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How to Regrow Kangkong Even Without a Garden Space

You can easily do it and save a few pesos!

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Photography: Shutterstock | Bea Faicol

Is sinigang always in your rotation of ulam you cook at home? If so, then you probably always buy a new bundle of kangkong (water spinach) to add the delicious leafy greens to your sinigang. You remove the leaves, throw out the stems, and then buy a new kangkong bundle again when you need it.

If you're looking to save grocery shopping money, you can easily regrow the kangkong bundle you just bought so you never have to buy a new bundle of kangkong ever again. The good news? It's fairly simple and easy, you don't really need a green thumb to achieve it.

READ: 10 Kinds of Kitchen Leftovers You Can Grow as Plants

What You Need To Grow Kangkong

Left vase is months-old kangkong, right bottle contains three-week old kangkong. Photo by Bea Faicol

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To regrow the kangkong you just bought, all you need is a vase and water. After you have cut out the kangkong leaves, you can place the stems (at least seven inches from the bottom up) inside a vase or a bottle, and fill the container with water but don't submerge the entire stems. It's important to change the water every day or so, so as to avoid any mosquitos from breeding in the water.

READ: How This 21-Year-Old Started A Hydroponics Farming Biz With a P1K Capital

Where To Grow Your Kangkong

The yellow stems are the new growths from hydroponics. Photo by Bea Faicol

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What's great about this is that you don't need a garden, people living in a condo can do this too, so as long as you store the bottle or vase in an area that receives sunlight. In a matter of a week, you can already see new stem growth (they're lighter, more yellowish in color), and even small kangkong leaves, too.

How Long To Grow Kangkong

Enjoy fresh kangkong all year round! Photo by Bea Faicol

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It can take weeks or two weeks or a month before the leaves are big enough to harvest, but if you don't mind using smaller kangkong leaves to add to your dishes, then you can harvest early! Nothing beats fresh kangkong, all year round.

READ: This Farmer's Prototype Garden Shows How You Can Grow Different Plants in a Small Lot

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This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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