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Growing Celery

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S S   T T            

(Best months for growing Celery in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 54°F and 70°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 17-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Not applicable as celery needs to be close together to encourage blanching.
  • Avoid growing close to: Sweetcorn
  • Celery seedlings

Most varieties improve with blanching but there are some self-blanching varieties available. To Blanch: plant in trenches 15- 20 cm (6-8 in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart. Leave about 40 cm (17 in) between rows. Fill the trenches gradually and keep well watered as the plants grow. The plants can be lifted as needed after about 11 weeks. Alternatively wrap the plants in sleeves of paper or black plastic.

Celery needs moist fertile soil.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Celery

Chop and use raw in salad or braised in hot dishes.

Your comments and tips

27 Jun 19, Ghulam (New Zealand - temperate climate)
hi l am living in canterbury now can i plant celery?
28 Jun 19, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Look up what climate zone you are and check when to plant.
22 Jun 19, neil waterman (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
can I grow celery in nfld canada
02 Apr 19, gordon mott (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
what time of year do i grow celery in the grafton district?.
16 Jan 19, Tonimarie Heron (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi. I would be really grateful if yo had any advice on to grow celery all year round. It sells all year in the super market, so I'm assuming it is possible? Many thanks, Toni.
18 Mar 19, perry (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I have had success growing celery in the shade this summer north of Auckland. I think I planted in November where the plants needed to grow tall to reach the light.
22 Jan 19, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Supermarkets buy from different climates etc.
21 Jan 19, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
No you can't.
29 Jun 18, paul (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i like to place 100 mil down pipe around my celery as this does two things it helps blanch and keeps the celery tight together
26 Oct 17, Johnson Yap , Central Phillipunes (Australia - tropical climate)
Can Celery survive in tropical area, particulary here in Central Phillipines
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Supermarkets buy from different climates etc.

- Mike

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