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Growing Celery
July 16, 2010
2:35 pm
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tsmith
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When I read about planting the cut off end of store bought celery that was posted in the Farm Bell Blog, I was intrigued.  I had to try it!  Well, here in AZ during the middle of summer, nothing grows.  It wilts and dies.  So, I commandeered a pot with last winter's failed seed experiment and stuck the celery in it.  I placed the pot next to my other indoor houseplants, watered and waited.  What do you know?   I have celery growing!  happy-flower

July 16, 2010
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Didn't have such good luck here.  Yet.

In all fairness, the root end of the celery we tried had almost none of those little root shoot spots on it, so I really didn't expect much from it.  Planted it anyway as a demonstration for the guy who occasionally picks up groceries here…   lips-are-sealed

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July 20, 2010
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Pete, it should root and grow anyway. Mine have, even without little root things on it. It might just take time. Keep it damp and don't let it dry out until its growing.

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July 20, 2010
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There is evidence that it may be doing just that!  At a much slower pace that y'all seem to be experiencing, but what looks like it may be tiny little shoots are appearing between the former stalks!!  Only a few so far, but…   surprised

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July 20, 2010
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I put mine in water last week..and the new stalks are about 1 inch now.

July 21, 2010
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Mine withered up and got dried out while we were at Niagara Falls.  I will have to try again.  I cut mine in half so I could get 2 growing from 1 root–I think that wasn't a good idea.  Next one will be a single root and more watering.

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July 21, 2010
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My initial attempt is still sitting on the kitchen counter in a large lid … it has green leafy shoots about 1″ above the cut.  That's taken nearly two weeks but the weather here, up till today, has been scorching.  I didn't have the heart to condemn it to struggling for survival in that 100+ weather.  Maybe this week … we've slid back to low 90's, thank goodness!!  I have some space opening up under the A-frame supporting runner beans and new cucumbers.

July 21, 2010
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I had three in the garden last month that were all 1 ft tall. I accidentally tilled them up :-(

I have more planted now.

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July 21, 2010
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Mine is growing!!

Clover made me do it.

July 25, 2010
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I plan to pick  one of mine today.

July 27, 2010
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Right after I read the original post, I put mine in a shallow plate of water for a day.  Then I moved it to a medium size flower pot on my back porch planted just as directed.  By the next evening I had green leaves!  I now have such a beautifully green celery plant.  It has three stalks all crowned with “spring”  green leaves that I love .  It has been so hot and muggy that this is like a fresh breath of early morning May air.  Thanks for such great instructions. 

As a child, I would plant carrot tops and sweet potato pieces (just in water) for the greenery – not to reproduce a veggie!.  That was always fun and I would check in the window sill (I did these indoors)  all the time on their progress.

This is even better that I will get a whole new celery – thanks!   hungry

July 27, 2010
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Mine is still growing.  I just hope the heat and flip-flop flood/drought weather doesn't kill it!

Clover made me do it.

July 27, 2010
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Unbelievably, mine is coming along!  Very slow progress, but it has tiny little green sprouts!!

This has been such a good experience, that I am planting a pineapple top today to join the celery on the back deck – up high, away from prying chicken beaks.

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July 27, 2010
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Pete,

Your post just jogged my memory!  I have done that, too!  I had forgotten that when I was in my twenties I planted pineapples.  It seems to me that it grew a spike/stem with a miniature pineapple on top. A little off the subject, but at that same time in my life, I would plant avocados from their pit.  I would use toothpicks to suspend over water until rooting took place.  wave

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July 28, 2010
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This is my first pineapple!   Have done the sweet potato and avocado, with good results, so figured why not!

At least the celery has a good chance of not just being productive, but being useful, other than to look at, not that there is anything wrong with that alone!  Probably need to start one in a pot with fresh soil, though.  My containers tend to get used for several years before I recycle the dirt in them to the compost pile, and replace that dirt with fresh potting soil.

**Note to self: buy potting soil.  Watching for a sale hasn't worked so far this year – just bite the bullet and buy a bag of it!**

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July 28, 2010
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I've grown celery in my garden from starter plants not this way, but I found it wonderful…  not to eat in hand though.  My home grown celery was a bit tough and stringy compared to store bought, and having a very strong flavour.  I'm not sure if it was the variety I got or because I didn't keep it watered enough or what, but to my mind the stronger flavour was a big plus.  It was fantastic in soups, stews, diced very small in salads and stuffing etc.  I diced it up and froze it for later use in cooking and it was so simple because you don't need to blanch or fuss with it, just chop and freeze it loose on a cookie sheet then pop into a freezer bag.  I also like to use the leaves in my cooking more than a lot of people do and I chopped and froze them too!  No matter how you grow it, it's good stuff!

I found that even one time of not checking and frequent watering in hot weather set it back badly.  The two years I grew it successfully, it was just a few plants in a garden plot very near my porch stoop where I could pay close attention to it and water it very often.

The only reason I tried it was because the part of Ohio I'm from has a history of celery farms so I figured I could do it too!  When I found out how hard it was supposed to be I was shocked that I'd done it and the third year was a failure!  LOL

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July 28, 2010
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I had a beautiful little celery plant growing in a bucket and then the rains came and I forgot that my bucket didn't have drain holes in it and my little plant rottted. no

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December 17, 2010
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About one week ago I cut off end of celery and planted it .I moved it around the house wanting it to receive it as much as sun as possible.  So far it has grown an inch. I am so thrilled with the results

January 5, 2011
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Pete,

How did the pineapple planting turn out?

January 5, 2011
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Most of the time when I use celery I just start at the top of the whole stalk and cut away as much as I need. Quite often when I get to the last few inches I will but anoth stalk and the stump sits forgotten in the fridge. The heart often shows substantial growth and the base starts showing root development. About the time I find it I am making soup so I don't get to play with it.

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