How to Grow Celery From a Stalk
How to Grow Celery from an Old Stalk
I love the taste of fresh celery that has been picked from the garden. The intensity and fresh taste of home grown celery will brighten even the simplest chicken soup.
During the summer, I have been eating the same supply of celery that were grown from the original stalk.
Celery (like green onions) are the two vegetables that are currently considered "cut-and-grow" again in my garden. They will continue to grow, grow, and grow from the same stalk! However, there is a specific tip that I will share with you in order to make that happen. Just keep reading.
Growing celery from a recycled stalk will also save you money as organic celery is usually quite pricey in the supermarket.
It's also a pretty cool experiment for your kids! What better way to teach your kids about the origin of food and importance of eating their vegetables?
TIP for Harvesting Celery for an Endless Supply all Season
Now that you have your celery growing on the ground, here's a simple tip to get them to re-grow all season long.
- To harvest the celery, do not pull the whole celery up. Do not cut across the entire stalk.
- Simply peel the large individual stalks on the outside perimeter. The younger stalks in the middle will continue to grow.
That's it! You will not need to buy organic celery in the store this season.
How to Grow Celery from Stalk: Step-by-Step Instructions
I would suggest starting off with buying organic celery at the store. I usually get mine from Costco.
- Cut up to 3 inches of the base from the stalk. Rinse it really well with water.
- Put it in a shallow cup of water and place it on a windowsill. I like to place mine on the window sill above the sink where I can easily access it. It makes a nice "eye candy" of a view too and surely brightens the kitchen.
- Change the water daily. You will notice that the inner stalks in the middle will start to re-grow in a few days.
- As new growth appears, the outside leaves will start to get soft and die off. This is normal. Simply break it off. Make sure you continue to rinse off the stalk and replace the water daily. You might even see a few roots appear. You don't have to wait for the roots to come out before putting it on the ground.
- The celery will be ready for transplant in about 1-2 weeks. Transfer the celery in the ground (or container) with organic soil. The whole base of the stalk needs to be buried in the soil.
- Celery loves water so make sure you don't let the soil dry out!
- It will take up to 8 weeks for the celery to grow strong and tall. It's worth the wait because once it's thriving, it will continue to grow even after you cut it. You will have a fresh supply of organic celery all season long, up until late Fall!
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Why Bother to Grow Celery from Stalk?
According to the Environment Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list, celery is among the tested vegetables that contain the most pesticides.
"Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes and sweet bell peppers tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece."
To download the complete list, or get more information check out the Environment Working Group website.
Among the pesticides are neuro-toxins that are known to cause havoc in our body. For example, organophosphate pesticides can affect children's IQ and brain development, even at low doses.
Other reasons for re-growing celery from scraps:
- Saves money
- Easy access to vegetables
- Better tasting
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