When the fall and winter roll around and the weather cools down outside, I start to think about soups and chowders. In almost every soup I make there is one key ingredient- celery. At one point I was buying a bunch or 2 every week! Whenever I start buying produce that often I know it’s time figure out how I can grow it myself. If you like or use celery as much as I do during this time, you may even feel the same. Just like any other vegetable, starting celery from seeds is possible and relatively easy. But, for those unaware, there is a hack, a way to grow celery easily and in less time.
The bottom part, the base of the celery everyone usually cuts off and throws away is a key. If you just chop the base off and toss is, please stop and read this in its entirety!
Did you know that you could regrow celery from the base? I’m serious. Regrowing is a super simple trick that will keep you harvesting fresh celery all throughout the fall, winter, and into early spring. Whether you are growing indoors our outdoor, this trick should help you cut your dependency on grocery store-bought celery, help you save money, and help the planet out all at the same time. That sounds like a win, win, win for me. If you have never had homegrown celery, you are in for a treat. This crop tastes much better when grown at home and harvested fresh.
Steps 2 and 3 are not necessary.
How to save money
Cut it- Don’t worry about am I cutting too little or too much. Just cut around 2 inches off the base of the celery stalk. It should look something like this.
Soak it- Stick the base in a dish of water with enough liquid to cover around 50% of the stalk. Place in a location that receives sunlight- like a window sill, if you feel so inclined. Or just leave it on your kitchen counter.
Watch and Wait - Change the water on the dish daily or every other day. If you don’t, you will see the water get a slimy consistency, and that is not what we want. Within the first few days, the edges of the celery base will turn brown. You will begin to see yellow new growth from the center of the base. Do not be alarmed if the new growth is yellow, nothing's wrong, just give it q few more days, and it will green up.
Plant it- Once the celery has sprouted and grown, it is time to give it a permanent home and plant it. Whether you are growing indoors, our outside celery has the same requirements; Moist soil, cooler temperatures, full sun and organic matter.
grab a pot,
fill it with high quality preferably organic potting soil, dig a hole to where only the new growth is visible above the top of the soil backfill the dirt
Water vigorously. If planting in your garden follow the same concept
Dig a hole in the garden. The hole needs to be deep enough so that when filled the new growth is visible.
Place celery in hole and backfill
Add organic matter to soil
I prefer to skip steps 2 and 3. Just cut the bottom of the celery and stick it in your garden. As long as the newly planted cutting is kept moist, it will sprout within two weeks.
This how-to will help you save money and who doesn't want that? Harvest stalks as needed throughout the winter and spring.
The celery grown from the base will not be the same color green as the original stalks purchased they will be lighter.
The stalks will decrease in size as you continue to harvest
Do not allow the soil to become dry. Since the plant is regrowing its root system needs constant moisture until it becomes fully established
Celery does not perform well in the heat
Try starting with organic celery. Yes, it is more expensive to start, but it usually regrows easier than conventionally grown celery.