Vegetables can sometimes be a challenge growing from seed, but like most plants they are easy to propagate. Celery is a great example of this, needing plenty of care and attention when growing from a little seedling, but a simple task when growing from an already established plant. If you want to add this amazing, easy-to-grow vegetable to your garden this year here are a few simple steps to follow.
- Cut the root end off a store-bought celery stalk, leaving around 2 inches.
- Put in a bowl of shallow water. (Putting toothpicks in the sides so it doesn’t sit directly on the bottom of the bowl allows more space for roots to establish.) Place bowl in a window that receives plenty of light and change water every few days.
- Leaves should emerge in a few days and stalks and roots in about a week. Don’t worry if the outer stalks start turning brown, this is normal.
- Plant the flourishing celery in your garden after the roots have grown about an inch long. Plant so new leaves and stalks are above the soil and a little of the old stalks. Celery does well in cool temperatures with rich soil that is moist but not wet. Fertilize to help with nutrients and provide shade if it gets too much hot afternoon sun.
- Reap the rewards! When the stalks have grown tall, take the outer layers whenever you need and let the rest of the plant replenish stalks so you have celery all summer long!