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Giant Red (85 days) Large red stalks and yellowish pink hearts with a strong celery flavor. Great for salads or eating out of hand.
|#9921 Packet $8.50 Approximately 1000 seeds||
|#B5m-9921 Bulk seed, 5000 seeds $17.50||
Gold Self Blanching (85 days) Compact yellow 7 inch stalks. Great market variety.
|#9922 Packet $6.50 Approximately 1000 seeds||
|#B5m-9922 Bulk seed, 5000 seeds $17.50||
Peppermint Stick (80 days) Unique bicolor red and white striped stalks with a bold celery flavor. A real eye-catcher for market and home use.
|#9923 Packet $10.50 Approximately 1000 seeds||
|#B5m-9923 Bulk seed, 5000 seeds $20.00||
Utah Tall (120 Days) Standard celery with 10in. crisp stalks withstand some heat and moisture stress.
|#1246 Packet $3.50 Approximately 200 seeds||
|#B1z-1246 Bulk seed, 1oz $8.50||
|#B4z-1246 Bulk seed 4oz $16.50||
|B1-1246 Bulk seed, 1lb $53.50||
Green Queen (Shanghai Celery) (75 days) - Deep green leaves and stems with a full celery flavor.
|#12358 Packet $5.50 Approximately 1000 seeds||
|#B5m-12358 Bulk seed, 5000 seeds $20.50||
White Stem (75 days) - This heirloom from Taiwan has crisp yellow green stems and white ribs. Mild celery flavor - great for stir fries and soups.
|#9924 Packet $5.50 Approximately 1000 seeds||
|#B5m-9924 Bulk seed, 5000 seeds $20.50||
|#B1lb-1246W Dried whole seed (for herbal use) $17.00||
|#B1lb-1246G Dried ground seed (for herbal use) $17.00||
The modern garden celery is a biennial cultivar of wild celery
and a member of the Carrot family, Umbelliferae (syn. Apiacaea),
although most cultivated types can be grown as annuals. It
has long fibrous roots and smooth divided leaves on long thick
stalks. The plants bear small yellow blooms the second
year. The leaf stalks are edible and leaves, stalks and
seeds are widely used medicinally.
Celery is a more complicated plant to grow than some and needs
very deeply tilled rich soil to grow well. It also needs a
great deal of water and cannot be allowed to become excessively
dry during its growth cycle. Propagation is done by sowing
seeds. Sow seeds in pots, trays or greenhouse boxes in early
spring 10-12 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Growing
medium should be very rich with compost or humus, loam, and
sand. Sow at a depth of 1/4inch. Keep moist at
65-70F. When seedlings have 2 true leaves, transplant to
larger containers or plug trays. Grow on at 70-75F.
Harden off plants by reducing water slightly, not by lowering the
temperature, which can induce bolting. Transplant outdoors
when all danger of frost is past, when temperatures do not fall
below 65F. Exposing plants to weather below 55F can induce
bolting. Prepare the garden area by cultivating deeply (at
least 8-10 inches) and working in a great deal of organic matter -
compost, composted manure or leaf mold. One method of
planting in good deep soil involves digging a trench 18 inches
wide and setting aside the removed soil, then filling the trench
with manure, compost or leaf mold. The removed soil is then
put on top of the trench and filled to within 6 inches of the
top. Plants are then set out in the trench, 18 inches
apart. Trenches should be 30 inches apart. The soil
mounded to the side of the trench is then used as the season
progresses to pile against the growing plants. Most
gardeners, however, can have good luck by planting on a level
surface and cultivating deeply. Soil should be kept free of
weeds and well watered, though not soggy as over watering can
cause the inner leaves to become black.
Some people prefer their celery blanched (bleached by blocking some sunlight) before picking. Do this
on a dry day when the plants are not wet. Draw the stalks
together and bank soil around the plants while they grow.
Remove all suckers that appear as these sap strength from the main
plant. Soil should not be packed tightly, but merely mounded
around the plant. Blanching can also be accomplished by
drawing the stalks together and wrapping them with shanks of hay
or straw, then mounding the soil around them. Another method is to
place 1 x 10 x 8ft. boards on the 1 inch edge along either side of
the rows (like a short fence), hammer stakes in to the ground to
hold the boards in place, then fill between the boards around the
plants with soil. This should be done gradually as the
plants gain height. By the end of the season, only the tops of the
plants should be visible. These plants can be kept in the
ground until the following spring and harvested then. It is
also possible to simply wrap a collar of cardboard or thick
newspaper around the plants 3-4 weeks before cutting.
(Also, as with many garden vegetables that are eaten fresh, or pickled for long term storage, Water blanching - the short dip in a boiling water bath, is often recommended for safest handling.)
You can continue to grow celery into the fall, but make certain
to cover the plants if frost appears imminent.
Medicinally, celery has been used as a treatment for stomach
upset, gout, as a sleep aid and a tonic. Celery oil has been
used as a calming tea and to treat rheumatism. Celery can
also produce dermatitis in some individuals.
HARVEST: Stalks can be cut any time after reaching a
good size. For storage, dip the plants in cold water after
cutting, then store just above freezing in high humidity. Celery
store in this manner should be good for 1-2 months.
SEED SPECS: Approximately 60,000 seeds per
ounce; Average 9,600 transplants per acre at 1 plant every
18 inches, rows 36 inches apart
There is great diversity in the vegetable varieties that we offer; which makes the general information provided only valuable as adjustable guidelines. This may also affect your seed planting and propagation strategies and the germination rates under your planting conditions may vary from the seed lot test results. The following soil temperature data is for celery in general. Temperatures are average daytime from planting to emergence. Percentage is average germination rate. Days is number of days to emergence.
32ºF x 0% x 0 days; 41ºF x 70% x 41 days; 50ºF x 72% x 16 days; 59ºF x 80% x 12 days; 68ºF x 97% x 7 days; 77ºF x 65% x 7 days; 86ºF x 0% x 0 days;
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