Did you know that “spoiled” plants can be re-born in the garden?
Read on to discover more foods that should be planted, not tossed, when they begin to sprout because of age.
If your fresh garlic has been sitting on the counter so long it’s beginning to sprout, carefully separate all the cloves, but don’t peel them. You’ll want the paper-like skin in tact for planting. Find a sunny spot with well-draining soil and plant each clove with pointy tip or green sprout facing up, about one inch below the surface.
2. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes put out a slightly different kind of “eye” than regular potatoes, called “slips.” When you see it start to form, you can do one of two things: encourage growth by cutting a few inches off the bottom of the potato and inserting toothpicks at one-inch intervals an inch up from the cut bottom. Immerse the cut end into a jar filled with water and wait for more roots to grow. Or, simply cut off the section that’s sprouted and plant it in the soil. The result will be a long, rambling vine with heart-shaped, lime green leaves.
If you have a piece of ginger root that’s starting to shrivel and dry out, bury it about one-half inch deep in moist potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Soon, it will produce palm-like leaves and eventually more edible ginger root below the soil!
There are two popular statements about sprouted onions floating around the internet. One says, “You cannot eat onions that have sprouted; they are rotten,” and the other says ”If you plant a sprouted onion, it will produce flowers (which you can then harvest for seeds to plant next year), but it will not produce an onion bulb that you can eat.” This isn’t necessarily true, however, as blogger Anktangle has successfully grown new onions from sprouted ones for several years. Check out her site to see how she does it! (It’s SUPER simple.)
Is the top of your overripe pineapple getting dry? Don’t toss it! Remove a few of the bottom leaves until you have a small stump. After letting it air dry for two days, place the pineapple top over a jar of water, immersing the stump. Place in a warm location like a window sill and keep jar filled while roots form. It could take one to two months. After rooting, plant the pineapple in potting soil. “The result will be a lovely plant with striking sword-shaped leaves that may eventually produce flowers that bear small pineapple fruit,” explains Community Table.