I cannot remember exactly where I first saw this (as usual), perhaps on a pinterest board, but I thought it was a neat idea. I know there are many things you can grow from food you buy at the grocery store - we've grown grape tomatoes from seeds we saved from store-bought tomatoes, but I would never have considered celery. After all, what you eat has been chopped off with no thought as to propagation. But since I'm always up for a little gardening adventure, as long as that adventure doesn't involve bugs, at any stage of development, I thought I'd give it a try.
On Tuesday, we whacked off the celery, leaving 2-3 inches at the bottom, and placed it in a bowl of warm water. Some sites said to do this overnight and then plant it outside, and some said you could leave it in the water for a week. After finding out more about growing celery, I decided to leave it in for a week because we were not yet staying consistantly above 40 degrees at night.
The yellow in the middle are tiny, squished together leaves.
This is what it looked liked Sunday afternoon.
There is definately some growth there. There's even a tiny stalk you can just see, starting to peek out on one side. I don't yet see anything that remotely looks like it's trying to grow roots, but since the weather is suposed to go no lower than fifty this coming week, I think I'm going to plant it out and see what it does. We may still have a night or two of colder weather in our future, but hey, it can't hurt to try. I should at least be able to find out if it will work fairly well.
I've found other sites that suggest using whole seed spices, seeds saved from fruits or vegetables, and even store bought ginger root to add to your garden. Just find out the particular growing habits of whatever it is you want to grow and give it a try. I'll try to remember to do a follow up post to let you know how it turned out.
I've linked this post with the Homestead Barn Hop. There are always lots of interesting links.