Growing Romaine Lettuce From Cuttings

Updated on June 18, 2018
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Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.

Romaine lettuce is one of those vegetables that can be easily regrown from cuttings. All that is needed is the bottom of a stalk of lettuce to allow the root system to spread. Romaine lettuce is a convenient plant to buy for the garden, and one of those edible greens that thrives in a container. It is quite easy to grow lettuce from seedlings, but for those who want little fuss, it is entirely possible to just buy the lettuce at the grocery store to be regrown.

Step 1: Buy the Lettuce

Buy romaine lettuce. The size and shape of romaine lettuce makes it a good candidate for beginner gardeners to replant.

Romaine lettuce can be bought at your local grocery store.
Romaine lettuce can be bought at your local grocery store. | Source

Step 2: Cut Off the Bottoms

Cut off the bottom of the lettuce bunch. Not too short, but long enough to plant without difficulty. Do as many stalks of romaine lettuce as you wish.

Cut the bottom off of the lettuce stalk. Not too short, but long enough to be planted.
Cut the bottom off of the lettuce stalk. Not too short, but long enough to be planted. | Source

Step 3: Soak the Bottoms

Place bottoms into water. It is best to soak the bottom overnight to hydrate. Some gardeners soak bottoms for three days before planting.

Soak the bottom of lettuce overnight to hydrate. Do not submerge, only the very bottom needs to soak.
Soak the bottom of lettuce overnight to hydrate. Do not submerge, only the very bottom needs to soak. | Source
After one day of soaking, the bottoms begin to sprout.
After one day of soaking, the bottoms begin to sprout. | Source
After three days of soaking.
After three days of soaking. | Source
Each bottom has sprouted, and each one will become a new stalk of Romaine Lettuce.
Each bottom has sprouted, and each one will become a new stalk of Romaine Lettuce. | Source

Step 4: Plant the Bottoms

Place bottoms into the dirt. The soil should be rich to promote growth. For these pictures, I placed the pot in a sunny spot, but lettuce grows best planted in the shade. If lettuce is placed in a container, move the container to a shady spot. If planted in the ground, choose a shaded area.

Place bottoms into the dirt.
Place bottoms into the dirt. | Source
For this picture, I placed the pot in a sunny spot, but lettuce does best planted in the shade.
For this picture, I placed the pot in a sunny spot, but lettuce does best planted in the shade. | Source

Step 5: Water and Cover

Water the lettuce and cover it with mulch to retain moisture. Dried leaves or plain straw will also work. Lettuce requires a good amount of water, so it best to place this vegetable into a pot or cover with mulch. Damp soil also keeps plants from drying out and retains the tasty flavor of the leaves.

Water the lettuce after planting and cover with mulch.
Water the lettuce after planting and cover with mulch. | Source
Lettuce is a leafy plant that requires a lot of water, so it is an ideal vegetable to plant in a container to control water usage. However, romaine lettuce will thrive in the ground as well.
Lettuce is a leafy plant that requires a lot of water, so it is an ideal vegetable to plant in a container to control water usage. However, romaine lettuce will thrive in the ground as well. | Source
Twelve days after planting, the lettuce leaves have become bigger!
Twelve days after planting, the lettuce leaves have become bigger! | Source

That’s it! Regrown romaine lettuce is as simple as that. Enjoy!

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        Tony Kerney 

        5 weeks ago

        Awesome! My favorite go to lettuce. I love this site!!!

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

        My Mom might love this. Thank you for sharing!!!

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