How to Grow Celery from a Stalk

Learning to grow celery from a stalk is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to expand your gardening horizons. Celery is a Mediterranean plant that is popular for its many health benefits, versatility, and irresistible crunch. While celery can be difficult to grow outdoors in many climates, growing celery from a stalk indoors is simple. Once you grow your own celery from a stalk, you can use your new celery stalk base to repeat the process and have fresh, homegrown celery all year long.

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EditPreparing the Celery Stalk in a Bowl
Cut the celery stalks from the base to make room for new stalks to grow. Using a long, sharp knife, cut the celery stalks about to from the base. This will provide room for new stalks to grow without removing the necessary nutrients.[1]
Thoroughly clean the cut celery stalk base with water and pat dry with a paper towel or cloth.

Make sure that you have cleaned the celery stalk base well and have cleaned the stalk of any dirt, debris, or bugs.

Put the celery stalk base in a to deep bowl partially filled with warm water. Using warm water will stimulate the growth of the new celery stalks.[2] Place the cut and cleaned celery stalk base in a bowl with the bottom of the plant down and the recently cut portion facing up.
Make sure that the bowl you use is clean and deep enough to hold several ounces of water without spilling over.

Fill the bowl with enough water so that about 2/3 of the celery stalk base is submerged, approximately to depending on the size of your celery stalk base.

Store the celery stalk base in the bowl in a sunny place for 5 to 7 days. It is crucial that your celery stalk base gets a lot of natural light. To generate the energy it needs to grow, your celery stalk will need an average of about six to seven hours of natural light per day.[3]
If you do not have a place indoors that receives enough natural light, you can learn how to use grow lights. This will help you re-create the conditions necessary for your celery to grow.

Change the water regularly. As your celery stalk begins to grow, it will absorb a significant amount of the water surrounding the stalk. It is important that you replenish the water so that your celery can continue to flourish.
Check the water level in the bowl containing your celery stalk daily. Top off the water in the bowl as needed so that 2/3 of your celery stalk remains submerged.

Change the water every 2 to 3 days. This will ensure that your celery stalk has the clean water it needs to grow tall and strong.[4]

EditTransplanting the Celery Stalk into Soil
Check your celery for signs that it is ready to be transplanted. After 5 to 7 days, your celery stalk base should have begun to grow new shoots and should be ready to transfer into a pot with soil.[5] There are a few signs that indicate that your celery stalk is ready to be transplanted.
The outside of the celery stalk base should have begun to brown and break down. While the appearance may be concerning, this is a normal and essential part of the growth process. The old celery stalk breaks down in order to create natural nutrients for the new stalk to grow. [6]
Tiny sprouts of new growth have begun to spring up. This is a sure sign that the celery stalk is producing new growth and is ready to be transplanted.

Fill about 2/3 of the planting pot with high quality general use potting soil. You will want to use your own judgement here, as the exact amount of potting soil needed will vary depending on the size of your celery stalk.
The size of the planting pot will also vary depending on how wide your celery stalk base is. On average, a celery stalk base is about wide. To allow room for the celery to grow, you will likely want to choose a planting pot that is at least wide and tall.[7]
The goal is to fill the pot with enough soil so that you can add more around and on top of the celery stalk base so that only the new sprouts are sticking out.

Plant the celery stalk in the potting soil. Gently lift your celery stalk out of the bowl and place it in the center of your planting pot on top of the potting soil. Adding just a little at a time, slowly cover the original celery stalk base with new soil, leaving only the new celery shoots sticking out at the top.

Water your new celery plant generously. While you want to be careful not to overwater your plant, it is crucial that your celery plant continues to get plenty of water so that it can continue to flourish. While there is no steadfast rule about how often you should water your celery plant, there are a few ways to ensure that your plant is getting the water it needs.
Check if the soil is dry. If there is little moisture to the touch, your plant probably needs to be watered.

