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Post a comment or question Display Newest first | Oldest first, Show comments for Australia | for all countries 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 14 Aug 19, Gary (Australia – sub-tropical climate) What are the best pkt seeds to buy can’t seem to find a reliable one Thanks in Advance. 15 Aug 19, (Australia – temperate climate) Trying to germinate celery seeds needs a lot of care and time. You need to have a very fine seed raising mixture. Use a sprayer to wet the soil not a hose. You need to plant the right time. The seed is small and takes 2-3 weeks to germinate, so means you need to have the soil moist but not wet for all that time. Unless you are prepared to do this then you will have failure. I would normally suggest buying seedlings from Bunnings/nursery but for 6 years I bought celery and end up with some other thing different – Italian parsley??? so I don’t try any more. 06 Nov 19, Dale (Australia – temperate climate) Sure celery takes time and patience. I have now some 30 seedlings about 3 weeks from planting out so they will be strong enough and will cover some stalks but will plant close together. But when they are ready you appreciate the effort because the flavour is divine. 02 Apr 19, gordon mott (Australia – sub-tropical climate) what time of year do i grow celery in the grafton district?. 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. Showing 1 – 10 of 47 comments

Celery is a cool-weather crop. It requires 16 weeks of cool weather to come to harvest.

Start celery seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost in spring. Set transplants in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date when seedlings have 5 to 6 leaves.

In cool spring and summer regions, plant celery in early spring. In warm spring and summer regions, plant celery in late summer for harvest in late autumn or early winter.

Description. Celery is a hardy biennial grown as an annual. It has a rosette of 12- to 18-inch stalks, topped with divided leaves. Celery is grown for its stalks, leaves, and seeds.

Celery Yield. Plant 5 plants per household member.

How to Grow Celery

Site. Grow celery in compost-rich, moisture-retentive soil that borders on wet but still drains. Celery prefers soil with a pH between 5.8 and 6.8. Celery has a low tolerance for heat and prefers a cool, cloudy location where growing temperatures range between 60°F and 70°F. Plant celery where the growing season offers 4 months of cool weather.

In cool spring and summer regions, plant celery in early spring. In warm spring and summer regions, plant celery in late summer for harvest in late autumn or early winter.

Celery Planting Time. Celery is a cool-weather crop. It requires 16 weeks of cool weather to come to harvest. Start celery seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost in spring. Set transplants in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date when seedlings have 5 to 6 leaves. (To delay transplanting time and slow growth, cut seedlings down to 3 inches tall and then allow them to grow on.) Cold weather will inhibit growth as will warm weather. Temperatures below 50°F for more than 12 hours may cause celery to bolt. In cool spring and summer regions, plant celery in early spring. In warm spring and summer regions, plant celery in late summer for harvest in late autumn or early winter.

Planting and Spacing Celery. Sow celery seed ¼ to ½ inch deep, 6 to 10 inches apart; space rows 24 inches apart. Transplant seedlings started indoors into trenches 3 to 4 inches deep set 6 to 10 inches apart. As plants grow mound up soil around the stems to blanch them. Plant self-blanching celery in blocks 6 to 12 inches apart; planting closer will give a higher yield but more slender stalks.

Companion plants. Lettuce, spinach, English peas. Avoid pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash.

Container Growing Celery. Celery can be grown in an 8-inch container. Set celery on 10-inch centers in large containers. To blanch celery growing in a container, tie paper or cardboard cylinders around the stalks.

Caring for Celery

Water and Feeding Celery. Keep celery well-watered during all phases of growth. Lack of water will slow growth, cause stalks to become stringy, and encourage plants to send up flower stalks. Celery is a heavy feeder. Add aged-compost to planting beds before planting and side-dress plants with compost at midseason.

Thin plants so that there is room for sunlight and air circulation.

Celery Care. Keep celery planting beds weed-free to avoid competition for moisture and nutrients. Keep cultivation shallow so as not to damage roots. Blanch celery to enhance its sweet flavor and whiten stalks. Celery that is not blanched can be bitter tasting. Blanching is achieved by covering the stalks with soil, straw, or paper cylinders rolled up to the top of the stalks to protect them from the sun, which encourages them to produce chlorophyll and turn green. Blanch celery up to 10 to 14 days before harvesting. Celery that sits too long after blanching will become pithy and may rot.

