In Greek mythology, the hydra was a multi-headed serpent-like water monster. When a hero removed one of its heads, two more grew in its place. Hercules eventually defeated the hydra, but that is another story….
Now I am not suggesting that growing a hydra is even possible (unless you are Zeus), but I found out that there is a neat experiment that you can try and actually grow something edible from a stump of a plant. While searching the internet, I found a post from someone who had grown celery from the cut end. I was incredulous: how is that even possible?
Since I had some celery that we used for a veggie tray for a party, I kept the end of it and plopped it in some lukewarm water. I placed the bowl under my grow lights in my basement and waited. I didn’t think it looked like much, but this experiment peaked my interest.
Week 1: After a week of changing water every day, I began to notice something. There were stalks forming on the stump! I had to laugh and take a photo of this. I couldn’t believe it! Sure enough, there were a cluster of stalks emanating from the center of the stump. Go figure! That is pretty cool.
So, let’s see where this takes us. I am keeping the experiment going, and I am changing the water on a daily basis. I will post an update no matter what happens. I have heard you can do this when you harvest cucumbers from your plants as well.
Have you had any experience with this? Are there other plants you can grow from a cut end?