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Growing Celery

Celery needs a long cool growing season; it needs even constant weather without cold or dry periods. This vegetable can be difficult to grow in the home garden, but do not give up hope. It needs more attention than most vegetables but can be very rewarding when it grows well. I always start my seeds indoors about 8-10 weeks before I am ready to plant them out into the garden. Learn more about propagating here. In the grocery store the stalks are whitish in color, so you will have to blanch them if this is what you want. For blanching, the stalks need to be covered with paper or cloth for at least a month. I do not mind eating green stalks they taste just as good.

Botanical Family - Umbelliferae or Apiaceae/Parsley Family

Location - Level, well drained and open.

Soil - Very fertile, with abundant moisture; pH 6.0-7.0

Soil Preparation - Heavy feeder (plants needs a lot of nutrients). Place compost around the base of the plant 3 weeks after planting and then every 6 weeks after that.

Seed Info -

  • Seed Spacing - Space between plants is 8 inches in rows 12 inches apart.
  • Germinate in warm soil temperature; transplanting is best
  • Days to Maturity - 90-135 days

Planting Times - Plant in late spring.

Planting Instruction - Dig in 12 inches of compost or aged manure. This is best done by digging a trench about a foot deep, afterward removing several inches of the soil at the bottom of the trench and replacing it with sifted compost or aged manure. Cucumbers can provide shade and moisture to celery.

Companion Planting

  • Positive affect: Beans, brassicas, spinach, squash, tomato, cucumber
  • Negative affect: Carrot, parsnips

Watering - Heavy watering.

Weeding - Regular weeding

Disease & Pests - aphids, leaf eating worms, mildew

Harvest- Cut the stalks off at the base individually or as a whole plant.

Storage - Stalks can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator if kept in a plastic bag.

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