Celery Pests. Celery usually encounters no serious pest problems but can be attacked by celery leaf miner and slugs (during blanching).

Celery Diseases. Pink rot, black heart, and blight can attack celery. Make sure there are adequate magnesium and calcium in the soil to discourage these diseases.

Harvesting and Storing Celery

Celery Harvest. Time from planting to harvest is 100 to 130 days from transplants about 20 days longer from seed. A 10-foot row should yield about 20 heads of celery. Start harvesting before the first hard frost when the head is about two to three inches in diameter at the base. Cut off the head at or slightly below the soil level.

Storing and Preserving Celery. Celery will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Leaves cut for use as an herb will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Celery can be dried, canned, and frozen. Seeds can be used as an herb.

Celery Varieties to Grow

Celeriac also called celery root is a celery relative.

Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum) also called celery root and knob celery is a relative of celery. The edible part of celeriac is its enlarged, knobby base which is part stem and part crown. Grow celeriac as you would celery; it is easier to grow than celery. Celeriac is ready for harvest when the base is 2 to 4 inches thick.

Celery botanical name. Apium graveolens dulce

Origin. Europe

More tips: How to Harvest and Store Celery.

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How to Grow

Celery is generally a cold-hardy plant, and it suffers in too much heat.

But don’t transplant too early. You want the soil to warm up to about 50°F with outdoor temperatures remaining above 40°F throughout the night. Plant too soon and your celery might bolt.

In addition, the soil should be:

  • Loose
  • Very rich in compost (either store bought or home-brewed), used coffee grounds, and planting soil
  • Kept evenly watered but not boggy, despite celery’s marshy beginnings
  • Free of weeds

Celery needs about 130-140 days to mature between seeding and harvest. But celery care doesn’t stop once you’ve transplanted your seedlings.

Greenhouse-grown varieties and some seed cultivars need blanching in order to keep from becoming too bitter.

To blanch your celery plants, wait until they double in size from their seedling height. Then, bank soil up around the plant’s base.

This will keep sunlight from reaching the bottom half of the stalks, producing a white, less bitter, and slightly less nutrient-dense stalk.

You can also purchase self-blanching cultivars if you want to avoid this step. You’ll probably still want to tie the heads of the celery stalks together to support blanching.

For more information on appropriate blanching, check your seed packet. Or, if you prefer full-blooded, bitter celery, don’t blanch it at all.

Keep your celery fertilized in its second, third, and fourth months by adding a tablespoon of 5-10-10 fertilizer to a tamped-down area dug about 3 inches away from the plant.

Above all, keep that celery watered! It needs between 1 and 1.5 inches of water per week. If celery doesn’t get the moisture it needs, it’ll shrivel and get extra stringy. My childhood self shudders at the very idea.

Growing Tips

  • Keep the soil rich in organic nutrients.
  • Make sure your celery gets all the sunlight it needs.
  • Fertilize in the second, third, and fourth months.
  • Water evenly and regularly if Mother Nature doesn’t do it for you.

Cultivars to Select

Here are the most popular celery varieties for your home garden:

Pascal

The most common stalk celery cultivar grown in the United States, ‘Pascal’ thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 2-10.

‘Pascal’

Find seeds for ‘Pascal’ celery at Eden Brothers.

Stalks will grow about 12 inches tall, and will be ready to hop into your evening stew after about 130 days.

Tall Utah

This popular variety grows to crisp, stringless one-foot stalks. It’s perfect for snacking on right out of the garden (with peanut butter, of course) and grows best in zones 4-10.

‘Tall Utah’

You can buy packets, 1-ounce packages, and even 1-pound sacks if celery is your favorite food in the universe at Eden Brothers.

Tango Hybrid

This sweet, extra-crunchy variety grows extra tall: up to 18 inches! You can also sow these 6-8 inches apart instead of 12, which makes for a heartier crop.

‘Tango Hybrid’

This variety matures faster than older celery varieties, too – enjoy it just 85 days after planting. Plus, it’s hardier to temperature fluctuations, making it a nice choice for beginners.

