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- Category: Vegetable
- Type: Celery
- Variety: Utah 52-70
- Family: Umbellifers
- Botanical Name: Apium graveolens
- Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Growing Difficulty: 3
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10
- Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 10 to 21
- Soil Temp for Germination: 60-75°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 90 – 100
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Distance Apart (in row): 12"
- Row Spacing: 18-24"
DIRECT SOW 10-12 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
10-12 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Celery is a plant that requires quite a bit of water to produce a healthy harvest. This is a cool weather plant that requires nearly 16 weeks of cooler weather to be ready for harvest. In areas with a cool spring and summer, you should plant your celery in early spring.
If you are in a southern climate with warmer spring and summer conditions, you should plant in late summer for a late fall or early winter harvest. Celery does not tolerate high heat and does best when growing between 60° and 70°F. You should keep the soil consistently moist, otherwise it will become tough and stringy or produce woody hollow stalks. Fertilize celery during its growth period.
Commonly used as a staple item in soups, stews, roasts, salads and other recipes.
Celery seed is used as a spice and medicinally as well. The seed is thought to aid in digestion, appetite, curing the common cold and flu, liver and spleen health, arthritis treatments, and many other medicinal remedies.
Harvest the celery anytime between young stalks and full maturity, the flavor will be the same. Younger stalks will be more tender than those allowed to fully mature.
Always harvest the stalks from the outside-in, as the oldest stalks will be on the outside of the plant. The darker the stalks, the more nutrients they will contain. However, the darker stalks will also be the toughest.
Celery should be kept in plastic bags in your refrigerator and can keep for several weeks.
Celery is a Biennial plant; therefore, it will not produce harvestable seeds until its second year.
Leave your best performing plants as your seed stock. You may still use these plants as a regular harvest, just leave the center stalks to overwinter and produce seeds the next year.
In the plants second year an umbrella shaped flower will form. White petals will form and eventually fall off. The ovary (below the flowers) will swell with developing seed. Wait until these seeds turn a tan to brown color and dry on the stalks. The seeds are ready to harvest when the seeds fall off with a slight touch.
Cut the bloom carefully and shake upside down into a paper bag. Safely store your celery seeds in a cool dry place for your next growing season.
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