Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings

Did you know you can grow another full stalk of celery from the part you normally would remove and throw away? I had heard about it years ago, but had forgotten. Then my friend Amanda reminded me with a link, so I tried it. I have 4 in the garden already and just cut two more. Now, every time we buy celery, I ‘save’ the bottom part.

I did my first cutting in January, put the base into a 1/8″ of water and watched it grow. And grow it did (3″) until all the outside stalks started to rot. Since the garden wasn’t ready, I ended up tossing them. I should have put them into some soil. Planting them in dirt allows the roots to develop; they need more than water alone can give them.

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings, cutting celery for re-growing

With all the spring-like warmth in late March, I started again and planted them out in the garden soil 3 days later. I did some research and found that:

~ celery is a cool weather crop, so you can place these ‘starts’ out as soon as the soil can be worked

~plants will withstand light frost, but 10 days with nights below 40 and days below 55F can cause bolting

~plants are shallow-rooted and require consistent moisture… lack of water will make the stalks fibrous and bitter

~it can tolerate heavy, poorly-drained soils because it was originally a bog plant

~normally it takes 16 weeks to grow what you see in the store ~ hey, that’s 4 months

When you cut off the bottom 3″ of the base, it is best to sit it in water right then and not let it dry out. Usually, I am cooking and don’t have time to go out to plant something. I think it gets a better start in the water (for up to a week) before setting it out…little roots will start to develop.

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings, freshly cut celery bunches cut to re-grow stalks

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings, celery stalk cuttings

Next winter I plan to have a long, narrow planter ready with dirt; every time I buy celery I can plant them and have a dozen or more ready to go into the garden 2 weeks before the last frost date. I have just the spot in a south window.

I use a lot of celery in our cooking, and maybe I can save some on our food bill by re-growing my own through the spring and summer. I have never grown celery before, so I am excited!

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings, re-growing celery from store bought stalks

When you do finally plant it in your garden, celery likes very fertile and WET soil, so it will appreciate help from your compost pile or fish emulsion, etc. I plan to top the soil up to the cut edges this week and add compost. Something in me is wanting to cover up the icky, decomposing base, but I know it only will add to the fertility of the soil.

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings, re-growing celery,  planting celery out into the garden

I am hoping to be able to cut off a stalk or two at a time and let the main bunch continue to grow. Oh, I forgot! I also did it with the base of a head of Romaine, and it started to grow leaves! It is in the garden, too :)

Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings, regrowing Romaine lettuce from stalk cuttings

 “Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.”  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Potpourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897 

“For as the soil makes the sprout come up 
   and a garden causes seeds to grow, 
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness 
   and praise spring up before all nations.” ~Isaiah 61: 11

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62 Responses to Re-Growing Celery From Cuttings

  1. I love this! Thank you so much for educating me. We are going to run right out and try this. (After the sun comes up, that is!)

  2. Clint Baker says:

    Cool tip! Thanks for teaching me that!

  3. I am definitely doing this! I just bought two stalks and now I want to hurry and use them so I can plant the base :=)

  4. What an amazing tip Jacqueline! It’s already almost hot here, so I might have to wait until next year, but what a wonderful way to avoid waste and save money!

  5. amanda says:

    I just found this link that says you can grow leeks the same way: http://chickensintheroad.com/house/garden/planting-leeks/

  6. Mrs. Z says:

    I have two of these growing in little pots in my kitchen. I’m ready to put them out today after reading here that they are a cold weather plant! Thanks!

    Oh, and excited to try this with leeks too like Amanda posted!

    • Brad Grimm says:

      I had no ides you could do this.My little celery end has been in a saucer of water three days and is sprouting new growth..!!!! Thank you for helping me know what to do next.How exciting……!!!!

  7. Karen says:

    Jackie!!! that is wonderful! We love and use a ton of Romaine. I’m going to try that now! I will also try the celery. Isn’t gardening so neat! I love how the Lord has “put it into” the plants, how to propagate themselves via seeds, cuttings, tubers…amazing…He is so good to us! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Glad I stopped by today–I never knew you could do this but will have the kids experiment with it. Thanks for the tip!

