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How to Grow Celery From a Stalk

Updated on September 12, 2013
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Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

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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?

Doesn't this look like some nice eye candy for the kitchen?
Doesn't this look like some nice eye candy for the kitchen? | Source

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.

Look how green and vibrant the celery stalks turned out!
Look how green and vibrant the celery stalks turned out! | Source

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.

  1. Cut up to 3 inches of the base from the stalk. Rinse it really well with water.
  2. 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.
  3. Change the water daily. You will notice that the inner stalks in the middle will start to re-grow in a few days.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Celery loves water so make sure you don't let the soil dry out!
  7. 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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      Lori Chidori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      Cool! Can't wait to try this! Thanks!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I do this, and love it, it is cool as Lori says and lots of fun.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hmm...if only I had a cat-proof sunny window.... but, you know what? I'm going to try this next year directly outdoors. And I'll betcha, that even if you don't start with organic celery--after the new growth, and subsequent harvests, it WILL be organic again...;)

      Great idea--voted up across and shared.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Lori, Jackie- Thanks, isn't it amazing?!

      MsLizzy- oh that cat of yours...tsk tsk lol! Thanks for sharing my article:-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is really very interesting and worth trying out!

      Now, who does not want to have their own fresh celery, without having to go to Supermarket to buy them every time you want to use them in your recipes. And if you store them in the refrigerator, they do not taste as fresh.

      Great hub! Voted up and pinned!

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      Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I have done this before but have never put it in water first just planted in garden. Although not always successful will try it your way next time. tar great idea. I love home grown as you know what is it and where it comes from.

      It annoys me how Australians are now pulling their fruit trees out of the orchards because we are importing from other countries. I love fresh fruit but the shops mix it all up. Many times I have got oranges some with pips some without and navals mixed with valencia etc.

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      MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

      What a great idea! Thanks for this advice and tips!

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      jseven 3 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for sharing such a good idea and the info about how many pesticides are on it. I live in an apartment so I buy mine organic but love this idea for sure! Voted up and more. :)

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      snlee 3 years ago from Asia Pacific Regions

      Thanks...I will try to see whether I can grow them a tropical country too!

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      jocent 3 years ago

      Good and interesting tip....I surely will try this specially on my aquaponics project. Thanks!!!

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      Oh, I have a question: Does it have to be in full sun. My kitchen window is shaded. :(

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      Alex Longsword 3 years ago from Nicaragua

      Congratulation for this hub. You really gave a good idea to cultivate this plant at home. Thanks!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      cool. I may give this a go.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Thank you everyone, I hope it works out for you. It really is nice to be able to eat fresh grown celery from your garden.

      Lori- it does need sun so try putting it out on the balcony, backyard or somewhere that does provide a few hours of sun.

      Eileen- thanks for sharing. That can be quite annoying about the fruit trees!

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      healthmunsta 3 years ago

      Wow, this is so amazing! I wish I could do it too, but in my cramped student living conditions, I'm glad I even have a tiny balcony. No matter, I'm SO doing this when I get a chance. Go, celery!

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      gardener den 3 years ago from Southwestern, Pennsylvania

      Thank You ! Turtle Women I am going to try this and let you know how i do. Thanks again Turtle Women.

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing this!

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      This is exciting and worth trying. I tried growing coriander and failed miserably many times

      I think I will try out celery

      Thanks for sharing this

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Very cool!! I will have to give this a try!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Will try this starting today. Thanks for writing this as I've been wondering how to grow celery from a stalk.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Great idea. Celery is a favourite in our house because it's so versatile - you can use it in salads, soups and 'raw' as a chewing stick!

      I like your photographs and easy to understand suggestions.

      Votes and a share!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Will def be giving this a go..thanks for the tips easy & clear to follow..

      Had no idea about the pesticide levels though, that's so good to no..VUUAI and will share & pin this on my 'Healthier choices for life' board..cheers

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      Ruth Perkins 3 years ago from New England

      I love it! Simple, kid-friendly growing & pesticide-free. Thanks so much!

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      conradofontanilla 3 years ago

      voted useful. celery is an antioxidant.

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      Meredith Loughran 3 years ago from Florida

      OMG! I think I can do this one!

      Normally my growing/gardening projects die (I've killed bamboo shoots and cactus).

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I love celery and didn't know it was this easy to grow. I'll have to try it. Congrats on Hub of the Day! Well deserved.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the tips! I didn't know that you could re-grow celery like this. Congrats on the Hub of the Day!!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this info on growing celery from stalks. Nice job! Glad to see the encouragement to pay attention to buying pesticide free, as well.

