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Friday, January 27, 2012

Re-Growing Celery


A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend Jackie shared an interesting link on Facebook about re-growing celery from the bottom of the stalk. I’d heard of this before but never tried it. Well, Jackie threw that challenge out, so I had to try. This is just about the coolest gardening trick ever!!

We eat a lot of celery around here. Celery sticks with or without peanut butter are favorite snacks, not to mention that diced celery tops the list of ingredients for most of my dinner recipes.

Unfortunately, celery is not an easy crop to grow. It requires 120 days of cool weather and lots and lots of water. Cool weather and rainfall do not generally occur simultaneously here in Central Florida. Oh, we get the occasional rain here in fall and winter, but for the most part, it’s pretty dry.

You can imagine my delight when I learned that I can grow celery in a fraction of the time! Less time also means less water! Score!

Preparing the stalks for planting was just a normal part of our produce purchasing day. When we bring our produce home, everything gets washed immediately. However, some fruits and veggies get a little more attention, like celery. While I’m washing everything, one of my hubby’s tasks is to cut up all of the celery into 4-inch pieces, handy for snacking or dicing for dinners. The tops end up in the dehydrator and the bottoms in the chicken coop. This experiment meant the chickens wouldn’t get their weekly celery snack. Since they’ve been getting plenty of cabbage leaves and turnip tops, I think they’ll live.



Hubby and I ended up planting six stalk bottoms altogether. The first set of three only soaked in water for an hour or two before being planted in a grow bucket. The second set of three sat in water for a day or two.

Can you believe everything sprouted?! Because of the extra soaking time, the second set sprouted faster, but everything is growing nicely. Growing them in the buckets will also help us conserve water.



The plants have only been growing for about a week or two and still have a long ways to go, but I’m looking forward to watching them grow and crunching on a celery rib or two right from my backyard!

If this actually works, watch for a post over the summer about growing celery indoors. When the temperatures starts to rise in the summer, we'll move those buckets indoors. I love a good agricultural experiment, don't you?

Make sure you check out the original link about Re-Growing Celery at Farm Bell Recipes!

Thanks for stopping by! Have you tried growing celery before? How’d did it turn out? Was it crisp and sweet or did it turn bitter? Did it take forever, or at least felt like it took forever? I’d love to hear your story!

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

18 comments:

  1. I'm glad i'm not the only one excited about it! I finally put mine in dirt yesterday, I'll post a photo soon. When I buy celery now, I don't cut all the way through. Careful not the cut the middle 'babies' so I have a head start! They get green and grow! Indirect sun and cool climate.

    I do think keeping them in water a few days helps (before dirt) and I do cut a fresh bottom for them to absorb the water best (like what do you do for fresh flowers, cut a new bottom) YEAH!!!! *hi-5*

    I've read too, that now you can just cut the out side stalks to eat and really never cut the whole plant since it will keep growing from the middle out. We will see! SO fun! Yes love the challenge!

    I wondered if it worked with a head of lettuce. LOL! - Jackie

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  3. This is so neat! Never heard of it.

    My niece gave me some bottom from green onions last year to plant directly in my garden and they became nice and big. I loved that it was so simple.

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  4. This is so neat! Never heard of it.

    My niece gave me some bottom from green onions last year to plant directly in my garden and they became nice and big. I loved that it was so simple.

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  5. I am going to try this with green onions! Celery too but we don't eat as much celery. Maybe if it was home grown instead of the stuff from the store it would taste better to me, lol

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  6. This is the coolist thing! I could never grow all I use as I juice every day, but it will be fun to try. I have 8 cherry tomatoes growing in my kitchen window now. I could end up with a full kitchen garden!

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  7. That's so cool! I definitely will try this.

    Thanks for the info!

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  8. Wow, I had no idea that could be done! I live in Florida too, growing some things here can be a huge challenge. I will give this a go, thanks so much. Good luck to you.

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  9. Wow! That is so awesome! I am going to have to try that! I would love to grow my own stash of celery at home! Kitchen garden...here I come! Haha!

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  10. Amazing, I never knew this. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. So excited to try this-we eat alot of celery too! Found you on Growing Home. Come visit me at www.ajoyfulheartforhome.com
    blessings~

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  12. I hate the crunch of celery, so I never buy it, but I love a good experiment! How cool is that! I'm sharing the link with my dad, who thinks celery is the food of kings.

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  13. This is something I've never heard of either, and it's such a cool concept. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. Just found your blog through Frugally Sustainable. I've been hearing about this celery idea and this is giving me the added boost to give it a try.

    We also live in Central FL! Our family just moved onto our off-grid homestead several months ago and are working toward becoming more sustainable.

    Interestingly enough, my grandpa (who is now 97) used to grow lots of celery with his dad and brothers here in Central FL in the muck fields, many years ago. There is no longer any sign left of those huge fields, but we have pictures and Grandpa's stories to prove it! :)

    Thanks for sharing, and maybe some day we can meet up, since we're not too far apart.

    Blessings,

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  15. Wow! I've heard of growing carrot tops for the greens, but never considered growing celery from their bottoms. I can't wait to hear how they turn out.

    We tried growing celery one year, but we didn't do too well. One plant died, and we didn't eat a lot of the other one. I should try again though a bit more frugally this time.

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  16. Thanks so much for this info! I will try this myself.
    @Jackie Davis. I don't know if a bunch of lettuce from the store would grow, but I do know that if you cut your lettuce and leave the roots and about an inch or so the leaves will regrow. How much just depends on your growing season. Our season is so short that I just plant varieties that I have learned don't bolt here and pick the outer leaves from the plants all summer long for fresh salads.

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  17. wow, I didn't know you could regrow celery. My kids love to grow carrot greens. We will have to grow celery too.

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  18. WOW! I have never heard of that!!!! I will have to try this!

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