Monday, 27 May 2013

Growing Your Own Celery


It's been well documented across the internet how to grow your own celery.  So, based on this easy-peasy process, I thought I'd give it a go myself and write my own version of events.

First things first, all you need is a celery bunch with the root end still attached (ie: the bottom bit which keeps all the stalks together and not individual celery sticks).  Plus a ramekin or small pot with cold water.



Method
  • Fill the ramekin/pot half full with cold water.
  • Getting the end of the bunch, remove some of the outer stalks if possible, cut about an inch (3-4 cms) above the root. 

Cutting the celery bunch
  • Place the root end into the ramekin/pot.

Root end in the ramekin


  • Place on a warm windowsill to ensure it gets warmth and light.
  • After a few days you'll notice green shoots appearing which signifies growth. 

Root end with shoots


  • Keep adding fresh water, as you'll notice the water levels dipping as the celery root end consumes it.
  • After a couple of weeks you'll notice even more growth and miniature celery stalks with leafy ends will appear.


Miniature celery stalks
  • When the root end becomes quite 'leafy', it will then be time to pot it into soil to promote further growth.


Leafy ends - ready for planting

  • In an average sized plant pot, place some multi-purpose compost and fill it half way.


Celery being planted before the final layer of soil is added


  • Place the celery root end on top of the soil and then  cover with more soil to the top of the pot.
  • Water well and place back onto the windowsill.
  • After a few days/a week, you'll see that the celery will appear through the soil.

Celery appearing through the soil

  • After a couple of weeks, you can re-pot the celery into a larger pot if you feel you'd like to grow a bigger plant or if you'd like to keep it as a smaller plant, you can leave it as it is.
  • At this point, the celery will be ready to use and eat.
Celery - ready to eat

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And it's as simple as that!

Whatever you chop from the plant, it should re-grow (fingers crossed).  However, the stalks won't be as per the large bunches you find in the supermarket but they are still celery and are perhaps more suited as a salad garnish.

Seeing as when you buy celery from the shops, when preparing it, the root is always chopped away and disposed of before eating, but this is a great way of using it and creating a new plant for your own use. 

It's perfect for flat/apartment owners that don't have much capacity to be green fingered and it's also a fun and easy introductory indoor gardening exercise for children so that they can see how from a small root end, actually edible celery grows! 

Good luck!

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