8 Herbs & Vegetables You Can Easily Regrow In Water To Beat Quarantine Boredom

If you’ve been dreaming of building a garden but don’t know where to start, look no more, because this article will teach you on how to grow plants with minimum effort.

Some herbs and vegetables can re-grow without soil, which is good for those who have no space to grow their own food. All you need is water, and you will have your own organic vegetable garden at essentially no cost!

Plus, this will also be a great way to cool down your house from the scorching Malaysian heat, especially when you relax in your garden while drinking a refreshing wintermelon juice 🙂

1. Bok Choy / Chinese Cabbage

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Bok Choy a.k.a. Bok Choi or Chinese cabbage is a green vegetable widely consumed in many Asian countries.

To regrow again, simply cut off leaves at the bottom of the stalks and cut the base of the stem. Place them in a small bowl of water, and you’ll see the results within a few days!

2. Celery

Celery is a herb that’s loved by many, especially for its natural medicinal qualities. What’s more, it also makes a great healthy snacking option.

Simply cut the stalks down to about 2 to 3 inches tall. Place base of plant and small roots into a shallow bowl with a small amount of water. A new small stalk will begin to grow from the center in 3 to 4 days.

3. Garlic Sprout

Everyone knows that garlic works wonders in elevating any dishes. However, have you ever tasted the sprouts?

Homegrown garlic sprouts add great flavour to omelette, noodles, salad, stir-fry, and more, so you should definitely consider experimenting with it.

To make it grow, find a garlic clove with green sprout and keep it in a glass. Fill the water up to the level of clove. Within a few days, you’ll be enjoying fresh garlic sprouts.  

4. Spring Onions/Scallions

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Scallions have a milder taste than most onions, and they’re good either raw or cooked. Growing them in water is super easy, too.

Cut the green part off and place the white stalk (with roots intact) into a bowl of water. The stalk will regrow the green section that you cut off. 

5. Mint

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Mint is not only a great addition to tea and food dishes, but it also has great soothing properties through its scent, which releases mood-determining hormones into the body. 

Choose a thick, healthy stem and cut it from the bump where the leaves shoot from. Remove all but the top leaves. Stick a few cuttings into a glass jar with about one inch of water.

Keep out of direct sunlight and change the water everyday.

6. Basil

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You don’t have to buy this herb at the grocery store to maintain a continuous supply.

Simply place the basil stems with leaf nodes in a glass of water and put them in a sunny spot. Once you’ve got pairs of leaves at the top of your plant in a few tiers, pinch off leaves directly above a pair.

This will cause two new shoots to grow, creating more leaves, and a bushier plant. Replace the water about every week or two.

7. Lemongrass

Get the lemongrass stalks and keep them in water in a bright spot that receives some sun. Change the water every day, and watch as new leaves begin growing almost immediately.

The roots will start emerging after a week, while the stalk eventually divides itself after a few weeks. You can either use it or transplant that in pot.

8. Lettuce

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Lettuce taste best when fresh! To regrow, simply remove the bottom of the head and place it in a small bowl of water. Results will begin to show from the center in about 3 days, and you’ll have a new half-head of lettuce in about 2 weeks.

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