scraps include potatoes, pumpkins, avocado, pineapple, and celery.
If you want to regrow potatoes from scraps, just find good potatoes’ peelings, which have gotten eyes on them. You need to cut the potato peelings into two inches pieces and make sure that there are at least 2-4 eyes on each peeling of potato.
Leave these potatoes peelings to dry overnight. The following day, plant them in the garden soil about 4-5 inches deep. Ensure that the eyes on the potatoes’ peelings are facing up while planting.
Pumpkins are also good vegetables, which can be cultivated from scraps. Just fill up the entire pumpkins with soil and water timely. After few days, seedlings will begin to grow. When you notice this, you can transplant each seedling to the garden soil for planting.
Peppers can also grow from leftovers. Just gather the leftovers or pepper scraps and dry them up under the sun. When they dry, collect the seeds and plant them in a potting mix. When the seeds grow into seedlings, you can transplant them into the garden. You can also plant them directly on the garden soil as peppers also prefer direct sunlight for optimal growth.
Celery can also be grown without seeds. Just like lettuce, cabbage, and onions. To regrow celery, cut off the bottom or base of a celery plant and place it in a container that contains a small amount of water. You need to place this container under direct sunlight and after few days or a week, the celery will begin to thicken and grow along the base of the celery. And when you notice this new growth, you can transplant the entire celery plant to the garden and plant.
How do carrots grow without seeds?
You can grow carrots from carrots’ tops. The whole carrots you bought from the market normally have their top leafy parts intact. You can use these tops to regrow new carrot plants. Just place about an inch of carrot top in a bowl with a small amount of water.
Ensure that the cut side is facing down while the top halfway covered by water. Bring out the bowl and place it in the direction of the sun from time to time. You need to also change the water timely. After some days, you will start to notice new shoots growing. Transfer the new plant to potting soil or garden soil.
Should I soak my pumpkin seeds before planting?
Seeds need water for faster germination. If you want pumpkins to germinate quickly, soak the seeds in hot water for an hour before you plant them.
How long does pumpkin take to grow from seeds?
Pumpkins can usually take 90 to 100 days to mature. However, the plant can also take up to 120 days.
In this article, I looked at how to grow vegetables without seeds. I hope you will find the article helpful. Let me know if you have any questions.
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