A Guide To Re-Growing Celery And Other Stalked Veggies – Updated for 2024

Key Takeaways

  • Start with Scraps: Utilize scraps from stalked veggies like celery, fennel, and bok choy by cutting off the root end and submerging it in water to initiate growth.
  • Simple Regrowth Process: Place the root end in a shallow bowl with water, ensuring it receives natural light. Change the water every 2-3 days and watch for growth within a week.
  • Best Veggies for Regrowth: Celery, fennel, and bok choy are top picks for regrowth due to their ease and nutritional benefits.
  • Nutritional Benefits: These veggies offer a range of health benefits, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective: Re-growing vegetables from scraps is a sustainable practice that minimizes waste and saves money.
  • Soil Transplanting: Once the roots develop, transplant them into soil, maintaining moisture without overwatering, for a full growth cycle.
  • Adaptation to Environment: Some plants, like celery, may require specific conditions such as cooler weather or shaded areas during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Regrowth without Soil: Many stalked vegetables can be regrown in water alone, making the process accessible and straightforward.
  • Garden Use for Scraps: Vegetable scraps can enrich garden soil with nutrients, promoting a healthier garden ecosystem.

Have you ever thought of re-growing celery? Do you like celery and stalked veggies? If so, you may be wondering how it is possible to re-grow them after cutting and have them available each time you need them. 

To re-grow celery or other stalked veggies, you can use scraps for most of them. Typically, you can cut off the root end, find a shallow bowl, and submerge about an inch of the root you just cut. As soon as you see it growing, in about a week, replant it in soil. 

Let’s see how easy it is to re-grow celery and other stalked veggies.

What are Stalked Veggies?

Stalked veggies are plants whose stems are suitable to be eaten. The leaves of some varieties of stalked vegetables can be eaten, too. 

Common stalked veggies are: 

  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Fennel
  • Bamboo
  • Fiddlehead fern
  • White beet
  • Rhubarb
  • Swiss chard
  • Bok Choi
  • Scallions
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks 
  • Shallots

3 Best Stalked Veggies That Re-grow

While several vegetables can regrow from scraps, let’s isolate the best one to regrow. If you think of it, it is a miracle that it is possible to re-grow a vegetable from something typically going to the garbage. Yet, it is possible to get unlimited supplies of one’s favorite veggies exactly from leftovers. 

Some of the benefits of growing vegetables from scraps are:

  • Recycles and minimize waste
  • Save money
  • It is grown naturally with no chemicals
  • Always available for your use

But what are the best-stalked veggies to re-grow? 

1. Re-Growing Celery

Celery is edible in all of its parts: stalk, leaves, and seeds. Initially used for health treatments.

It is now used in cooking. It is a source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It helps reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and other organs, and it is an excellent source of potassium and other minerals. 

Celery can regenerate from its base and grow new stalks. 

To re-grow celery at home, do the following(3):

  1. Cut off the root at the end of the celery stem about two inches from the root.
  2. Procure a shallow glass bowl or jar.
  3. Place the root you just cut into the ball.
  4. Put water in it, enough to get to at least one inch of the root.
  5. Place the bowl in a place where it can get natural light ( but not be burned by it).
  6. Change water every 2-3 days.
  7. In about a week, you can see that it is growing more roots, stalks, and leaves.
  8. Replant it in potting soil or your garden.

When you plant the celery in the soil, first make a hole deep and wide, set the celery in the soil, fill the hole near the root, and leave a bit of the root cut above the soil level. It includes the leaves and the emerging stalks. The soil needs to be kept moist, not wet. 

Celery likes cool weather. If you live in a very hot place, you need to give it shade in the hottest part of the day. It is wise to start growing celery inside and then move it outside in the late summer. 

2. Re-Growing Fennel

It is very much used in Italian cooking. Fennel is slightly sweet and has a pleasant flavor. It is light green and white. It has bulbs with intertwining leaves surrounding two or three stalks. On top of the stalks, there are tiny leaves. 

Fennel contains potassium, sodium, vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B6. 

There are various health benefits derived from consuming fennel, such as building and maintaining bone structure and blood pressure, combating heart diseases, preventing cancer, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, weight management, and supporting the skin. 

