Update: cuttings

I've got a couple of things to update you on. First, I recently put some lettuce cuttings into water after reading that you could regrow lettuce this way.


I'm pleased to report that this actually works, and that I'm growing new lettuce!


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Unfortunately, it's quite slow-growing, and very small:


To get a quantity worth eating, I'd have to have quite a large head -- or possibly several -- sitting in water, and I just don't have the space for buckets in my kitchen window.

The cilantro cuttings though...


...although obviously needing some nutrients, have definitely grown roots:


This is the most exciting discovery to me! I'll pot these up soon so they can start turning green and adding new growth.

Every time I brush against these leaves I get reminded of warmer days. Sigh.


The Dracaena cuttings that I put into water at the end of November are still growing roots:


They've finally started producing new growth at the tops too!


I'm not sure why they seem to be curving downward...


...but I assume they'll grow out of that and I'm excited to see something happening in this area finally! I think more nutrients will help, but I don't want to fertilize too heavily until it's closer to spring.

Although not every cutting is moving at the same pace, some of them are more ambitious than others:


This one will make a great plant, as it will eventually form three separate stems!

The key with all of these cuttings seems to be patience, something that starts wearing thin as winter drags on but the days get longer.

Now I just have to get my one cat to stop drinking the water out of the cutting's bucket...

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Maywyn Studio  – (January 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM)  

Wow! Thank you for the tip.
I have a perfect sunny window for greens available all the time. No waste lettuce. I'll try kale as well.

scottweberpdx  – (January 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM)  

I really need to grow Cilantro...I love it...and it's so much better when it's fresh!

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