As you finish chowing down on a tasty piece of fruit or veg, you may wonder about whether the seeds or core could be used again to grow your own plant from it. Well in many cases you can! Of course, some of the things we eat are not grown in the British climate, but some can be grown indoors or can be grown outside during the summer. Others may produce a plant that doesn’t produce fruit, or perhaps not the same fruit, because of how it’s been bred. You may have to do a little reading on the plant you choose, but it is loads of fun to take scraps that were headed for the bin and create a whole new plant from them. And, of course, if you do grow a productive plant then you can save lots of money down the road!
Do remember, patience is a virtue when it comes to growing pips. It can take some time to get right, and then a while for them to grow enough to start producing fruits.
Here are my tips and ways to grow different fruits and veg from pips and stones.
Collect pips and stones from fresh fruit and making sure you remove any flesh that is left on the stone.
Prepare where you will put the plants. They grow much better in pots than anything else, and will need to be on a bright windowsill, in a warm room once they have germinated. They can go outside, or in a greenhouse, in the hotter summer months but will definitely need to be inside from around September to May.
Avocado plants are great to grow and who can resist those delicious fruits. Because the stones are grown on top of a cup, this is a great way to show kids the way plants grow and develop as you can fully see the roots.
The plant can go outside when it’s warm, but it’s important to bring inside as soon as the temperature drops. While it’s unlikely your avocado plant will produce fruit, it’s a great plant to grow from a stone, and it’s exciting for kids to learn about plants!
The pips from citrus fruits can grow great plants. Sow several seeds into a pot, if the seeds are fresh they’ll grow into seedlings fairly quickly. They need a warm environment to grow, so will need to be brought inside for most of the year.
Before you throw out those kitchen scraps, try to grow them! The tops of carrots and pineapples can be planted and grown quite easily!
Carrot tops, along with other root crops like turnips grow really well, and quite quickly so present a great opportunity for kids to get involved.
The tops of pineapples can be planted and grown again. Remove some of the lower leaves and trim off the outer part of the pineapple top until you see little brown bumps, the root buds. Leave the top to dry for a few days before planting.
- Once dried, plant the top directly into soil up to the base of its leaves. I’d start by planting in a pot so you can move it around.
- At first, choose a bright spot for the pot, but at first, avoid direct light if possible
- Use a good quality soil mix and water thoroughly
- Keep the soil moist until the roots develop, this should take about two months to establish
- Pineapples grow slowly, so be patient and keep the plant away from frosts throughout its life
What plants will you try to grow from a pip or a stone? Or have you tried any before? I’d love to hear your stories! Just leave a comment below.