Growing Lettuce from A Core

Well, it’s Independence Day and what better information can I give you than to share one way to be independent from your local grocery store? See the parallel…..? Independence Day….independence from the grocery store? Get it? Ok, moving on.

Last weekend I gave this a try and had some success and figured I’d share what I did with you all.

Growing lettuce from a core is a simple process and has only a few steps to it. First, you’ll need to gather your items:

Next, the simple process:

Make a shallow hole to plant your lettuce core.

Plant your core in the hole and fill in around the core.

Water well and wait for them to grow!

If you do this project, I would love to hear about your experiences, especially if you do end up trying this with store-bought lettuce. I have only used lettuce from the nearby farmer’s market, and while I have no idea if they use pesticides or anything that would hinder regrowth, I have heard that store boughts have both strikes against them.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely Independence Day!

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  1. says

    I knew I was wasting something every time I threw out a lettuce core. Thanks for sharing this simple fact, it’s wonderful! ….. now, where’s that moldy head of lettuce? …….

  2. says

    ROFL–I know–you wouldn’t think it was even something that could be used, huh?

    Honestly, I never thought about it until I heard it can be done!

    Hey–btw, have you been to the local farmer’s market? It’s awesome!

  3. says

    Sorry I didn’t see this sooner… I haven’t been to the farmer’s markets yet. I wish I could be they always fall on a night I’m occupied with regular meetings I need to be at… ahhh, maybe someday. :)


  4. says

    Yes, Elaine, I’ve since heard that.

    I’ve also heard that if you grow your own, all you need do (for all of them) is to cut off the “fruit” or edible part of these plants and leave the core/roots in the ground and it will grow back. Such great ideas people have!

  5. says

    Wow, Cosima, I missed your comment entirely!

    I know what you mean about it being on a weird day, that’s my problem too. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?

  6. says

    I found this post by searching for “can you plant lettuce cores and grow them”, because my husband and I have been throwing them out into our garden area all winter to compost. Then this spring we saw that a few were growing! Could have knocked us over with a feather! We buy all organic, and we go through a lot of lettuce, so now one part of our garden has been turned into a lettuce patch. I’m just tickled to have stumbled on your website though, great content and pictures, thank you!

  7. says

    Hey there, thanks for your comment and your visit! Glad you found my blog. :)

    It’s always awesome when we find something we can do with your trash that actually benefits us such a great way. I’ve also heard you can do this with celery and onions–did you know that? I haven’t tried that.

    This particular lettuce that sprouted eventually died before it got big, and I’m not sure what went wrong. It could be that I used non-organic lettuce (maybe), but I’m not sure about that. Even still, so many people use this method that I figured I’d leave it up in case anyone else would like to try.

  8. Joanna says

    I have done this a few times but never got a full head of lettuce. It grows tall and straggly. Then flower buds come:/ I do it a little different so I’ll try your way.

  9. says

    Hi Joanna!

    Tall and scraggly with flower buds means that it might be too hot for your lettuce to grow. You might be able to get better success during your cooler months….or you could go ahead and let it flower and seed and collect the seeds if you are growing from an organic lettuce core. :)

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