‘Tango Hybrid’ is resistant to fusarium wilt. Find a 350-seed packet at Burpee.

Chinese or Cutting Celery

If you prefer celery with a stronger flavor and hollow stalks, this is the variety for you.

‘Chinese’ celery

‘Chinese’ celery grows well in cooler climates, thriving in Zones 2-10. It grows up to 12 inches tall and matures in 100 days. You can find it at True Leaf Market.

Managing Pests and Disease

While celery’s pretty good at fending off creepy-crawly predators, it does occasionally fall prey to pests, diseases, and fungus.

Insects

There are a number of insect pests that can have a tasty meal from your celery crop.

Aphids

Aphids just can’t get enough of… every living green thing in the universe. There aren’t enough ladybugs in the world to keep track of all the aphids. But, you can try.

If you see ladybugs around your yard, carefully transport them to your aphid-riddled celery. Their bellies will thank you.

In addition to sucking all the life out of your celery, aphids contribute to the growth and spread of celery mosaic virus. You can read this article for more tips on how to combat aphids.

Thrips

They might have a cute name, but thrips are anything but. Thrips are tiny winged bugs that slurp up all your celery’s fluid, which is terrible because celery has a lot of water in it.

Check your celery leaves for black dots of thrip poop, or frass. To control a thrip infestation, use neem oil or insecticidal soap on your plants.

Celery Leaftier

This moth is only about 3/4 of an inch in size, but it’ll chew holes all over your celery plants and string little webs in between the leaves.

If you catch sight of leaftiers in their caterpillar phase or even later, don’t mourn the loss of your precious plants. A couple doses of pyrethrum dust should get rid of the bugs.

European Corn Borer

The European corn borer looks a lot like the celery leaftier, but it attacks your celery stems. Not good!

Try using Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to control the larvae of these pests before they do serious damage.

Diseases

There are a few diseases you’ll want to watch out for.

Bacterial Blight and Brown Stem

If your celery stalks start turning brown in places and the leaf blades develop circular spots of rot, your plant might be suffering from bacterial blight, Pseudomonas cichorii.

One way to prevent this is to ensure a spread of at least 12 inches between plants so that the leaves can’t spread the infection.

Soft Rot

Caused by three different types of bacteria – Erwinia carotovora, E. chrysanthemi, and P. marginalis, soft rot attacks the base of your plant and turns it slimy and mushy.

Always use fresh, clean water to hydrate your plants and allow time for the soil to dry between waterings. At first signs of rot, remove the affected stalks. If the entire base of your plant is brown and mushy, however, you may need to pull the whole plant.

Celery Mosaic Virus

Spread by aphids, this virus stunts plants, causes dark splotches to appear on stalks, and curls leaves.

The best way to avoid celery mosaic virus is to keep aphids managed. Pull affected plants immediately to stop the virus from spreading.

Downy Mildew

Downy mildew (Peronospora umbellifarum), is easy to spot due to the fluffy, moldy growths that’ll appear on the underbellies of your poor celery leaves. You might also notice yellow spots on the leaves.

Treat with fungicide from your local garden center.

Fusarium Yellows

Fusarium yellows (Fusarium oxysporum) is a fungus that turns your plants soft and brown at the base and yellow everywhere else. Some celery cultivars, like the ‘Tango Hybrid,’ are fusarium-resistant.

Keep your gardening tools clean between uses to help avoid fungus development and spread.

Harvesting

Depending on the variety, you can harvest celery 85-110 or so days after transplanting. Once the stalks are at least six inches tall from the bottom of the stalk to the first leaf, they’re ready to eat.

If you don’t need all your celery at once, cut off individual stalks from the outside in. Outer stalks tend to be greener and stronger in flavor (especially if they haven’t been blanched) whereas inner stalks, with the natural blanching provided by the outer stalks, are lighter and sweeter.

You can also harvest the entire plant at once.

Preserving

To keep celery fresh in your refrigerator for up to two weeks, remove the leaves, wrap stalks in moist towels, and seal in plastic bags. Keep them in the crisper section of your refrigerator and don’t forget they’re there! Use those celery leaves within the first couple of days to ensure the best flavor.

