Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Celery from Old

     I read that you could take the end of a bunch of celery and start a new one with it. I get so many end pieces of celery from both work and home. I decided to try it. You only need to have about an inch or an inch and a half of the end of celery where the roots had originally been. When you buy celery, the roots have been cut off, but when you slice a very thin piece off that end and stick it in some moist potting soil, it will root and begin to grow more celery.

A pot with my celery ends getting rooted.

Look at the new growth in the short piece.

This is what the end piece looks like when the white
roots begin to grow.

This one had hardly any root growth, but it was starting
a new growth in the center.

     Another thing I like to grow is called Cutting Celery. It's often found with herbs. It looks just like flat leaf parsley, but it tastes and smells like celery and works great whenever you need that celery flavor, but not the crunchy pieces. I dry it out and keep it in a jar in my kitchen for soup and casseroles.

Cutting Celery

     The cutting celery grows really well and is an easy plant to care for. Try some!

29 comments:

  1. This is a great tip, Patrice! I didn't know this. I will definitely try it. :)

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  2. That just amazes me...would have NEVER thought of growing celery in the first place, let alone from "old" stalks!!! You rock!!!

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  3. Great tip! I started celery from seed this year and it's taking a ridiculously long time to grow. I'm going to try this method, now!

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  4. Makes sense, same works for potatoes? after all we are eating root veggies.. thanks for passing this on.

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  5. That's amazing.

    I like the sound of the Cutting Celery...the flavour without the hard bits. Think I'll look that one out.
    My Green Fingers have had some work to do this past week, but I'm dying to really get into it properly. We wont be able to plant outside for a while yet, but it's been great even planting seed in seedtrays.

    Roll on summer!

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  6. Wow! Didn't know that! I love the idea of cutting celery - love the flavor but not always enjoy hitting the big pieces in sauces and the like.

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  7. I never knew this. It looks like it would be fun to do with kids, too.

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  8. Thanks for both of these tips! I'm going to try the celery for sure. I've also heard you can store it at least for a while in a cool, dark place (basement, root cellar)by putting the end of it in a bucket moist sand..

    ~Chris

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  9. That is awesome, the one thing I have never had a bit of trouble growing is celery. I always wondered if that would work as I have had it start growing in my fridge well, just roots. My mother-in-law would do that to the top of a pineapple and even got them to produce tiny little pineapples.

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  10. Seriously, its that easy? I have to try that!

    I know that with hydragenas, you can just cut off one branch and stick that in the ground and it will grow a whole new plant. Now I like that... I wonder what else you can do this easily...

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  11. Thanks for the tips! I'm definately going to try it. I'm also going to have to keep an eye out for the cutting celery. I've never seen it before.

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  12. What a great idea. Thanks! I'm doing this right away.

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  13. that is awesome! I am definitely going to try this!

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  14. Well, I sure learned something new today! I have to try this and also be on the lookout for cutting celery. Never heard of it.

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  15. Love homegrown celery. It's so much tastier than that in the grocery store. Great tip!!
    Staci

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  16. Pretty cool idea. Will have to try it!

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  17. Thanks 4 the info on the celery. I need to try that. I hate buying a whole stock of celery just for a couple of pieces.
    Have a great day.
    http://mysouthwestramblings.blogspot.com/

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  18. This is so great to know about! Last year I discovered that I could break off pieces of my basil plant and stick them directly into moist soil. They grow into a new basil plant quickly.
    I'm going to try the celery too!

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  19. That is totally awesome!! I'm going to try that today. Thank you, thank you for this great idea. I found you thru Farm Friend Friday and just love your blog, so I'm joining to follow.

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  20. What a great tip! I will have to try that out! Cheri

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  21. How cool is that Patrice? I had no idea. Looks really easy :) I’m going to try to start some.

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  22. Great idea! Thanks! Found your blog by way of Homeschool on the Croft!

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  23. My son is going to LOVE doing this! And maybe it will make him eat more celery! Thanks!

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  24. Mom says she'll do that. Thanks for the tip.
    I have to say I don't like celery:)
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

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  25. That is so cool! I might have to try this. Right now I have celery seeds just starting to sprout, but your way sounds so much easier.

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  26. Works for green onions too, just save a tiny bit of the bottom, and keep it in water.

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  27. I have "cutting celery" coming up for the 2nd year from where the flat leaf parsley over-wintered ... now I know what it is! Thanks for the info!

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  28. I heard about this, gave it a try and it really does work,Love the idea,saves me time from seed growing! LOVE IT

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