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DIY: An Easy Way to Grow Celery from Its Root

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DIY: An Easy Way to Grow Celery from Its Root

April 5, 2021

Only recently have I begun to appreciate the celery stalk—adding it to soups and grinding it down into a salt—as my new kitchen secret for adding subtle bits of flavor. So when I spotted this resourceful celery growing experiment from Mary Andrews and Tim Vidra, I thought I would share their findings. See the process below and see more at 17 Apart.

Photography courtesy of 17 Apart.

The celery plant after about three weeks of growth.
Above: The celery plant after about three weeks of growth.
After you&#8
Above: After you’ve eaten the stalks and inner leaves of your organic store-bought celery, save the root. Rinse it, and place it in a bowl of warm water near a sun-soaked windowsill; base down, stalk up.
After about a week in the water bowl, transfer the root to a pot filled with mulch and potting soil for proper drainage.
Above: After about a week in the water bowl, transfer the root to a pot filled with mulch and potting soil for proper drainage.
Water the celery generously (and continue to water at consistent intervals, being careful not to over water the plant—you don&#8
Above: Water the celery generously (and continue to water at consistent intervals, being careful not to over water the plant—you don’t want the leaves to turn yellow).
The celery plant, as it began to grow out of the oatmeal can.
Above: The celery plant, as it began to grow out of the oatmeal can.
The result is an established celery plant with leaves you can carefully use right away—and stalks you can use later as the celery continues to grow.
Above: The result is an established celery plant with leaves you can carefully use right away—and stalks you can use later as the celery continues to grow.

Above: The result is an established celery plant with leaves you can carefully use right away—and stalks you can use later as the celery continues to grow.

For more DIY ideas see our previous posts: Maidenhair Fern for Bathroom Greenery and Bottle-Fed Paperwhites.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published April 3, 2013.

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