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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Apr 18, 2018 7:43 AM CST
Intheswamp said:@Saltflower @GardenerBob
April 4, 2018:
Ok, two days ago I took the root-end of a celery plant and stuck some toothpicks in the outer leaves to have something to rest on the edge of a glass of water. In only two days there is growth in the center of the cut stalks. I don't see any roots yet, but this is encouraging...if nothing else, it's just plain cool. ;) Thanks for sharing the idea Bob!!!

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I posted the above photo and message a couple of weeks ago showing a celery stump that I was attempting to root. GardenerBob had given me inspiration to try this and I think a few others are trying it.

It has been almost a couple of weeks since I posted the images above. The celery has grown but we are just now getting our first root as shown at the lower right side of the stump. Does this progress and time frame seem about right? The plant seems healthy but I'm thinking it needs to soon get planted so it can begin to get nourishment. Is there something for now that I can add to the water to give it a little nourishment for the time being (hydroponics come to mind)? Maybe a drop of Miracle Gro or dissolve a few grains of Tomato-Tone in some water? I'm going to have to re-position one or more of the toothpicks as one of the outer leaves/stalks is beginning to give way causing the stump to list to one side. Here's a shot of it this morning. This little sprig of celery isn't going to feed a village, but I think it's pretty cool. Thumbs up

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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Apr 18, 2018 7:45 AM CST
And, it probably needs more sunlight, too. But, setting it outside I'd have to figure out a shade for the jar...maybe just wrap in in aluminum foil or something. Then there's the rodents...squirrels and chipmunks. Grumbling
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Stush2019
Apr 18, 2018 7:48 AM CST
And to think I just threw my away. I'm trying it next. Thanks.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 18, 2018 10:54 AM CST
Yo Ed
I'm surprised it hasn't already rotted away.
Of course I've never had any luck with rooting anything in water.
I allways root in soil.
So, you know ???
If rot hasn't set in, get her in ground, or a small pot. Plant her maybe a quarter inch deep.
If she doesn't make it .
Next time, if you can, trim a small bit of base off.
Sprinkle some cinnamon on it, and root in small pot or ground.

Picture of yours looks pretty green.
But it really needs to go outside, they are a cool weather crop, if it's WAY, below freezing you could bring it in at nite.

Good luck my friend. 👍👍
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Name: Chris
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FoolOnTheHill
Apr 18, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Eh...stick it in some soil now. I do this all the time, and stick them in the soil when they're about the size of your current pic. Keep it watered...dry = death for celery sprouted this way. If it rots, throw it out Shrug! , but it should be fine. BTW - I don't even bother with the toothpicks. Just put the celery stump in a shallow basin and keep about half an inch of water in there. Some rot in the rooting stage in the basin, but I'd say 3/4 of mine survive to soil and do well. That is until I move them outside in the summer with everything else, and they at some point dry out and die. But, that's just my priorities. YMMV
Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Apr 19, 2018 6:01 AM CST
If I get a chance today I'll stick it in some soil. So far it's been a fun experiment...if we get to eat some celery sticks that's even more fun. :)
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Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Birds Beekeeper Bee Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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Intheswamp
Apr 20, 2018 8:27 AM CST
Well, I spent all day yesterday getting the vegetable garden ready for planting so I never managed to get the celery planted. Maybe this weekend. But, it does have a new root developing!!! Hurray!
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