• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Starting Plants from Kitchen Discards – Seeds

Keep your green thumbs busy starting new plants from kitchen scraps. 

Kitchen scrap gardening is about the fun and challenge of starting new plants from dinner discards.  It is not about growing the most productive plants.  Anytime we collect seeds from hybrids the offspring will usually look and taste different than the parent.

I always look at climate where the original plant grew when deciding how to sprout its seeds. If the plants are native to cold climates, the seed probably needed a cold treatment to sprout. Plants native to tropical areas do not.

You may want to start with seeds from apples, pears or cherries.  Collect and clean the seed. Place in moist vermiculite or damp peat moss inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 months. Or plant the seeds directly outdoors in fall. Chilled seeds can be started indoors in spring and transplants moved outdoors once the danger of frost has passed.

A bit more information:  Or go topical and try seeds from avocado, oranges, lemons and other fruit native to warmer parts of the world. Skip the chill and plant in a moist well-drained potting mix.  Or try growing potatoes that sprouted in the pantry or the tops of sweet potatoes.  Check out my other related tips Kitchen Scrap Gardening and Growing New Plants from Kitchen Scraps.

Upcoming Live Events
& Webinars


Feb. 28, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Create a Beautiful Landscape Free of Invasive Plants in Wisconsin Gardens
Register now

Feb. 29, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Plan Your Rain Garden
Register now

March 6, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Growing Summer Bulbs in Containers
Register now

March 13, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Hydrangea Selection, Pruning & Care
Register now

March 14, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Select Rain Garden Plants
Register now


March 20, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Maximize the Beauty and Enjoyment
in Any Small Space
Register now

March 23, 2024

REALTORS Home & Garden Show
West Allis, WI

March 27, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Start a Garden for Beginners
Register now

April 10, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Container Gardening Throughout the Year
Register now

April 11, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

7 Steps to Managing Water Where it Falls in Your Yard
Register now

April 20, 2024
Pasquesi Home & Gardens
The Why and How of Pruning Hydrangeas and Other Shrubs
Lake Bluff, IL

WATCH ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to win Longfield Gardens bulbs valued at $157.00 !

ENTER NOW