I came across a picture someone had posted on Pinterest of how they had grown new celery from an old celery base, and I wanted to try it. I was stunned at how quickly the new celery began to grow. Here are the steps to follow if you want to re-grow your own celery. I wish I had known about this years ago!
STEP 1: Place your cut celery base into a small dish of warm water, and set on a sunny indoor windowsill.
STEP 2: Watch it grow!
The outer stalks will begin to decompose, and within a day or two you will notice new, green celery begin to emerge from the center. After only a few days you will have considerable new growth.
Be sure to keep the water clean and fresh, changing it every couple of days.
STEP 3: Plant the base.
When the new celery growth is a 2-3 inches high, it’s ready be moved from the windowsill dish into a container of soil.
Put the old celery base under the soil, and keep the new growth above, out of the soil. Keep the soil moist, watering when needed.
I checked on my planted celery yesterday (it has been one month since I put this particular base into water), and it has grown a couple of inches since putting it into the soil. It will certainly be at least a few more weeks before the new celery is ready to harvest. I have a few of these growing now, all at various stages of development, so hopefully a time will come when we won’t need to go shopping for celery anymore (or at least as often). In any case, this is fun!
I also learned that you can do the same thing with green onions – place the unused portion of the onion into a glass of water in a sunny window, and new onions will grow from the bulb. The roots will grow as well, and as soon as they’re long enough, you can transfer them to soil, too.
Here are shots of some onions I have been growing for about a 10 days. These little guys grow so fast – you can see in the closeup where I had cut them, and everything above is new.
Hooray for sustainability!