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 to use, 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

01 Aug 20, MARIO (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi, We’re growing celery from the base of the stalks, about 1/2 cm thick, Place them in a tray with a small film of water. Leave near a sunny window for around 10 days adding a little water each day. When the stalks are about 5c. high and the roots have grown we plant as you normally would. Didn’t believe it but the stalks a re growing well. Anyone else doing this? .
03 Aug 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
You can do this with a few vegetables, carrots, onions, shallots, celery etc. Look up a website PINTEREST it has lots of this stuff or google it.
26 Jun 20, Maria (USA - Zone 7a climate)
My celery plant has been wilting more and more. It has been raining quite a bit in the area, and I checked the dampness of the soil but the plant is still wilting more. The leaves are not yellowing but they are getting darker each day. I am unsure of how to proceed or if it will even survive. Thank you in advance.
28 Apr 20, beverley Mcdowell (Australia - temperate climate)
Germinating celery seed, growing from seed this autumn. Soaked the seed overnight and then spread on damp paper towel and place in seed raising mix, covering very lightly with the mix. Result, I used the entire packet of seed and I think they all germinated. 4 weeks on I have 36 of the strongest seedlings growing on in pots.
29 Apr 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks for that idea. I'm trying this year. Planted into 6 cell tray, way too thick. I'm going to try and separate them this afternoon into bigger pots. Will try your way next time.
21 Feb 20, Jan (USA - Zone 6b climate)
How do I change the soil from Celsius to Fahrenheit?
23 Feb 20, Liz at Gardenate (New Zealand - temperate climate)
To change the information about soil temperature - open the page for Celery and click on (Show °F/in) next to the soil temperature information
23 Nov 19, Lois Thornton (Australia - temperate climate)
How do I know when celery is ready to harvest
25 Nov 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
- HARVEST - 17-18 WEEKS from planting. Or when it looks like the stuff in the supermarkets.
29 Nov 19, Mel (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I use stalks as needed from the time they are as thick as your pointy finger ... they just seem to keep growing back the more I cut
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