Vegetable Revival

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In this activity, learners use food scraps from the kitchen to grow new vegetables. Under the right conditions, vegetables from the fridge can start growing again thanks to the presence of special cells called meristematic cells. Activity includes step-by-step instructions for how to grow different vegetables, a video demonstration, an explanation of the science behind the activity, and suggested extensions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

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Materials List (per group of students)

  • One or more of the following: Head of lettuce, bok choy, or celery (not just the individual leaves or stalks); scallions (aka green onions); root vegetables such as carrots, beets, turnips, or radishes, with their tops attached; leafy stems of basil or mint; whole potatoes
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Toothpicks
  • Glasses or transparent plastic cups (so you can see through)
  • Shallow bowls
  • Magnifier (or zoom function on a cell phone camera)
  • Sunny spot
  • Optional: digital scale


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


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  • Free access