Examine the growing celery for deterioration, yellowing, or brown spots. If any of these are present, your celery is not getting the water it needs. Celery requires a lot of water to grow strong, so if your new growth shoots appear discolored, dry, or small, water more often or use a spray bottle daily.[8]

Watch as your celery stalk grows into a new celery plant. With the proper amount of sunlight and water, your celery stalk will grow into a new celery plant that can be harvested, eaten, and enjoyed!
Usually, it takes about 5 months from the time that you first cut the original celery stalk for the new plant to grow completely.[9]
After you have harvested your new celery plant, you can repeat this process and grow more celery at no additional cost.

EditThings You’ll Need
Celery stalk

Bowl

Water

General use potting soil

Planting pot

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Today in History for 6th June 2019

Historical Events

1844 – Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) formed by George Williams in London
1919 – The Republic of Prekmurje ends
1946 – Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
1972 – Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
1981 – 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
1988 – 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant

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Famous Birthdays

1807 – Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1866)
1933 – Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), born in Buchs, Switzerland (d. 2013)
1965 – Sally McDermid, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
1969 – Sunil Joshi, Indian cricketer (Indian Test left-arm spinner 1996-2001), born in Gadag, Karnataka, India
1975 – Niklas Sundstrom, Ornskoldsvik Swe, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
1987 – Daniel Logan, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), born in Auckland, New Zealand

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Famous Deaths

1730 – Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France, dies at 83
1740 – Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
1956 – Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74
1963 – William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), dies at 50
1976 – J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83
1996 – Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner, dies at 88

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How to Hang Outdoor String Lights on a Deck

String lights suspended above a deck space creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The soft glow of the lights is both soothing and practical, filling your outdoor space with light and a relaxing aura. Installing string lights on your deck is actually really simple. With the right materials and a little bit of effort, you’ll be enjoying your hanging string lights in no time.

EditSteps
EditHanging String Lights from Posts
Hold the lights above the deck and mark where you need support posts. The first thing you should do before hanging your lights is to lay them out along your deck where you want them to hang. Hold them up so you can see where they will need supports. Use a pencil or piece of painter’s tape to mark where you will need to attach support posts.[1]
You will need to install supports roughly apart to hold up your string lights.

Have another person help you hold the lights up above your deck.

Be sure to leave a little slack in your string lights so they have a little give when you hang them.

Make sure the plug is near a power outlet.

Use furring strips or thin wooden posts to hang your string lights. Furring strips are thin by posts that work great to hang light things like string lights. But you can use any type of wooden post that you want. Just use posts that are strong enough to withstand wind and rain. And make sure you have enough posts to support your lights![2]
You can find furring posts and other wooden posts at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Paint or stain your posts to match your deck. Since you’ll be attaching the posts to your deck, you’ll want them to either match or complement the color of your deck. Whether you want the posts to blend in or accent your deck, painting or staining also strengthens the posts, and will make them last longer. Be sure to allow your posts to fully dry before you use them.[3]
Be sure to use paint or stain that is rated for outdoor use!

If your posts are already stained or painted but you want to change it, you can remove the paint and then restain or repaint them!

Attach cup hooks to the ends of your posts. Cup hooks are small, curved hooks with a screw on one end that can be used to hang your lights from your posts. It’s easier to attach them to your posts before you install them on your deck. Screw a cup hook onto the end that the lights will hang from. You can use a power drill to make a hole or manually screw the hook into the post. Make sure the hook is all the way in and secure in the post.[4]
Choose cup hooks that also complement your deck. There are gold, silver, and other color options to choose from. You can find them at your local hardware store.

Install the posts onto your deck where you marked. You can either screw or nail the posts into place, just as long as they are securely attached. Measure the height of your posts so that they are mounted at the same level to hang your string lights evenly. You can either mount them on the inside of your deck or the outside, whichever you prefer.[5]
If you’re using furring strips, be sure to attach them gently. They can be fragile enough to crack under the strain of a hammer or drill.

