About a month ago I needed green onions for a recipe. I’ve seen a lifehack on pinterest that said you can stick the roots in water and it will keep regrowing. AKA infinite green onions!
Sound too good to be true? Of course. It’s Pinterest. It’s on the internet. It’s also the reason why WE are here.
I have to admit I’ve been on a plant kick lately. I have a pot of parsley growing in my living room and I have a pot of basil that is just starting to sprout. They’re my babies. We can’t have pets in my apartment so it’s the best I can get.
The Good: Practically overnight the onions sprouted. They actually got so long that I kept having to cut the top ends off. I didn’t really need more green onions but kept them growing just in case. Smaller leaves started to sprout forth from the green onions I already cut.
The Bad: The original pins make it sound like the same onion keeps regrowing. That’s false. It keeps regrowing smaller sprouts. Each are thinner than the next. I would let them grow but they didn’t get much thicker. Instead they started to wilt under the weight. After about a month one of the roots had completely rotted. The rest were on their way to rotting too.
The Smelly: There was no real smell at first, but these are plants. Eventually they die and then they rot. They didn’t LOOK bad but I started to realize that the odor filling my apartment was from the onions. Eventually I just had to pitch them.
The Conclusion: It’s a great tip if you need a lot of onions in about a week or two timeframe, but they are plants. Plants WILL eventually die and rot.
|B||Price of green onions, what a dollar?||Ongoing|
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|Change the water every few days.|
|It works, but only a few times. Each regrow will be thinner than the next. It’s a great way to make the green onions you buy last longer but eventually they do rot and smell. Regardless of the outcome, I had fun with this. I liked seeing how much they grew overnight. This might be something fun to show your kids.|