Celery Imported, Celery Tall Utah - seeds
Common name: Apium graveolens
Height: 8 inches tall.
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Because a celery plant has such a long maturity time, unless you live in a location with long growing seasons, you need to start celery seeds indoors at least 8 – 10 weeks before the last frost date for your area.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
Water: Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.
Temprature: 55 and 70ºF
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.
- Celery seeds should always be started indoors for the best success rate, 8 to 10 weeks before the average last frost date for your area.
- For summer gardeners, a late summer direct sowing is possible.
- Be sure that temps will stay between 55 and 70ºF throughout growing period.
- The National Gardening Association recommends soaking seeds in warm water overnight prior to planting, to reduce germination time.
- Work organic fertilizer or compost into the soil prior to planting.
- Harden off seedlings before transplanting by reducing water slightly, and keeping them outdoors for a couple hours a day.
- Transplant seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart, direct sow seeds ¼ inch deep.
- These will need to be thinned to 12 inches apart when they reach about six inches high.
- Mulch and water directly after planting.
Harvesting: The parts of celery that are harvested are mainly the stalks, which will be above ground. Harvest stalks from the outside in. You may begin harvesting when stalks are about 8 inches tall. Celery can be kept in the garden for up to a month if soil is built up around it to maintain an ideal temperature.
- Celery is a heavy feeder.
- It also requires lots of water.
- Make sure to provide plenty of water during the entire growing season, especially during hot, dry weather.
- If celery does not get enough water, the stalks will be dry, and small.
- Add plenty of compost and mulch around the plants to retain moisture.
- Fertilize regularly.
- Add mulch as needed, to help retain soil moisture and add nutrients.
- Tie growing celery stalks together to keep them from sprawling.
There is not much flavor difference between the home grown variety and the store bought variety so most gardeners grow a celery plant purely for the challenge it poses.
- Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum.
- It is a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and pantothenic acid.
- Celery is also a good source of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).
- It is a popular addition to salads and many cooked dishes.
- Add celery leaves and sliced celery stalks to soups, stews, casseroles, and healthy stir fries.
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