Plant parts that are normally thrown away can be beautiful
houseplants. Carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, and avocados
are plants that have beautiful greenery.
Try some of the following.
Plants can be started by suspending the seed with toothpicks
in a glass of water. However, it may be easier to plant
it in soil. Let the pit dry for a day. Peel off the dark,
brown covering. Put the pit in a pot filled with potting
soil, pointed end up. Leave about one-third of the pit showing.
A shoot should appear in about 4-6 weeks.
Carrot, Beets, Rutabaga, or Turnips
These plants produce a graceful leafy and often colorful
plant. Cut a one-inch section from the top of the vegetable
and plant it in moist sand, with only the upper part exposed.
Small leaves will appear in about 10 days. Be sure to keep
the plant moist.
Cut the top off the pineapple with about 1/2 - 1 inch of
fruit attached. Let the top dry out for one to two days.
Place the top in a shallow pot filled with potting soil.
Keep the potting soil moist. The top should root in about
weeks.Another method is to twist the top off the fruit.
Remove the lower leaves exposing one to two inches of the
stem. Place the top in a small glass of water so the water
is just below the lowest leaves. In about two weeks you
should see roots starting to form. Transplant when about
half the glass is filled with roots.
The inside of a papaya is packed
with numerous seeds. Each seed is wrapped in jelly-like
covering that needs to be removed before planting. Rubbing
the seeds together in a bowl of water works well. After
the covering is removed, put the seeds in a glass of water.
Those that float should be thrown away as they will not
germinate. Place the seeds in a pot filled with potting
soil. Cover the seeds with about 1/2 inch of soil. Keep
moist. Seeds should germinate in about 4-6 weeks.
Seeds of orange, lime, lemon and grapefruit are easy to
grow. Soak seeds in water overnight. Plant them about one
inch deep in a pot filled with potting soil. Put 2-3 seeds
in each pot.
Remove as much of the fruit from the pit as possible. The
remainder can be easily scraped off with a toothbrush and
water. After the pit is clean, soak the seed in warm water
for five days. Change the water daily and replace with warm
water. Plant the pit with the "eye" up. The "eye"
is a flattened spot where the fruit was joined to the stem.
Cover the pit with about 1/2 inch of soil. Don't lay the
seed flat. Lay it on end with the "eye" up. Keep
moist. The seed may germinate in two weeks or take four
months. Be patient. To try and get quicker germination,
use very ripe fruit.
Congratulations! You've solved Case #4. Now go on to Case
#5 to discover some mysterious parts that surprise!