    Many blessings…

  9. This is awesome Jacqueline! My husband and I use celery in our juicing and he likes to snack on it (I’m working on like it more LOL!). This would definitely save grocery money if we could plant and harvest our own. I wonder if I could buy a head of spinach leaves and also have planting success there (as you have with your romaine heads)? Hmm…great post, thanks! -Nicole @ Working Kansas Homemaker

  10. Karen says:

    Jackie, I just had a thought…would the celery grow yet again if you just cut the celery from the base and left the base in the dirt? Being a cool weather plant, maybe setting it in a cool room near a window or planting it in the shade outside…An experiment to try! :D

  11. Kristi says:

    Your blog blesses me in so many ways! Thank you for being such a wonderful mentor!

  12. How fun! I had no idea–May have to try it. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

  13. This is awesome, Jacqueline! Thank you for sharing!!

  14. Sheri says:

    From the “dead” springs forth life! This is fascinating, really fascinating.

    Isa 61:11 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
    And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
    So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
    To spring up before all the nations.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Sheri, I love that Scripture! I put it in the ending of the post…thank you so much for helping me. The Word is so applicable to all of life.

  15. Wow, so easy! It never would have occurred to me to even try it, but now we’re going too! Thanks for sharing!

  16. TxPurl says:

    I can’t wait to try this… I wonder what will happen to it in the Texas summer. I guess I’ll see how it likes the indoors!

  17. Mrs. T. says:

    I enjoy your gardening posts so much. We can’t wait to try this! Happy Easter!

  18. Kendra says:

    Celery is a veggie that is heavily sprayed with pesticides so it is excellent to be able to reuse it without the effects of more spray. It is one of the top foods you should buy organic. http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#fbIndex3

    • Jacqueline says:

      Kendra, thank you for that comment on pesticides. Yes, celery is heavily sprayed. We read that years ago, so have avoided conventional for a while. TY for reminding me why we are trying to grow our own :)

    • Val says:

      Organic celery is cheap. Start with a few of those, and you will be able to keep it going. We have been doing this for years. Even got my son’s teachers involved.

      • Jacqueline says:

        I am getting started with some here in the house again once Christmas and New Years are over! Thanks for the timely reminder, Val!

  19. H. Rae says:

    This is fascinating! I didn’t know you could “re-grow” celery. Amazing! Love the photography! I’m quite nuts about gardening and love when tips are combined with photos!

    Thanks again for linking up!

  20. Sherree says:

    My daughter, Bridgett has gotten me hooked on celery and hummus. I am going to tell her today about the idea of growing it from the bottoms. We live in Alabama and I have a sunroom and I am thinking that perhaps I need to plant it in a pot and let it stay inside with all my succulents. They do get a good dose of sun.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Sherree, I love the idea of growing it inside in a sun-room :) That will be a year-round conversation starter!

  21. Gary and Carolyn says:

    Carolyn writes via email:
    Thank you so much for sharing this – this is exciting to me! We found celery plants at a nursery several years ago and for years planted and grew it. It was wonderful. It was just as you mentioned – go out and get as many stalks as needed, leaving the plant to grow. For last few years, we have not been able to find the starter plants anywhere. I tried growing it from seed, but they did not do well. So this is the perfect solution.
    Thank you and bless you, Jacqueline,
    Carolyn

  22. Excellent post and idea! Celery is so hard to grow and this seems so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  23. This is such a great post. I had a friend give me a bunch of starts last year, but with limited space I am not prepared to do a bunch of starts that way. However, I think I can manage this!

  24. I just planted my first garden. I am so enjoying seeing greens sprout from seed, and squashes burst through the dirt. I am sprouting zinnias in my kitchen in eggshells. My tomatoes are growing beautifully. I even have a fun pot that has strawberry plants popping out of it’s sides.

    Today we saw a rabbit hopping through our yard. It might explain my chewed on collard leaves. :) How do you keep them away??

    I will for sure try the celery and romaine root growing. Thanks for sharing.

    I never thought that gardening would be so much fun. It always looked like so much work. I am finding out that it is so rewarding to see the fruit of all that planting. :)

    • Jacqueline says:

      Tereza,
      I agree heartily with you! It gives wings to our creative juices and an outlet for the beauty we hope to accomplish! God’s green earth sings out loud in the Spring!
      As to rabbits,,,we have a completely fenced garden :) Otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do! OH! You can use a mixture of cayenne, Dawn dish soap, and one other thing! HHmmm…I will have to look it up. Spray it on with a pistol grip. It won’t hurt the plants.

