Care and Planting Instructions

Transplant your seedlings to a location that will get at least 6 hours of sun per day. Space the plants 10-12 inches apart in rows 2 to 3 feet apart. Set them no deeper than they grew in pots. Mulch and water in each seedling with compost tea if available and fertilize regularly. When stalks are 6-8 inches tall consider tying the growing celery stalks together to keep them from sprawling.

If summers are hot in your area, transplant your seedlings where they will be shaded during the hottest part of the day. If you anticipate dry weather conditions, consider allowing space between rows for a shallow trench that can be flooded with water to help keep soil conditions moist. Using organic mulch or grass clippings around each plant will also help keep the soil cool and moist.

Celery apium graveolens

Peppermint stick celery
Shade tolerant. Potent flavor.
Striped candy pink and green
stalks. 10-24″.
Harvest 60 days.
Tango celery
Tender, smooth stalks. Super-sweet
Not stringy. Early, high-yielding.
Hybrid  18-20″
Harvest 80 days.

Celery culture –

Celery is a long-season crop that originated in Greece. High in fiber yet low in calories, celery is a good source of vitamins A, C and K. It prefers rich, moist soil, cooler temperatures and constant moisture. It is not heat or cold tolerant and does not tolerate drought of any kind. Drought negatively affects the taste of the celery stalk. Using chopped celery stalks in salads, soups, stews and main dishes imparts flavor and texture.

If summers are hot in your area, transplant your seedlings where they will be shaded during the hottest part of the day. If you anticipate dry weather conditions, consider allowing space between rows for a shallow trench that can be flooded with water to help keep soil conditions moist. Using organic mulch or grass clippings around each plant will also help keep the soil cool and moist.

To harvest, cut the plant off just below the soil line, or cut single stalks harvesting from the outside in when they reach 8 inches tall. The darker the stalks are the more nutrients they contain. However the texture changes with color, the lighter green stalks are more tender, the darker stalks tend to be tougher. For best results, cut stalks with a sharp knife, wash and dry then wrap in paper towels and place in plastic bag in the refrigerator. The paper towel between the celery and plastic allows the celery to breathe a little, but not lose too much moisture. It should be used within two weeks.

Celery can be kept in the garden for up to a month if soil is built up around it to maintain an ideal temperature. Note: Celery will tolerate a light frost, but not consecutive frosts.