Growing Plants from Kitchen Scraps

Growing Plants from Kitchen Scraps

Looking to jump start your garden? There are a number of vegetables and fruits we have in our kitchens that can be used for...
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Looking to jump start your garden? There are a number of vegetables and fruits we have in our kitchens that can be used for fun and easy growing experiments. All of these plants can be grown in your kitchen window and make awesome time lapses.



To grow an avocado, all you need is a seed, a cup of water and some toothpicks. Peel off the brown skin of the seed and stick three toothpicks in its sides so that it can balance on the top of a glass of water. Make sure the pointy end of the seed is facing down in the water. Every few days top up your water. After about a few weeks roots will start to appear and eventually a baby tree will start growing out the top. Fora detailed tutorial on growing an avocado tree from scratch check out this video.



To grow citrus plants like pomelo or oranges you will need to remove the outer shell of the seeds. By peeling off the outer layer, your seeds will germinate quicker. Take the seeds and put them in a damp paper towel. The towel should be damp, NOT sopping wet. You can put the wrapped seeds inside a Ziploc bag. Make sure they are in a warm environment, room temperature is fine. Check your seeds every 2-3 days and give them a good wash and change the paper towel to make sure there is no mold growth. Once your seeds have started to germinate you can plant them in soil. Water your soil regularly, once every 2-3 days, and after about two weeks your citrus tree should start to grow.





For a pineapple, you will need to remove the head of the fruit and then peel away the leaves at the base. By clearing the bottom of the head it will help speed up the growth of the pineapple roots. Put the pineapple head in a glass of water, make sure only the bottom part of the pineapple head is touching water. Make sure your pineapple is put in a bright location. Change the water every few days but you can also top it up in between water changes so that the water levels remain consistent. After a few days you should start to see your roots forming. Wait for about 3 weeks or until you have a good root system forming before transferring your head to some soil. For some tips on how to grow your own pineapple check out this video.


Using Time Lapse

To capture the best time lapse possible were commend setting up a lightbox so that you can capture a video with consistent light. If this is not possible, the next best thing is to take advantage of your camera schedule setting so that it only films during the daytime.

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There are many more plants you can grow like tomatoes, onions, ginger, melons, cucumber, and even carrots! Get creative and have a growing competition with members of your family. Remember to share your videos with the Brinno community using #brinno and #selfisolatewithbrinno.