How to Grow Plants from their Roots


Growing plants from their roots is a great way to save money on your garden, since you can use parts of plants that would otherwise be thrown away. It’s also a fun experiment and an opportunity to learn about growing things. So let’s start with the basics: what kinds of plants can you grow from their roots?

Learn which plants you can grow from their roots.

You can grow many plants from their roots, but not all. Some plants only grow from seeds, and some only grow from leaves. Some plants will even grow from their stems or flowers! The trick is learning which ones can be grown in this way.

If you’ve got some time on your hands and want to experiment with growing plants from their roots, go ahead and try it out!

Make sure the root will regrow.

Some plants can’t regrow from their roots. For example, if you have a cutting of rosemary, it will grow into more plants by putting out new stems from the tips of its branches. But if you cut off its roots and try to plant them in soil, they won’t survive.

Other plants have roots that do grow back when they are cut into pieces and planted in soil. For example, if you put one rhizome (the thick base) of ginger in your pot with some soil and water it regularly, out of that rhizome will come several new shoots that can be used as new planting material for next year’s garden!

Cut the roots apart.

You can either cut the roots into very small pieces, or simply dig the root up in a clump. The key here is that each piece should have at least one bud on it (the white part at the tip of each root).

You may want to cut your plant’s roots into multiple pieces. If you do this, make sure that each piece has a bud. The pieces should be at least half an inch long and 1/3 of an inch wide.

Plant the root pieces in pots or directly outside.

Planting the roots is easy. If you have a pot, fill it with soil and plant the root pieces in it. If you’re planting directly in the ground, dig a hole two inches deep and as wide as your fist. Place one inch of soil on top of the root piece, then cover that with more soil, then water it well!

Planting seeds works too—you just need to be more careful about watering them so that they don’t dry out. For this reason, I recommend starting with very small plants such as carrots or radishes before moving onto larger plants like tomatoes or squash.

Keep track of your plants as they grow.

Keeping track of your plants is an important part of growing them. As they grow, you’ll be able to see how much they’ve changed and the different stages they go through.

  • Write down when you planted them, how much water you gave them, and how large they are now. You can use a journal or just write it down on a piece of paper.
  • Take pictures of them with your phone. Take video too if possible! This will help you remember what they looked like at each stage so that as time goes by and things change—which they will—you’re able to tell who’s doing well and who’s not doing so hot anymore.

You can grow things from all kinds of parts, not just seeds!

Who knew that you could grow plants from all kinds of parts, not just seeds? You can actually grow roots, leaves, stems and even fruit!

Plants from the Roots: Root cuttings are the simplest way to propagate a plant. It’s like cutting off an extra piece of hair that grows out at the bottom of your head. When you put it in water, it will start growing roots within a few weeks.

Plants from Leaves: Leaf cuttings are more complicated but also more rewarding than root cuttings because you get more than one plant per leaf cutting! The trick here is to use healthy leaves (no wilting) and dip them into rooting hormone before putting them into soil or water. If they are kept moist and warm, they should start growing roots within a week or two.


We hope that this post has helped you understand how to grow plants from their roots. Not only is it a fun experiment, but it’s also a great way to save money and give your garden the nutrients it needs! If you’ve tried growing plants from their roots before, we’d love for you to share your experiences with us in the comments section below.

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