How To Grow Celery From A Store-Bought Head

Okay, so our friend Melody D. left me a fascinating bit of information in my comments section (on the planting garlic update), and I had to blog it in case anybody missed it…

She informed me that you can actually grow new celery from a store-bought head. You know the bottom part of the celery that you always cut off and dispose of…


Isn’t that the most awesome thing ever?!

I’m definitely gonna have to try that and let you know how it goes. But in the meantime, I found this great tutorial on how it’s done: Re-Growing Celery. Check it out.

Have any of you ever re-planted celery? I’d love to know if you’ve tried this, and how it went for you!

11 thoughts on “How To Grow Celery From A Store-Bought Head”

  1. I don’t know if you know this but you can do the same thing with scallions. All you do is cut the roots and a tiny bit of the white part of the scallion and plant it. All that has to be covered with dirt are the roots. I mash down on the dirt around the roots and that’s it. I know this works because I do it all the time. Thanks, Penny

  2. Thanks for posting this. It reminded of a some information I heard when I was visiting my husband when he was “deployed” to Hawaii. We went to the Dole plantation and they said that you could use the top part of the pinapple to grow a new plant. You use the top 1/2 inch or so of the flesh and keep the leaves on it. It will only produce two frut and it takes quite a bit of time. The plant is very pokey so they wear long sleaves and long gloves to harvest. They said it take 23 months for the first fruit so grow and 18 months after that for the second one. I just thought I would share this little tid bit. I will be attempting to start to grow one this nextyear so we will see how it goes.

  3. I attempted this a couple of times this summer, but it failed. It grew roots, started shooting up from the middle with leaves and small stalks, then rotted. I am going to try again next year in my greenhouse.

  4. This was on my mind as I was chopping celery for Thanksgiving meal. I figured you could get it to root just like potatoes, avocado seed, onions and such, just didn’t know anyone who had done it. Thank you for the post, now I’ll have to try it too. I can hardly wait now to see how you do.

  5. I am so glad to hear about this! Celery is on the “DIRTY DOZEN” list for its pesticide contamination. I would love to buy organic to get away from the pesticides but just can’t afford it. However, if I can regrow it from the throw away, that organic celery will be a LOT more affordable! I am so excited to go try this now!!!
    Thanks, Kendra, for another great post!

  6. Just so you know you can do this with onions too! Found an onion growing in my counter top compost pail, I had accidentally left it un emptied when we took our thanksgiving trip.


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