Zombie Celery (part 1)
Sometimes I get tired of waiting for the snow to melt and for things to start coming out of the ground (yes, I think of spring volunteer veggies and herbs like zombies rising from graves). I’ve always been aware that one can start new house plants by taking off a chunck of existing plant and putting the cutting in water until it roots, so I started thinking there might be some store bought produce we could do that with.
Arise! Zombie Celery!!
We use a lot of celery at our house and we usually just take the stalks off and throw the base into the compost bin. I’ve decided we’ll never do that again! I started resurrecting my first celery base Dec 9th, 2012. I wish I could say it took lots of work and magic, but I just cut the stalks off the top about 2″ from the bottom and put the remaining base in a tray of water. I placed the whole thing in a south facing window and then we waited…
Within a week the center of the base had started growing little leaves and the outside layers had started turning brownish. It takes in a lot of water- approx 1.5 cups every 3 to 5 days!
I took photos again this morning to show how much it’s progressed in about a week (see top image!) The outside has continued to brown, the leaves have grown substantially, and it’s still sucking up lots of water. So far no sign of roots, but when they show up, I’ll transplant it into soil. Then we’ll do a follow up article on how it grew there and how it tastes!
I plan on trying this method with the bottom of lettuce heads and cuttings of herbs as well! I hear basil roots quickly. Rumor has it you can also plant carrot tops; however they don’t produce new carrots, just the green leafy tops and seeds.
While we’ll still be going to the store this winter for produce, I’m excited to try this method just to keep my thumb green over the cold dark days ahead. AND when the zombie apocalypse happens, grab the fresh produce in addition to the non-perishables! We have yet another survival skill to set us apart- an easy way to start new indoor veggies before our outdoor seeds poke their heads up!