Celery is a long stem which can be used as a salad or cook it. It is a fresh vegetable that can be eaten every season and requires lots of moisture and a cold temperature to grow.
Mostly celery comes with stems or leaves when you buy it, and if you do not know, here is an interesting fact – you can regrow it. Yes, you do not need to throw the whole celery out, but you can grow it with your herbs.
It comes to you like an entire plant with stems and leaves. It requires either full sunlight or even partial sunlight. If you are growing the celery from seeds, it can take up to 130 to 140 days for your celery to grow; however, it grows faster if you cut it from the stalk. Whichever you prefer to do, make sure that it requires a cold temperature, so grow them in early spring or fall for beautiful results.
Things you need to keep in mind before you start growing your celery. These factors are essential as they will tell you the correct nutrients and ingredients for growing your celery; these can be applied to any vegetable and are the most common.
Nutrients – Every plant needs ample nutrients to grow, and so does celery. If you wish to make your nutrients at home, you can either have compost tea or liquid fertilizer. However, when your plant starts to grow big, it is recommended to use high nitrogen fertilizer, the one which is rich in potassium. You need to make sure to feed your plant every day just like your child.
Soil – Celery grows best in pH-neutral soil. Since celery requires a lot of moisture, you should probably have some mulch in the soil so that the celery gets enough moisture, and if you don’t want to get mulch, you can get any medium that can hold moisture for your celery.
Types of Celery – In some regions, there are many celery varieties; however, there is no type if you see. There are only two celeries – one with leaves and one without. But this method can be used for any celery. Do not worry about what you want; you will have fresh and gorgeous celery in your home.
Pests – All vegetables, herbs, leaves, fruits, pretty much any eatable item you wish to grow will attract pests, for sure. You can use plenty of methods not to let pests eat your veggies, like using eggshells in the soil or copper tape. You can even use beer in a saucer and set a trap for the pests.
Below are the steps on how you can regrow your celery from cuttings. You can use a seed to grow it too, but that takes more time, approximately 130-140 days, and if you grow it by cutting it, it will automatically take lesser time.
Step 1 – Cutting
The first thing that you must do is buy fresh celery and cut it from the button. You need to keep one thing in mind while cutting – make sure to leave at least an inch between the base and the stalk.
Just like in the figure, when you will buy celery from the market, it will come tied; if not, you can tie it like in the picture and cut it where it is shown. The cut should have a complete base and enough upper part for the new leaves to grow.
After you have cut your celery, wash it 3-4 times to remove any dirt on it. Use only cold water to wash it, then pat it dry with a cloth. While washing, pay close attention between the stalks too, do not leave out any portion from top to bottom and inside out.
Sometimes it so happens that you have washed the celery thoroughly, and little bugs are roaming inside it, so make sure to clean it properly.
Step 2 – Filling
The next step requires a deep, shallow bowl, just like in the picture. Fill the bowl with clean water up to 1/3rd of the bowl. When you pick a container for your plant, make sure that it can hold your stalk, the bottom should be completely submerged in the water, leaving the top open.
Do not let your stalk be too deep. It would help if you made sure that the celery base is the only part dipping in the water since the roots will come out from the center of the stalk. Too much water and too little water both will hamper the growth of celery.
Step 3 – Resting
Take your bowl filled with water and stalk and place it in the place of your house where the sunlight comes and stays the most. It can be your balcony, or a window, or maybe if you have a greenhouse.
You need to make sure that your planet has all the nutrients it needs. Please do not keep it in a place where the sunlight comes and goes since that would intercept the celery’s growth.
Keep your plant in the natural sunlight for about 6-7 hours every day or even more. If you feel that your plant is not getting enough sunlight, you can use LED lights and put them underneath them.
LED lights have the same or almost the same amount of light as that of the sun. So, if you have the urge to grow something but worry about the sun, you can use the lights.
Step 4 – Washing
Change the water for your plant daily; as you can see, the water will get soaked up through the plant in the first few days. Therefore, you need to fill your bowl every day with fresh water. Keeping the water the same every day will make it stagnant. You can also spray the water onto the stalk.
You should see some changes in your stalk for about a week, like tiny roots coming out from the center of the base. The leaves will initially be yellow but will start to turn green as they grow.
The leaves will get large, and the new plants will be thicker and green. These changes should take place within a week; however, it also depends on how strong your sunlight is, the water is.
Step 5 – Planting
When your celery has grown and the leaves have come out, it is time to plant it in the soil. Take a pot and fill it with soil, and do not forget the much or any medium containing moisture. Fill the pot with 2/3rd with soil, take your plant and cover it with soil completely, leaving only space for the new shoots to grow from the center.
When you plant your celery in the soil, add excess water to the soil as it will now need more of it. Now all you got to do is pour water, and let the natural sunlight fall on your beautiful plant, and it will bloom like a flower.
If the climate is right in your area, you can also directly plant it in your vegetable garden, line it with your herbs, or keep it separate; whichever way you feel like, you can do it.
Never throw your vegetables out, not when you can grow them, have a beautiful vegetable garden of your own, and never worry about getting the right size. Having a vegetable garden or even herbs garden including few items like celery or spring onions is not always that hard.
You can quickly grow them without any extra effort whatsoever. Celery is eaten in any way; you can eat it fresh with hummus, or in a salad, basically whichever way you want.
Regrowing celery, with the help of cuttings, is probably the fastest way to grow them out. Not only it takes less time for them to grow, but it is easy too.
You must keep in mind that there is only one thing while growing the celery that it requires a lot of moisture, and of course, nutrients and sunlight. Without them, no plant can grow. And the best part is that vegetables like celeries proliferate and are loved by all.