How to Re-Grow Scallions from Roots

How to Re-Grow Scallions from Roots

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This is going to be a short post. Because re-growing scallions at home is easy. It saves money, and it works in a pinch when you know you won’t be going to the store or harvesting more scallions soon.

I don’t need to make you read through tons of details or stories about how I discovered this method. You don’t need fancy equipment or any gardening know-how to do this.

You just need to remember not to cut your scallions all the way down to the roots!

Supplies for Re-growing Scallions:

  • A bunch of scallions (from the store or your garden) with their roots still intact.
  • A knife
  • A jar
  • Some cold water

Instructions for Re-Growing Scallions:

Cut scallions for use from the top down, leaving about 2 inches and the full root system.

Place that 2-inch piece with the roots into a glass jar and add about 1/2 inch of water (enough to cover the roots).

Place your jar in a sunny windowsill.

That’s it. Watch your scallion re-grow the green tops over about a week or two then use it and grow it again! We like to have 2 or 3 going at once so they get on a cycle of re-growth.

There will come a time when your roots and the bottom of your scallion just seem to old or slimy re-use. That’s your call. When it feels like you’ve used it enough (or you forget to leave a few inches and you use the whole thing) then it’s time to buy or harvest a new batch and start again.

HINT: the scallion roots can also be replanted in the garden to grow up again, especially if you think you’ve reached the last round of water re-growth.

You can also grow salad greens and sprouts inside; add your scallions, and you’ve got yourself a healthy garden salad right from your kitchen!

Re-growing scallions PIN
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Carrie Williams Howe
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Carrie Williams Howe is an educational leader by day and an aspiring homesteader by night and weekend. She lives on a small homestead in Vermont with her husband, two children, and a rambunctious border collie. She is a Founder and Editor of Homestead How-To and also blogs about her family's homestead life at The Happy Hive.


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