If you want to keep celery in your freezer for the winter months, you can:

  1. Cut it to cooking size.
  2. Blanch it in boiling water for one minute.
  3. Drop it into some ice water.
  4. Remove and allow to dry.
  5. Stick in a freezer bag and pop into the freezer. Voila!

Use within 12-18 months, and remember: it won’t have that signature crunch once you take it out of the freezer, making it less ideal for snacking but fantastic for cooking.

Recipes and Cooking Ideas

Celery leaves can add pep to a salad or pasta. The stalks make perfect afternoon snacks for your kids, and you can also try your hand at making gumbo or jambalaya with your fragrant garden celery.

, celery’s one of the star ingredients in an easy homemade seafood stock recipe. A winning vegetable stock recipe to suit all your cooking needs throughout the year is available on Foodal as well.

Quick Reference Growing Guide

Plant Type: Biennial, annual Water Needs: 1-1.5 inches per week
Native To: Mediterranean Maintenance: Medium
Hardiness (USDA Zone): 4-10, some varieties hardy to 2 or 3 Soil Type: Loose and rich
Season: Spring, fall, early winter Soil pH: 6.5-7.5
Exposure: Full sun Soil Drainage: Well-draining
Time to Maturity: 120-130 days Companion Planting: Daisies, tomatoes, leeks
Spacing: 12 inches Avoid Planting With: Asters, carrots, corn
Planting Depth: Very shallow (don’t bury) Family: Apiaceae
Height: 12-18 inches Genus: Apium
Spread: 4-6 inches Species: A. graveolens
Tolerance: Light frost
Pests & Diseases: Aphids, celery leaftier, European corn borer, thrips; bacterial blight, celery mosaic virus, downy mildew, fusarium yellows, soft rot.

So Much More Than a Stringy Nuisance

Even if you think you hate celery, like I did as a kid, try growing it in your garden. You might be surprised at how crisp, flavorful, and devoid of strings it is! Just make sure you sow your celery plants in loose, rich soil and provide them with plenty of sunshine and water.

Harvest a few stalks at a time or entire plants at once. Savor fresh stalks as an afternoon snack or a perfect addition to your favorite stew. And remember to use a bunch of celery to make vegetable stock!

Have you tried growing celery yet? Did it flop or flourish? Share your woes and triumphs in the comments below!

If you’d like to grow other celery-like plants, check out these articles:

  • A Tart Addition to the Garden: Grow Rhubarb for Spring Flavor
  • Parsley: The Wonder Herb That’s Easy to Grow
  • How to Plant and Grow Swiss Chard

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How to grow: Celery

At a glance

Ease of culture: Difficult
Where: All regions
Best climate: Cool conditions
When: Cool and temperate – late winter/early spring, late summer/early autumn; Subtropical – April to August; Tropical – April to July
Spacing: 20-25cm
Harvest: 14 weeks
pH: 5.8-6.8

Climate

• Celery likes moderate conditions – not too hot and not too cold. It hates frost and extreme heat.
• In cool and temperate regions, sow late winter to early spring, and again in late summer to early autumn.
• In frost-free sub-tropical zones, sow mid-autumn (April) to early spring (August).
• In the tropics, plant seed from April to July.

Position

• Celery will thrive in full-sun or part shade
• Strong winds can damage and dry out plants, so choose a protected spot.

Soil

• Celery is a shallow-rooted plant with a high demand for water and nutrients.
• It grows best in a moist but well-drained soil that is organically rich.
• Add a minimum of a half-barrow load of compost or well-rotted manure per square metre and work it into the top 10-15 cm layer of soil. This will help improve drainage and retain moisture around the root zone.
• Spread a handful of balanced organic fertiliser evenly per square and work that in too.
• Mound the soil to further improve drainage and water it well, then leave it for a week before planting out seedlings.

