I love the taste of fresh celery picked from the garden. The intensity and freshness of homegrown celery will brighten even the simplest chicken soup.
During the summer, I have been eating the same supply of celery that was grown from the original stalk. Celery and green onions are the two vegetables that are currently considered "cut-and-grow" in my garden. They will continue to grow, grow, and grow from the same stalk! However, there is a specific tip I will share with you in order to make that happen. Just keep reading.
Regrowing 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 the importance of eating their vegetables?
Step-by-Step Instructions for Growing Celery From a Stalk
I would suggest starting off with buying organic celery at the store. I usually get mine from Costco.
- Cut up to 3 inches off the base from the stalk. Rinse it really well with water.
- Put it in a shallow cup of water and place it on a windowsill. I like to place mine on the windowsill above the sink where I can easily access it. It makes a nice "eye candy" view too, and surely brightens the kitchen.
- Change the water daily. You will notice that the inner stalks in the middle will start to regrow in a few days.
- 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.
- The celery will be ready for transplant in about one to two weeks. Transfer the celery into the ground (or container) with organic soil. The whole base of the stalk needs to be buried in the soil.
- Celery loves water, so make sure you don't let the soil dry out!
- It will take up to eight weeks for the celery to grow strong and tall. It's worth the wait, though, 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!
Harvesting Tip for an Endless Celery Supply
Now that you have your celery growing in the ground, here's a simple tip to get them to regrow 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! Now you will not need to buy organic celery in the store this season.
Why Bother to Grow Celery From a 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."
Among the pesticides are neurotoxins 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.
To download the complete list, or get more information check out the Environment Working Group website.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Kim Lam (author) from California on January 23, 2016:
I agree - so much better to grown your own food! Good luck Glenn and thank you for stopping by :-)
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on January 18, 2016:
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.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 07, 2015:
Great hub on how to grow celery stalks, though I'm not a big celery fan in my foods. Voted up for useful!
Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on May 19, 2015:
Anxious to have my own ongoing celery supply, at least till fall. That can still save a lot of money. Thanks for the hub.
Kim Lam (author) from California on November 30, 2014:
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? ;-)
Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 29, 2014:
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.
Kim Lam (author) from California on November 29, 2014:
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!
Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 26, 2014:
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.
Claudia Tello from Mexico on October 14, 2014:
I find this hub really exciting. Can´t wait to grow my own celery!!!
I am definitely sharing it.
Sondra Rochelle from USA on August 04, 2014:
This is a great idea. Thanks for the tip!
Kim Lam (author) from California on June 08, 2014:
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!
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 08, 2014:
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.
Kim Lam (author) from California on May 31, 2014:
Thank you DDE, I appreciate the comment!
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 30, 2014:
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.
Kimberly Lake from California on April 07, 2014:
Great idea! I juice celery quite often this is a great way to save money and have organic celery just outside my door. Thanks!
Stephen Connellee from Michigan on March 29, 2014:
This is an absolutely awesome idea! I will definitely have to try this! Great hub and congrats on the HOTD!
Better Yourself from North Carolina on March 28, 2014:
Wonderful, useful hub! Congrats on HOTD and thanks for sharing this information! Can't wait to give it a try!
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 24, 2014:
Love celery and will definitely do this. Thank you for sharing. Bookmarking and pinning.
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on March 20, 2014:
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.
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on March 20, 2014:
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!
Leon Moyer on March 20, 2014:
That, is the most interesting thing I've learned all week. Thank you for sharing. And congratulations on getting the hub of the day!
Kim Lam (author) from California on March 20, 2014:
Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 20, 2014:
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!
Chin chin from Philippines on March 20, 2014:
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.
Natasha from Hawaii on March 20, 2014:
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.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 20, 2014:
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!
Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on March 20, 2014:
Great hub! I love the easy to follow instructions. Thank for posting.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on March 20, 2014:
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.
swilliams on March 20, 2014:
The celery looks like nice eye candy! Yes indeed Voted up beautiful. I love celery. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and information.
Evelia Veronica Rivera from Bridgeport, CT on March 20, 2014:
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 ;)
Kim Lam (author) from California on March 20, 2014:
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.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 20, 2014:
Congrats on the HOTD! I will surely try this next time I buy celery. Thanks for sharing.
Nancy Owens from USA on March 20, 2014:
What a great idea! I am going to try it this spring.
RTalloni on March 20, 2014:
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.
Marissa from United States on March 20, 2014:
Thanks for the tips! I didn't know that you could re-grow celery like this. Congrats on the Hub of the Day!!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 20, 2014:
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.
Meredith Loughran from Florida on March 20, 2014:
OMG! I think I can do this one!
Normally my growing/gardening projects die (I've killed bamboo shoots and cactus).
conradofontanilla on March 20, 2014:
voted useful. celery is an antioxidant.
Ruth Perkins from New England on March 20, 2014:
I love it! Simple, kid-friendly growing & pesticide-free. Thanks so much!
Mary from Cronulla NSW on March 09, 2014:
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
Andrew Spacey from Sheffield, UK on March 09, 2014:
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!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 09, 2014:
Will try this starting today. Thanks for writing this as I've been wondering how to grow celery from a stalk.
Audrey Howitt from California on March 09, 2014:
Very cool!! I will have to give this a try!
JR Krishna from India on March 09, 2014:
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
Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on March 09, 2014:
I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing this!
Dennis Hoyman from Southwestern, Pennsylvania on February 22, 2014:
Thank You ! Turtle Women I am going to try this and let you know how i do. Thanks again Turtle Women.
healthmunsta on December 04, 2013:
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!
Kim Lam (author) from California on September 16, 2013:
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!
poetryman6969 on September 15, 2013:
cool. I may give this a go.
Alex Longsword from Nicaragua on September 14, 2013:
Congratulation for this hub. You really gave a good idea to cultivate this plant at home. Thanks!
Lori Phillips from Southern California USA on September 14, 2013:
Oh, I have a question: Does it have to be in full sun. My kitchen window is shaded. :(
jocent on September 14, 2013:
Good and interesting tip....I surely will try this specially on my aquaponics project. Thanks!!!
snlee from Asia Pacific Regions on September 13, 2013:
Thanks...I will try to see whether I can grow them a tropical country too!
Joey from Michigan on September 13, 2013:
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. :)
MysticMoonlight on September 13, 2013:
What a great idea! Thanks for this advice and tips!
Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on September 13, 2013:
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.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 12, 2013:
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!
Kim Lam (author) from California on September 12, 2013:
Lori, Jackie- Thanks, isn't it amazing?!
MsLizzy- oh that cat of yours...tsk tsk lol! Thanks for sharing my article:-)
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 12, 2013:
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.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 12, 2013:
I do this, and love it, it is cool as Lori says and lots of fun.
Lori Phillips from Southern California USA on September 12, 2013:
Cool! Can't wait to try this! Thanks!