Growing Vegetable Remains

Growing Celery from Cooking Remains!

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I like many vegetables, but one of my favorite is celery!

Celeries are great fresh as crunchy and refreshing addition to your everyday salads. They are also great as additive for curry and soups.

I decided to try growing small innermost pieces of celery after eating majority of the celery bundle.

Inner Part of Celery that was left….

So I finished a bunch of celery, and I kept two inner white celery pieces.


These were very pale in color. I had no idea if they will grow, as they did not appear to have anywhere to grow new roots from.

Day 1: 10th October

I had celery pieces in a clean empty jam jar, with water.


Celery jar was placed by the window, and water was changed every 1-2 days.

2 weeks later… Day 15

To my surprise, celery pieces were living well.

Leaves have turned greener. The leave size has also become larger, compared to before.

Stems have become thicker and stronger, too.


Day 15: 24th October

And look!! On the cut-end of the larger piece, I spotted a few baby roots growing out. WOW!


3 weeks later… Day 20

Now celery pieces were even greener, and roots were growing well.


Day 20: 29th October


Look at these energetic roots!


Second piece is growing well too with long roots growing out.

Now to the soil….

Seeing how well celery pieces are doing in water, and they now have roots to get water from, I planted them into a corner of our garden.

Initially, they need to be watered frequently, as these roots grown in hydroculture tend to be weak and not able to collect as much water in soil.

So I am keeping eye on them in our vegetable garden while watering every morning and afternoon….

I wonder if they will grow larger.

Wouldn’t it be great if we can harvest edible celery from these vegetable remains!?


End of October (Spring in NZ)

How to Grow from Celery Pieces

In summary, so far:

  • Celery pieces (inner most pieces that were small and white) from celery bought from supermarket
  • Celery pieces were placed in glass jar with 5-6cm of water to cover the bottom
  • Water was changed every 1-2 days
  • Celery pieces in water was kept by the window
  • Two weeks later, small roots were emerging from the bottom, cut surface of celery pieces
  • Celery leaves became larger, darker 

to be continued….

-Growing Vegetable Remains

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