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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

Your comments and tips

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
06 Aug 19, Shane (Australia - temperate climate)
What length do you cut the drain pipe you place around the celery
06 Nov 19, Dale (Australia - temperate climate)
450 mm exposed out of the ground will do. And don't use it until the plants are about 300 mm tall - then they will search for the sun above.
26 Oct 17, Johnson Yap , Central Phillipunes (Australia - tropical climate)
Can Celery survive in tropical area, particulary here in Central Phillipines
26 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Celery is more a cool weather crop. If you built a shade house it might work. Say with 30 or 50% shade cloth. Some plants need cool weather to grow but still need sun light also.. Also the weather conditions are important. Like heat waves and very heavy rain down pours. We have had 5" of rain at the start of Oct and then another 12" last week. 17" when the average is 2.5" for Oct. You can only try it to find out.
05 Oct 17, Daniel (Australia - temperate climate)
thanks
22 Aug 17, Eileen Stowers (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Just a query. How is celery grown in NZ. ? When we lived in UK (many years ago) we used to dig a trench and when the celery was showing above the ground it was wrapped in news paper up to the leaves and then increased as the plant grew. This meant that most of the stalks were white and crisp but we find that the NZ celery is stringy and dark green on the outside . Is this to do with the climate or method of cultivating ? Also my father used to empty the soot from the chimney round the plants at a short distance away from the roots. (I know this would not be an option here ) !!!! but maybe there is an alternative.
17 Jan 19, Mike Logan (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Celery is grown close together to stop the sunlight from reaching the stalks and lower leaves. If it receive lots of sunlight the stalks go green. You can use different ways to stop it as you said happens in UK. If you grow good big celery you pull the outside 10 or so stalks off to expose the lighter coloured stalks.
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