Plant a seed from your kitchen, cheap and easy!
You can experiment with a lot of exotic fruits or vegetables you bought to eat and which contain seeds.
It’s usually pretty easy and certainly cheaper than a plant or seed bought in a store.
Kids can have a lot of fun with it and learn something about how a seed becomes a real plant. They might even want to take care of “their” plant and water it.
It is also the ideal way to start if you lack a green thumb: it does not matter if the plant dies, you had it for free. So you can try as many times as you want until you get the hang of it.
Or perhaps you are a student and have no budget for house plants.
So pen that refrigerator or kitchen cabinet and grab a fruit to get started!
What you can get from it:
- it’s fun
- it’s cheap
- some species will actually produce fruit next year
- you can experiment, like grow an avocado as a bonsai
What you can’t get from it:
- fruit and veggies are usually hybrids. This means their offspring does not necessarily look or taste like the fruit you started from.
- it might take years for a plant to start flowering and form fruit
Starting to grow plants from the food you’ve eaten might be addictive.
Very soon you will find yourself fishing avocado “nuts” out of the trash bin.
Room mates and family will start to nag about your plants “lying around everywhere” coz you’ll start with a windowsill full of baby avocado’s and lemon trees and they will overflow to other available rooms: living room, bedroom, office…
You will want to know more about your plants, start reading, experiment with even more plants and end up writing plant blogs. How do you think I got here?
Plants to experiment with:
- Bread fruit
- Chinese yam
- Elephant’s ear or taro
- Finger lime
- Golden kiwi
- Green kiwi
- Jack fruit
- Kaffir lime
- Lemon grass
- Passion fruit
- Pear melon
- Star fruit
- Sugar cane
- Sweet potato
- Avocado in self-irrigating pot: Own work