Posted by Mary Andrews / February 28, 2012
How To: Regrowing Bok Choy
Tim was cooking in the kitchen as he usually does and sliced the bottom of a Bok Choy off and asked, "Can we grow Bok Choy like we did celery?" Of course after surprisingly being able to regenerate onions and celery from their cut bases, I said, "why not, let's try it!"
Because Bok Choy is so similar to celery in shape and since we'd be pitching its base in the compost bin already, we figured we had nothing to lose by trying — and as you can see, we sure are glad we did!
Just like the celery growing tutorial, we simply chopped the Bok Choy we'd be using for dinner from the base and placed it face up in a small bowl of warm water to sit.
Even more quickly than the celery, the Bok Choy began regenerating itself from the center of the base virtually overnight. This particular Bok Choy was over a few weeks old and still regrew itself like magic. In over a week's time, our Bok Choy is still in the bowl of water and already looks like this:
It's that simple, and that amazing.
We'll soon transfer this newly growing Bok Choy over to a container of its own to continue growing in soil. Tim has just the recipe in mind for this little guy from when we both took a two week vegan challenge and made this Stir Fried Bok Choy with Mizuna.
Since it's the first time we've tried regenerating plants like these, we're not sure how many times over it works, though being able to save 2-3 purchases over time is worth it enough for us!
Projects like these are also a great way to teach children in a fast way how plants and food can grow. If any of you have had luck regenerating other vegetables in a similar way, let us know since we are having too much fun giving them a whirl!
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P.P.S. A few folks have been asking after the progress of our avocado pit plants — we'll pop in with an update on them later in the week!