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      What a great idea! I am going to try it this spring.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD! I will surely try this next time I buy celery. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Thank you everyone...and good luck with the project! ;-) I'm starting a new batch or celery this month now that warmer days are here.

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      Can't wait to try! my 4 year old has asked if she can have a garden so a fun way to start!! Sharing with friends ;)

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      The celery looks like nice eye candy! Yes indeed Voted up beautiful. I love celery. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and information.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      I'm going to try this, too. I use celery, a lot, in cooking, and it is too hard to grow from seed. I have a sunny kitchen windowsill where it will look nice beside my pot of parsley. Thanks for all the details.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Great hub! I love the easy to follow instructions. Thank for posting.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this hub. Very informative. I'll share with my mother, because she always use celery to make soup. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      My fiancé and I were just talking about growing celery! He really wants to try, but we don't have a yard right now. It's good to see celery likes moisture - rain is something we have plenty of. Maybe we should give it a try, after all.

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      Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines

      I will certainly try this because I also love celery and it would be great to have access to it any time, not needing to go to the market.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great idea! For all of us, kids and adults alike. I was surprised a while back also to learn that celery has quite a bit of nutrients. Thanks! Congratulations!

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Leon Moyer 3 years ago

      That, is the most interesting thing I've learned all week. Thank you for sharing. And congratulations on getting the hub of the day!

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      Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      This is awesome, can't wait to try it, had no idea it could be done. I'm also in the middle of trying to grow a pineapple.

      Thanks for the education!

      Ben

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Why haven't I tried this before?! This is so cool. This is yet another addition to my growing vegetable garden. I can't thank yo enough.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Love celery and will definitely do this. Thank you for sharing. Bookmarking and pinning.

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful, useful hub! Congrats on HOTD and thanks for sharing this information! Can't wait to give it a try!

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      Stephen Connellee 3 years ago from Michigan

      This is an absolutely awesome idea! I will definitely have to try this! Great hub and congrats on the HOTD!

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      Kimberly Lake 2 years ago from California

      Great idea! I juice celery quite often this is a great way to save money and have organic celery just outside my door. Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great write up here I have tried growing celery from stalk and has taken to growth very well. Your tips are helpful and well done on such a wonderful achievement. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Kim Lam 2 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE, I appreciate the comment!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      I had been wanting to learn how to grow plants from the stalk and now this hub has become a wonderful discovery. On top of everything else, it's also organic. I don't have a green thumb but am really trying. My compost is quite large so i started with cucumbers and they are really growing. Nothing is happening to my onion seeds. But your celery stalks are so interesting and would be very rewarding to grow because you can monitor your progress and know what to expect within a certain period of time. I'm adding this to my Pinterest page.

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      Kim Lam 2 years ago from California

      Hi Mona- it's really easy! You can absolutely do this even with a brown thumb. ;-)

      I'm working on a new batch for this season and have about 10 stalks growing. Good luck and have fun!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

      This is a great idea. Thanks for the tip!

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      Claudia Tello 2 years ago from Mexico

      I find this hub really exciting. Can´t wait to grow my own celery!!!

      I am definitely sharing it.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I'd try this, but we have so many punsters in the family that, if they knew I was growing it and not my wife, someone would accuse me of being a "stalker"! Why is it only going to grow "until Fall"?

      Fine Hub. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Kim Lam 2 years ago from California

      Haha that's cute! We don't want you to be accused of being a stalker now.;-)

      My celery didn't last through the winter cold temperatures.

      Thanks for stopping by! Happy holidays!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      How cold does it get inside where you are in the winter? We grow our garden's green peppers all winter inside in a south-facing double window after transplanting them into pots and they do fine, even on the coldest days near zero F.

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      Kim Lam 2 years ago from California

      Oh no, I usually transplant them outdoors after starting them out on the window sill . We have a huge garden but not enough space in the house.

      Wow your green peppers are so sturdy! I've never tried growing green peppers before. Perhaps you should write a hub about it? ;-)

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      Barb Johnson 22 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Anxious to have my own ongoing celery supply, at least till fall. That can still save a lot of money. Thanks for the hub.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on how to grow celery stalks, though I'm not a big celery fan in my foods. Voted up for useful!

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      Glenn Stok 14 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm going to try this. I use celery for so many things. I add it to my soup, I use it for snacks with dip, I even include it when I cook beans. So this is going to be fun, and you explained the method of growing celery very clearly.

      I also like the idea of growing my own to avoid the pesticides that are so prominent in foods that are grown in the ground. Even rice is known to have arsenic, which is hard to avoid. But that's another issue.

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      Kim Lam 14 months ago from California

      I agree - so much better to grown your own food! Good luck Glenn and thank you for stopping by :-)

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