I don't think this is going to work - Celery

Sweet Tatorman's picture

I have never grown celery but was inspired to at least look into it by a posting by forum member Lathechuck. I found several mentions during an online search of the possibility of rooting and planting the butt end of a celery bunch. I gave it a try as seen in the photo below. Things started out well with visible growth of the top within a day. Unfortunately even after a week's time there was no root development. I removed it from the container shown and treated the bottom with the rooting hormone Indole-3-butyric acid and set the celery butt on a damp paper towel for several days then returned it to the pictured container. Four days further on there is still no significant degree of root development. I will give it a few more days but have little expectation of satisfactory result.

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Actually, my mother does this all the time (or she did).
She grows the celery ends on the window sill exclusively for the new green growth.
She snips them off and puts them in the soup.

She does NOT try to grow a new celery plant.
Once the celery end has grown a few sets of lives, it dies and it's off to the compost bin.

You haven't failed. You've got fresh soup greens.

ClareBroommaker's picture

What you did get looks nice and healthy. Try again! Have you sometimes seen your celery grow roots even when you weren't attempting that? I have, but I don't think I could tell you what conditions caused it. Uh, other than probably sitting in the refrigerator a long time.

I tried growing celery from seed, once but did not like the results-- scrawny, short, and bitter. This year I am going to find if I like lovage for the same purposes....We shall see...

Sweet Tatorman's picture

I do not actually use much celery. Typically I buy 3 or 4 bunches around the first week of July to make large batches of borscht for freezing and not at all the rest of the year. The bunch providing the butt end pictured was the exception which I purchased to try as a component of leek/sweetpotato soup which I have been experimenting with this year. I have never had any that hung around in the fridge for any length of time. BTW, treatment with the rooting hormone did not produce any effect.