Hang your lights on the hooks mounted to the posts. With your supports mounted, it’s time to hang your lights! Keep the plug near the outlet and string the lights from post to post. Let them hang a little loosely so they can give a little under the strain of the outdoor elements. Once they’re attached, plug them in to enjoy them whenever you like.
Keep the lights unplugged while you attach them.[6]

EditUsing Heavy Planters to Hang String Lights
Get heavy planters that complement your deck. Planters can be ornate and come in a variety of colors and designs, so you want to choose ones that suit your deck. You also want to the same planters for a uniform look. Planters can be made out of many different materials as well, so choose materials that you like and are durable enough to last.[7]
You can find heavy planters at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

You can also repaint your planters to match your deck.

Arrange the heavy planters around the perimeter of your deck. Before you fill your planters, you need to arrange them where you will need support posts to hang your lights. Hold your lights up around your deck to see where they will need supports, and place a planter there. Install your planters on the outside of your deck so the poles are not in the way.[8]
You can place your planters at the corners of your deck or space them out every or so.

Planters are both heavy and can be chipped, so try not to move them too much so you don’t risk damaging them.

Use wooden posts or taller to install in your planters. Because you’re installing support posts that start lower, in the planters, they need to be tall enough to reach above your deck so your lights can hang. You can use furring strips or any other wooden posts as supports. Just be sure your posts are strong enough to support your lights and withstand the movement caused by wind.[9]
You can also paint or stain your posts.

Attach cup hooks to the posts before putting them in the planters. Since the posts have to be taller to reach above your deck, you need to attach your cup hooks before you put them into the planters. You also don’t want to disturb the posts too much once they’re in the planters. Screw in a cup hook to the end you plan to hang your lights from.[10]
Make sure the hooks are securely attached.

Insert the posts in the planters and fill with heavy materials. After you’ve attached your cup hooks to your posts, put them into the planter and fill the planter with heavy materials like concrete or gravel. If you plan to keep plants in the planters, you can put gravel in the bottom of the planter and fill the rest with dirt before adding any plants.[11]
For a strong hold, fill the bottom of the planter with wet cement, insert the post in the center, and allow the cement to fully dry.

String your lights from one post to another. With your posts in the planters and the planters in place, start connecting your string lights, keeping the plug near an electrical outlet. Work your way from one post to the next, making sure the lights are securely connected to one post before moving to another. Leave a little bit of slack in the string lights so they can sway with the wind.[12]
If you’re not using wooden posts or cup hooks, you can use zip ties to attach the lights to the supports.

EditAttaching String Lights Directly Onto the Deck
Hold the lights along the deck and mark where you want to attach them. If you plan to attach your lights directly onto your deck, the first thing you should do is run the lights along the length of your deck, keeping the plug near an outlet. Find where the lights will need to be attached to the deck to be supported. Mark with a pencil or a piece of painter’s tape where you will need to add cup hooks.[13]
For a more “relaxed” hang in your lights, mark every so the lights can hang a little bit. If you want the lights to stay snug against the deck, you can mark every 3-5 feet.

You may not want much slack in your lights when attaching them directly to your deck.

Install cup hooks where you marked. Take your cup hooks and screw them into the places you marked. Make sure that they are screwed all the way in. Make sure the hooks are pointed up so the string lights won’t fall out of them.[14]
Use cup hooks with colors that either blend in with or complement your deck!

Attach the lights on the the hooks using mini carabiners. After you’ve installed your cup hooks, connect your lights to them and secure them with mini carabiners for additional support. Thread the carabiner through the eye of the screw and cord of the light. Carabiners are easy to remove as well, so if you need to take down the lights, simply remove the carabiners and uninstall your string lights.[15]
Make sure the lights are not plugged in while you attach them!

EditThings You’ll Need
EditHanging String Lights from Posts
Pencil or painter’s tape

Hammer or drill

Nails or screws

Wooden posts

Cup hooks

EditUsing Heavy Planters to Hang String Lights
Tall wooden posts

Heavy planters

Cup hooks

Concrete, gravel, or dirt

EditAttaching String Lights Directly Onto the Deck
Pencil or painter’s tape

Cup hooks

Mini carabiners

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