The bottom of the bulb has a visible base; that is where the roots grew from. Cut the base and leave a bit of bulb attached. From this part, which is usually going into the garbage, you can re-grow the fennel. 

The procedure is similar to celery, and it is straightforward. The steps to re-grow fennel are:

  1. Cut the base from the rest of the fennel, leaving a bit of the bulb
  2. Get a shallow jar or glass
  3. Fill it with a bit of water
  4. Place the base you cut off in it, with the base looking down
  5. Place it in a place where it can get sunlight
  6. Change water every 2-3 days
  7. After a few days, new roots should start growing from the base
  8. Keep the plant growing in water, harvest it when you need, and let it regrow
  9. Or plant it in the soil. 

Contrary to celery, fennel can be kept in water to re-grow over and over. You have to change the water every couple of days and keep it in sunlight. Or you can transplant it into the soil. 

3. Re-Growing Bok Choy

Bok Choi was introduced to North America from China, where it was used for thousands of years. It is a type of Chinese cabbage. Bok choy tastes similar to cabbage, and it is very healthy food.

It is rich in vitamins A, C, and K. It contains a lot of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure and stroke risk. It also has calcium, which helps to maintain healthy bones. 

The procedure to re-grow bok choy is similar to the other stalked veggies:

  1. Cut the base off the leaves, leaving around 2-3 inches of the base
  2. Fill a container, shallow glass, or jar with an inch of water
  3. Change water every few days
  4. Place it in a spot where it can get sun
  5. As soon as it grows some leaves ( 7-10 days ), plant it in the soil

You can use a potting soil mix. Plant the bok choy in a way to almost completely bury it, with the new leaves pointing up. The soil is to be kept moist, not thoroughly wet, even though you should water the bok choy a lot right after planting ( if you are growing it into a container, make sure the container has drainage holes).

It takes around 2 to 3 months for the total plant to grow. Harvest it by removing the outer part so that the rest of the plant can keep growing. 

Lettuce and cabbage can be regrown from scrap as bok choy, following the exact same instructions. 

Re-Growing Other Stalked Veggies

Other veggies like scallion, onion, garlic, leeks, and shallots re-grow from scraps in the same way as celery, fennel, or bok choi. The procedure is always the same: cut the vegetable’s base, leave a bit of the stem, place it in water, and wait for it to grow. 

It is essential to mention that lettuce, bok choy, and other leafy plants can be re-grown from individual leaves. Rhubarb, instead can be re-grown, re-planting a leaf from the original plant directly in the soil. 

But besides a few exceptions, the re-growing of stalked vegetables is very easy and requires you to cut the base with a bit of stem attached, place it in water, and wait for it to grow. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I re-grow vegetables in water without soil?

Typically, it is possible to re-grow vegetables in water. It is necessary to cut the vegetable base, leaving one or two inches of the stem. Then, place the base in a container with water, put it in a sunny place, and let it grow. Bok choy, cabbage, green onion, lettuce, fennel, and celery are just a few vegetables that can be re-grown without soil.

Are vegetable scraps beneficial or harmful?

Re-growing vegetables from scraps provides a better quality of veggies. Since you are growing them yourself, you will not use any harmful chemicals, pesticides, or other unhealthy products. 
You have complete control over the quality of your veggies. Besides, you are recycling what would go to waste, helping the environment. 

Can you just put vegetable scraps in my garden?

It is possible to use vegetable scraps to provide more nutrients to the soil. Instead of disposing of them with the garbage, one can dig a ditch between your garden plants or in a current unused bed, dump the scraps, and cover it up. The scraps will decompose, providing nutrients to the soil. 

A Final Thought On Re-Growing Stalked Vegetables

Re-growing celery and other stalked veggies is really simple. Anyone can do it. It requires only a few steps and a bit of patience. It is an excellent way to have an unlimited supply of new veggies from scraps. 

Re-growing stalked veggies is an excellent method to recycle and improve your vegetable quality since they grow organically. Not to mention the nutritional values and the money saved from purchasing them from a store. 

Following the steps in this guide, you can do just that!

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