Regrowing celery from stalks in the fridge is a fun and productive way to use the stem ends of celery. You’ll see remarkable results in days and if you want, you can transplant the celery outdoors and have a great harvest at the end of the growing season.
Celery ends are another kitchen scrap that you can regrow quite successfully just like green onions and romaine lettuce. If you’re like us, you go through a few celery bunches and can have a whole collection like we do here – a fresh cut stalk, one that’s been in water for couple of weeks and one that’s been potted.
Step by Step Instructions for Regrowing Celery
1. Eat celery stalks, cutting the stalks at about 1 to 2 inches from the bottom.
3. Place on a window sill or under grow lights.
4. Change water every 1 to 2 days.
5. Watch the celery grow new shoots. Also notice that the color of the celery deepens to a lovely green. As the center grows, you’ll want to peel back and discard some of the outer layers as they start to decay.
6. If you look at the bottom of your celery, you may see roots develop as well. A good sign that you can transplant your celery to a pot or into the garden.
How cool is that? I’ve done this several times and am always impressed by how quickly the celery turns green and starts sprouting new shoots. If you don’t want to go any further than this step – that’s fine. Use these greens in soups or salads for a fresh flavor burst.
After about 20 days, take the celery out of the water, strip off some of the yucky outer layers that don’t have any growth and plant the celery in a pot of soil. I’m actually not sure how long the celery would continue to grow in just water, I’ve always put it in soil after at around 20 days figuring it must need nutrients at some point.
Transplanting Celery Outdoors
Last year, I transplanted two celery plants I had regrown from stalks outside.
They grew into giant plants, I was so impressed! Here’s a look at mid-summer.
Here’s one of the plants at the end of the summer.
Whether you grow celery from seed, from fridge scraps or from greenhouse transplants, celery needs a lot of consistent watering to turn into crunchy, delicious stalks. If it doesn’t get enough water as it is growing, it will be tough and taste quite sharp. So water your celery frequently and deeply for best flavor, if not the celery will still be quite tasty in soups and other recipes.
Growing green things on my windowsill from kitchen scraps brightens the long winter days. Here’s our latest fridge grown romaine lettuce head.
I’d love to hear your experience regrowing things from the fridge.
Other posts on regrowing kitchen scraps including my earlier, less successful attempts:
Will you try regrowing celery from the stalk end? Let me know how things go if you do.
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