Re-grow Celery From a Stalk

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Re-grow celery from a stalk – an activity for gardeners of all ages. Re-growing celery from a stalk is not only easy, but also rewarding and fun. This activity will help to get children interested in the miracles of gardening and teach them how a plant grows.

*This activity was adapted from an idea found on Pinterest from 17 Apart Blog.

  • Supplies:
    • organic stalk of celery
    • shallow bowl or dish
    • spray bottle of water
    • encyclopedia
    • seed packet (optional)
    • gardening journal
    • pencil
    • eraser
    • art supplies of choice
  • Wash the stalk of celery and place it with the stalks facing up in a shallow bowl filled with tepid water. Change this water every few days. You can also gently water the leaf tips with a spray bottle. If interested in doing an experiment with variables, have your gardeners place another stalk in sand (without water), and another right into prepared soil. Have them observe and document their findings in the gardening journal.
  • When planted in the shallow bowl of water, you should begin to see little leaf shoots appear in the center of the stalk within a few days.
  • After about a week, transfer the stalk to an outside garden or indoor container (depending on the time of year). Bury the stalk in fertile soil so that only the new little leaf tips are showing.
  • If planted in a container, “harden off” the seedling before replanting outside.
    • When planting seedlings it is important to first “harden them off”. This simply means taking them outside for increasing periods of time each day over one week and exposing them to more and more weather conditions each day. For example:
      • Day 1: place your seedlings in a shady spot protected from wind for two hours (set a timer with an alarm to make sure you don’t forget about them). Bring them back inside after the two hours.
      • Day 2: place your seedlings in the same place for four hours.
      • Day 3: place your seedlings in a place with protected sun such as under a tree for four hours.
      • Day 4: place your seedlings in the same place and increase the time to five hours.
      • Day 5: place your seedlings in a place that gets partial sun for five hours.
      • Day 6: place your seedlings in a the same place for 7 hours.
      • Day 7: place your seedlings in the same place for 9 hours.
      • Make sure that you monitor your plants and adjust care as needed.
      • You are now ready to plant your seedlings in the garden.
    • Using a garden trowel, dig an appropriate sized hole where the seedling will be planted.
    • Remove the seedling from its pot and place it in the hole. If the seeds were planted in compostable pots, you can simply place the seedling along with the pot in the hole.
  • Once planted, either outdoors or indoors, continue with regular gardening maintenance (weeding, watering, etc).
  • Remove stalks as needed for using and enjoy not having to go to the grocery store!
  • For additional learning (for older children): using an encyclopedia and a seed packet, have your gardeners learn about celery. Have them research and document their findings in their gardening journals. Find answers to questions such as:
    • What country did it originate from? Include a picture of a flag on the notebook page.
    • What makes it nutritious?
    • When can it be planted?
    • What is the depth and spacing used when planting it in a garden?
    • How many days until harvest?
    • What favorite recipes can it be used in?
    • Include any other useful and helpful information desired.