Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

Here and there, I have read what you can do with celery after it loses its oomph. For instance, one source said you could cut the stalk down to a three inch nub and use the cut end as a rubber stamp. Well now, I have been a rubber stamping enthusiast for 22 years and while I own a rubber stamp or two (understatement of the year, bwahahahahaha), I did not have a stamp resembling the flowery image a celery nub produces.

Before I got around to a lunatic session of stamping the night away with my old celery stalks, I read of another idea.  I could, again, reduce the celery to a three inch nub and plant it to grow more celery. This sounded less plausible than the rubber stamp so, of course, it had to be tested right away. I pulled a less-than-prime hunk of celery from the ‘fridge, lopped it off, took the loppings to my composter, and then plopped the nub in the garden.

In the department of Won’t Wonders Never Cease, I went out to the garden after two days of rain and was amazed to find new growth:


17 thoughts on “PLAYING WITH CELERY”

  1. I have heard of planting the celery nub recently too. We plan to do it with some celery we just bought. I’ll let you know how quickly and if it comes out the same for us. I love the stamping idea too! Was just telling hubby of your “wall” of rubber stamps! Never seen so many in one place besides the craft store!

    1. Lynn – If you’ve recently heard of planting the nub, then I suspect it was on Facebook. Did you have to give away the extent of my insanity with the rubber stamps? Nobody needed to know I have a “wall” of them.

  2. well, now, you could have wrapped an elastic band around the lopped off parts (before lopping of course) and then used the cut edge of the lopped part for your stamping and done both your experiments !!! but the quick growth is amazing….

  3. That is so neat to know. Bet you could just keep cutting the stalks as they grew bigger, leaving the root to grow more. Like my Mom used to do with collards and cabbage. Looking forward to trying this one. Thanks for sharing.

      1. It makes me think about the pineapple tops that were cut off the pineapple. They root too when put in the ground and even produce a new pineapple in a couple of years if we have not had any hard freezes.
        I think it is neat that the celery works on the same principal.

  4. Well now that is a keeper of a garden hint…it will however have to wait until next summer for Colorado! I ain’t seen a pic of the wall o’ stamps!?

    1. Duncan — Dunno how my celery is going to fare. Going down to 31 tonight and I don’t have it covered. My row of cabbage, however, is covered. The wall o’stamps? Seriously, do you really think I would post that on my blog and prove my insanity? Nope, not happenin’.

  5. I’ve heard of this idea but haven’t tried it yet (mind you I live FAR north of you, and would have to hope celery can grow fast so I can enjoy some during my short summers). It’s definitely worth trying. Did it do well, and grow well for you? Thanks for sharing this tip 🙂 ~Gina

    1. Gina – Considering how quickly new leaves popped up, I think this works BUT my celery didn’t make it. It could have been the freezing weather we had or it could have been that it was just a little too far gone by the time I got it planted. I will try it again. I need to get out there and dig it up to see if it sprouted roots but I just haven’t had time this week.

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