  25. LindaG says:

    I tried this once and only got a stalk of a few inches. But I was doing it in the summer and thought when the base rotted it was done.
    I really appreciate this post. I know more now than I did before! :o)
    Have a wonderful day!

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  27. I have done this, too! My first attempt shot out pretty well. I left it in water for 2-3 days then planted it. BUT…it seems to have gotten *stuck*. I think I will bury the decomposing base and see if that helps it out. I have about 2 inch fresh growth, so hopefully giving it a little help will make it continue to grow.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Amy, One thought on the getting ‘stuck’~ something I read mentioned it took 16 weeks for celery production. I wonder if it just grows very slowly. One thing I also will do is mulch it heavily since it needs so much water, then water it very often. I’m still experimenting as you can probably tell!

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  29. I just heard this from Susie recently too–definitely going to try this next Spring.

  30. How cool! I never thought about this. I do celery for my husband all the time. This would sure make it better for his body and our wallet!

  31. Stacey says:

    Jacqueline,

    What a great tip! I actually have the bottom of a celery in the fridge right now! I believe I will give this a try. I wonder if there will be enough time this late in the season, but it’s worth a try!

  32. Debbie says:

    I am keeping this and will start growing celery this winter in the house. We have a room that is not heated, so it should stay around 40. Thank you.

    • Jacqueline says:

      You are welcome, Debbie.
      I will be posting on saving celery seed in just the near future! Mine produced fairly well until it got over 100 degrees, then it just went to head (seed). Now to save some for cooking :)

  33. Ceseme says:

    I do this with green onions! I am excited to try it with celery. I have a lettuce stump I am trying this with already.

    I got tired of my green onions getting all slimy in the fridge, so I started putting them in a glass with a little water in the bottom in my kitchen window. The outer part will get dry before I use them all, but that is better than slimy. They keep growing and perpetuate themselves so I almost always have green onions. When I cut them down almost to the root, I put the root in the garden and they grow. This is great, because I could never get them to grow from seed.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Ceseme,
      Hello, again!
      I will be trying green onions from the store soon. I hope I have your success :-))
      I also appreciate your idea about the trench. That might be enough to keep them tender and less strong tasting. I can’t wait to try adding some sand, too.

  34. Ceseme says:

    One thing else I thought I would share: If you don’t like a heavy strong taste, you can dig a trench in your garden and put the celery in the bottom and fill the trench as the celery grows. (I think they use sand commercially.) This prevents the celery from getting dark green, and it is called blanching because it results in the celery looking pale. I haven’t actually tried this myself, but I read up on this kind of stuff a lot so I can know how to do it. (That’s how I found your site, which I am quickly getting addicted to!) Now I can actually try! I think I will have faster results using a stump than I would trying to grow it from seed.

  35. Sharil says:

    I love things like this!!! Thanks! Just bought celery, gonna plant in a few days!

  36. Amy says:

    Now that spring is around the corner, I am saving my first celery bottom today! I just cut it this morning when putting my husband’s lunch together and to come look your post back up to remember exactly what to do with it =) I hope you are doing well, thanks for all the inspiration!

  37. Hi. I Googled “home grown celery” and was lucky enough to find you. A dear friend of mine posted on my facebook page about growing celery from the cut stalk. I just did it for the first time and am very excited to see what happens. I live in Eastern Connecticut and right now we are having a snow storm, so the gardens won’t be ready for a while. I’m hoping I can put the celery in a pot of dirt after a week in the dish of water and grow it in the house until the weather warms up.

    Thank you for this beautiful post, it was so helpful and gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to try this little project.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Welcome Joanne! I have heard about your snow storm…having a bit of green on your windowsill will hopefully make it cheery enough until spring buds pop. I think we all are getting cabin fever!

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  39. TD2221 says:

    YOU CAN ALSO CUT OFF THE TOPS OF A PINEAPPLE THAT YOU BUY IN THE STORE, AND PLACE IT ONTO A POT OF PLANT SOIL AND IN TWO YEARS YOU WILL HAVE YOUR OWN PINEAPPLE. THEY SPREAD OUT SOME IF YOU PLANT THEM IN A FLOWER BED, AND GET ABOUT 18-24 INCHES TALL, BUT THEY MAKE A NICE LOW PLANT BED.

