Growing Celery

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name:  Apium graveolens var. dulce

Seed

 

Celery

Planting time: SP,FA
Seeds per ounce: 72000
Ounces per square foot: 0.0002
Minimum legal germination rate: 55%
Germination type: Extra-long Germinating seeds

 

Notes
Growing Celery takes patience and study. Yet it's a popular vegetable in the organic garden. The stalks are served raw or sliced and cooked as an important ingredient in many dishes.

The leaves can be chopped and used as a garnish (very similar to Parsley). The celery root also can be used as a flavoring herb or can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

 

 

Planting

     
In garden spacing (inches): 6  
In flat spacing (inches): Broadcast  
Planting depth (inches): Lightly cover the seed with soil.
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 6
Nutrient relationship:: Heavy Feeder
   

Harvest

 

Days to maturity: 84-112
Harvesting period (days): 28
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 2
   
     

Cultural

Diseases:

Cucumber Mosaic Virus - Also called Southern Celery Mosaic.  The symptoms include stunting, yellowing, and mottling of the older leaves and malformation of the younger leaves.

Celery Mosaic Virus - Also called Western Celery Mosaic. The virus is transmitted by several aphid species. Plants infected at an early age are greatly stunted, and the foliage becomes cupped and deformed.

Aster Yellows Mycoplasma - Also infects celery on an annual basis. The disease results in strikingly yellowed and stunted plants. This disease may occur annually..

Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Bean Aphid, Beet Armyworm, Green Peach Aphid, Leafminer, Pea Aphid, Slugs and Snails
   

Varieties

Trench celery uses the method of blanching the stems with soil. Growing Celery in this way is accomplished by building up the base of the plant preventing green coloring of the stalks. This type is hardy and is harvested late fall to early spring.

'Giant Pink' - has crisp pale pink stalks that blanch easily.
'Giant Red' - has outer stalks that turn shell-pink when blanched.
'Giant White' - is old, tall, white celery with crisp stems and a solid good flavored heart.
'Hopkins Fenlander' - is late maturing celery of medium length and free from strings.
'Standard Bearer' - is red celery that has the reputation for being the latest of all to reach maturity.

Self-Blanching and American Green Celery varieties:
'Celebrity' - is an early maturing variety that has crisp long stems and a nutty flavored heart. It is one of the least stringy self-blanching varieties with good bolting resistance.
'Golden Self-Blanching' - has golden-yellow hearts, and is crisp and tasty and does not become stringy.
'Greensleeves' - produces tasty green stalks.
'Ivory Tower' - has long white stringless stems.
'Lathom Self-Blanching' - is a vigorous well-flavored variety with crisp stems.
'Tall Utah Triumph' - has long succulent tender green stems.

 

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