Sowing

• Raising your own celery plants from seed is slow and fiddly. If you’re new to gardening, buy seedlings from your nursery. This is also a good option for gardeners in warm areas where the growing season is short and you need to get plants in the ground quickly.
• Celery seed takes 2-3 weeks to germinate.
• The ideal temperature for germination is 15-21°C.
• Before sowing, soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours. This will improve germination.
• The seeds are tiny, so don’t bury them. Sprinkle them over punnets of seed-raising and lightly press them into the surface.
• Water lightly and carefully, and keep the mix constantly moist until the seeds germinate.
• Once seedlings are big enough to handle, prick them out gently and plant them individually into small pots.
• Fertilise them once a week with a weak solution of seaweed and fish emulsion to kick them along.
• Seedlings take about 6 weeks to be big enough to plant out.
• When they’re ready to plant, space them 20-25cm apart in a block.

Watering and fertilising

• Keep celery well watered to avoid stress.
• Celery needs to be fed regularly. Fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed and fish emulsion will keep plants kicking along.
• Water and nutrient stress leads to dry, fibrous stalks.
• Mulch plants well to help hold moisture in the soil and reduce weed competition

Box: Blanching

Dark green celery can be quite bitter to taste. This is okay for cooking, but many people find it unpleasant to eat raw. Excluding light from the stems or “blanching” will produce paler stalks that are much sweeter. When plants are a decent size (close to harvesting), tie the stalks loosely then wrap the stems with thick newspaper, leaving the leaves sticking out at the top. The stalks will be pale and ready to harvest in around 2-3 weeks.

Harvesting

Celery bunches can be harvested whole (after 14 weeks) or, if you prefer, you can harvest individual stalks as you need them. This extends the harvest season.

Celery seedling

Celery is a cool-season crop. It grows best where daytime temperatures are consistently greater than 55°F (13°C) but not consistently warmer than 80°F (26°C).

Where temperatures are very warm, celery will grow stringy; where temperatures fall below 50°F, celery will send up flower stalks and become bitter flavored.

Start celery indoors 14 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost in spring. Transplants can go in the garden two weeks before the last expected frost. Sow seed in midsummer 14 to 12 weeks before the first frost for an autumn harvest.

Celery matures in 98 to 130 days from seed sowing depending on the variety.

Celery Sowing and Planting Tips

  • Seed is viable for 5 years.
  • Sow seed indoors 14 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost. Set out seedlings when they reach 3 inches (8 cm) tall about the time of the last frost.
  • Sow seed ⅛ inch deep (3 mm).
  • Seed will germinate in 10 days at 75°F (24°C); soak seed overnight in water before sowing.
  • Blanching celery varieties should be plants in a trench 12 inches (30 cm) deep by 18 inches (45 cm) wide. This will allow for stalks to be gathered and wrapped in wax paper and the trenches to be filled in about midseason; this is part of the blanching process.
  • Self-blanching varieties do not require trenches or efforts to blanch the stalks.
  • Harden plants by reducing water for 7 to 10 days before transplanting.
  • Use row covers to keep plants warm for a month after transplanting if necessary.
  • Space plants 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) apart in all directions.
  • Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of sowing; compost will feed the soil and aide moisture retention.
  • Celery grows best when daytime temperatures are in the 60s°
  • Celery prefers a pH range of at least 5.8 to 6.8.
  • Grow celery in full sun; celery tolerates partial shade.
  • Avoid planting celery where carrots, dill, fennel, parsley, or parsnips have grown recently.
  • Fertilize with an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion at half strength.
  • Common pests include aphids, cabbage loopers, celery worms, slugs, weevils, spider mites and whiteflies.
  • Common diseases include blight, damping off, leaf spot, and celery mosaic.

Interplanting: Grow celery with beans, cabbage family plants, lettuce, spinach, and peas.

Container Growing Celery: Grow self-blanching varieties in a container at least 10-12 inches (25-30) wide and deep.

Celery Planting Calendar

  • 12-10 weeks before the last frost in spring: start seed indoors.
  • 3-2 weeks before the last frost in spring: transplant seedlings into the garden; minimum soil temperature should be 40°
  • Sow seed indoors every 6 to 8 weeks for succession crops.
  • 8 weeks after the last spring frost: transplant seedlings into the garden for autumn and winter harvest.

Celery grows best when daytime temperatures are in the 60s°F.

Recommended Celery Varieties

  • ‘Conquistador’ is tolerant of temperature and moisture stress.
  • ‘Ventura’ is disease tolerant and early to harvest.
  • ‘Tango’ is an early variety.

