Celery Seed

Celery Seed

Growing celery (Apium graveolens) is generally considered to be the ultimate vegetable gardening challenge. It has a very long growing season but a very low tolerance for both heat and cold. There isn’t much flavor difference between the home grown variety and the store bought variety so most gardeners grow a celery plant purely for the challenge. Read on to find out more about the best way to grow celery in your garden.

Starting Celery Seeds 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 eight to 10 weeks before the last frost date for your area.

Celery seeds are tiny and tricky to plant. Try mixing them with sand and then sprinkle the sand-seed mix over the potting soil. Cover the seeds with just a little bit of soil. Celery seeds like to be planted shallowly. Once the celery seeds have sprouted and are large enough, either thin the seedlings or prick them out to their own pots.

Planting Celery in the Garden

Planting Celery in the Garden Once the temperatures outside are consistently above 50 F. (10 C.), you can plant your celery into your garden. Remember that celery is very temperature sensitive, so don’t plant it out too early or you will kill or weaken the celery plant.
Unless you live in a location that is ideal to grow celery plants, plant your celery where it will get six hours of sun, but preferably somewhere that the celery plant will be shaded for the hottest part of the day.

Also, make sure that where you will be growing celery has rich soil. Celery needs lots of nutrients to grow well.

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Grow Celery in Your Garden

Grow Celery in Your Garden A growing celery plant needs a lot of water. Make sure to keep the soil evenly moist and don’t forget to water them. Celery can’t tolerate drought of any kind. If the ground isn’t kept consistently moist, it will negatively affect the taste of the celery. You’ll also need to fertilizer regularly to keep up with the nutrient needs of the celery plant.



Blanching Celery

Blanching Celery Many gardeners prefer to blanch their celery to make them more tender, but be a

ware that when blanching celery, you are reducing the amount of vitamins in the celery plant. Blanching celery turns the green part of the plant white. Blanching celery is done one of two ways. The first way is to just slowly build a mound around a growing celery plant. Every few days add a little more dirt and at harvest the celery plant will be blanched. The other method is to cover the lower half of the celery plant with thick brown paper or cardboard a few weeks before you plan to harvest the celery Now that you know how to grow celery, you can give it a try in your own garden. We can’t guarantee that you will be able to grow celery successfully, but at least you can say you tried.

Celery is a cool-season crop that requires about 16 weeks of cool temperatures to mature. It is best to start celery indoors about eight weeks before the last frost in the spring. When seedlings have five to six leaves, they can be set out.

If you live in an area with cool spring and summer weather, you can plant celery outdoors in early spring. Warmer regions can enjoy a fall crop of celery if planted in late summer. Sometimes you may find that your garden grown crop has some very bitter tasting celery stalks. If you wonder, “Why does my celery taste bitter?” continue reading to learn more about the reasons for pungent celery.

How to Keep Celery from Tasting Bitter

In order to determine what makes celery bitter, assess your growing conditions. Celery needs

extraordinarily rich, moisture-retentive soil that is slightly wet but drains well. Celery also likes a soil pH between 5.8 and 6.8. If you’re unsure of your soil acidity, have a soil sample tested and amend as needed. Heat is no friend to celery, which prefers cool temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F. (16-21 C.). Keep celery plants well-watered during the growing season. Without adequate water, stalks become stringy. Provide at least one mid-season application of compost, as celery is a heavy feeder. With proper growing conditions, it’s easy to avoid that bitter-tasting, pungent celery.


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