  40. Vicki says:

    Hello: just googled you for “celery roots” for a GAPS dieter. Her son loves hash brown celery root potatoes. When you grow these bottoms do you end up with a big celery root? If yes, have you used them for cooking? It would be great if you can grow celery greens and then use the roots too!

    Thanks.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hello, Vicki!
      I wish I could say ‘Yes’ to your question. My celery got 8″-10″ tall and was mostly leafy stalks due to less water than they needed. I will be using a drip hose this year to keep the soil moist. I can’t emphasize how much water they need to really produce like farmed celery :) I will look to see if there is a ball this year, as I too LOVE celery root! It may be that there is, but I didn’t look. I let them go to seed and got quite a bit (Yay!), but put mulch on top of what I didn’t harvest (to rot like compost over the winter). Good luck!

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  42. Dawn says:

    I remember as a kid I would help my mom with the garden. But then as an adult I had lived in apartments where we really did not have room for a garden until a couple years ago. So now that I have a yard, I have been getting back into gardening (tho I do not remember much of what I learned when I was young as it was quite some time ago.) I think it is good for my daughters to learn about the plants as well. Plus my youngest gets so excited to eat veggies that she helped to grow!

    I haven’t tried celery yet, but definitely will be soon – probably next year now tho since it will be getting warm here now. I have used garlic cloves from the store and was able to grow garlic from them. I am not the best garlic grower yet, but it worked :)

    Thank you for sharing this and I will be trying celery soon!

  43. Astrid says:

    Awesome article!

    I have been gardening for the past three years only as I too lived in the city for a long time. Bought organic, but now that I have a little community garden spot I make the best of it. I do this with carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and now trying it with red onions(wish me luck ;) . By the way, my ginger isn’t really sprouting. Do you have any tips for growing ginger in water with the toothpicks?
    Ohh how I wish I would have found this article before regarding the fungus in seedlings. I lost a bunch of “Creole potatoes” usually grown in South America but are delicious to fungi. Glad to know I can use natural products to fight it.

    I also noticed that you practically didn’t bury the celery root (you mentioned let the old stuff rot as compost) I put dirt all over it and left just what is growing showing. Would that suffocate it?

    Thanks for the tips- bookmarked :)

    • Jacqueline says:

      Astrid,
      I think the celery will be fine, just keep it really moist! I’d love to hear how it does for you!!

  44. Came across your site while looking up (how to grow celery) and I’ve been sitting here reading and listening to your music thingy with my headphones. It’s been a great blessing to me this afternoon. This instrumental music is so soothing to the soul and brings tears to my eyes when I come across a familiar song or hymn. I love the Lord so so very much, He has changed me from the inside out and replaced my heart of stone with a heart of flesh, one that is so grateful for His love for me that He would send His Son to give up His life so that I could have life and have it more abundantly. Thank you for your site and for your life in Christ Jesus, may He continue to bless you as you bless others with your words of encouragement. I am a Canadian recording artist and I would like to bless you with the prayer from Ephesians 3:14 which I quote before the old hymn Here is Love on my latest CD.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Q4gkWKLL8

    Now I am off to plant my celery! All because of celery I received this wonderful blessing to day. AH! God is so good!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Brenda,
      I am in awe of the love and kindness of our Lord Jesus! Thank you, new friend, for this wonderful hymn, and I am so glad you have been blessed!! I have loved Here Is Love from the first time I had one of my children play it for me. May your celery thrive!

  45. Linda B says:

    Love that you figured out your little celery plants needed more than water and that your experiment worked! You’ve inspired me to get celery growing in my neck of the woods!
    (Stopping by from R&R)

  46. Nancy says:

    I have celery growing, but has sprouted flowers, do I remove these flowers??

    • Jacqueline says:

      Nancy,
      The flowers mean it is going to seed! You can do one of 2 things…you can let it go ahead and produce seeds and save them and use them to add flavor to potato salad and other recipes, or pinch the flowers off and hope the plant will grow more stalks. Usually, it means the plant is under stress. It will need very wet conditions as celery is a bog plant originally and likes to be wet. I hope that helps :)

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