Celery types: There are two types of celery: blanching and self-blanching. Blanching varieties require the exclusion of sunlight from their leaf stalks in order to blanch or turn white. Self-blanching varieties spontaneously lose the chlorophyll in their leaf stalks and do not require trenches for blanching.

Botanical Name: Apium graveolens var. dulce

Celery is a member of the Apiaceae also called Umbelliferae family, other members of this family include carrots, dill, fennel, parsley, and parsnips.

More tips: How to Grow Celery.

How to plant:

Propagate by seed

Germination temperature: 70 F to 75 F – Optimum when starting indoors.

Days to emergence: 14 to 21

Seed can be saved 5 years.

Maintenance and care: Start plants inside about 10 to 12 weeks before last frost. Plant several seeds per cell. Seeds need light to germinate, so don’t cover seed deeply. Keep soil moist and warm (about 70 F to 75 F) until seeds germinate in 2 to 3 weeks. After germination, grow inside in a cool location (about 60 F to 70 F). Thin to one seed per cell.

Plants will withstand light frost, but 10 days with night temperatures below 40 and days below 55 F can cause bolting. So harden plants by reducing water, not lowering temperature.

Set out transplants 6 to 12 inches apart, rows 18 to 36 inches apart, about 2 weeks before average last frost.

Plants are shallow-rooted and require consistent moisture. Lack of water will make stalks fibrous and bitter. Mulch to retain moisture, suppress weeds and avoid disturbing roots when cultivating.

For a milder flavor, blanch by wrapping stalks two weeks before harvest with paper, a cardboard milk carton or other material.

Pests: Aphids
Tarnished plant bug
Cabbage loopers
Whiteflies
Cutworms

Use floating row covers early in the season, and collars if cutworms are present.

Diseases: Leaf blights
Celery mosaic
Black heart – calcium deficiency, add lime

Celery diseases are rarely a problem in home gardens.

How to Regrow Celery ~ from kitchen scraps

We have a small backyard garden and we love to grow our own food. Growing celery seems too fussy until I found this post. We always have a celery stalk in the fridge, and until now the base has been simply discarded to the chickens. No longer! Ready to learn how regrowing celery works?

Sustainable Food Scraps ~ gardening with kids

Simply chop the base from the celery stalk, leaving about 2 inches. Place it in a dish of water in a sunny location. Something that easy sounds too good to be true. But that is all you need to do.

Notice how yellow the center leaves are. That is the area that we will be watching for growth.

You will start noticing changes quickly. After just a couple days in the water, you should see the celery’s center leaves starting to grow. No roots will be visible yet.

After just 1 week, the center leaves should change color and starting to poke up a little bit. Still no roots at this point.

Make your own mini green house

Since our house does not have wonderful sunny windows for growing plants. So we resorted to creating a mini green house, and taking the celery outside. The weather is warming up, but it is still cool outside at nights. The inverted plastic box helped to regulate the temperature and keep it moist. Notice all the moisture on the side of the container. This is also a great way to start seeds, but just make sure you are checking on your plants/seeds, so they don’t get too hot or dry out.

Our celery has been growing in only water for three weeks. We are just getting aroung to transplanting it into soil. This step could be done sooner. I am amazed at how little attention our little celery plant needed. Which is perfect for our house:)

Notice the difference between the 3 week old celery plant and the “new” celery base. There is no growth on the new plant yet, but it will happen really quickly!

We finally transplanted our little celery and he is so happy! I am curious how long it will take before our little celery plants are ready to be eaten.

Tips for growing Celery:

  • Celery does not grow well in hot conditions, so make sure you give your celery plant adequate water and shade during the hottest part of the day. If your plant does not receive enough water, it will become tough and stringy. YUCK! So keep your plant hydrated!
  • You can remove only a few stalks of celery at a time. No need to harvest the whole plant. When doing this, make sure you remove the outer stalks first and let the less developed inner stalks continue growing. Take care not to damage the rest of the plant if removing individual stalks.

The kids love snacking on celery, so we are really excited to see how it tastes! They think it will be AMAZING to run out to the garden and “sneak” a celery stalk. There is something about growing your own food that is really satisfying!

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