Propagating from fruit and vegetable scraps
Category: Food Production
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 0-7


Eliza was very excited to share with her Junior Landcare group at school that her little brother had found some little plants poking out from their compost pile. They couldn’t believe how new life was coming from food scraps! This gave Ms Gorman an idea for their next Junior Landcare group activity.

“We are going to use kitchen scraps to propagate or grow new plants. We will learn that food scraps are still alive, and with proper techniques that we can help them regrow. It won’t be long until we are producing some food of our own!”


We’re going to use fruit and vegetable scraps to propagate or grow new plants! Investigating plant growth engages young learners in a hands-on science project and helps illustrate plant features and life-cycles. Your plants can even be planted into the garden to produce a future crop.


For children to:

  • engage in a hands-on investigation
  • understand that plants have features such as roots and leaves
  • monitor the changes they observe
  • appreciate that living things have needs in order to survive and thrive
  • make connections to how the food they eat looks as a plant.

This activity can be undertaken at any time of year. Keep your plant experiments indoors where temperatures are more consistent in a reasonably well-lit spot is a good way to help them grow.

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