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Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Celery comes in trench and self-blanching types. The trench varieties are tastier and winter-hardy but need a lot of TLC. The self-blanching varieties are easier (although still not easy) but are frost-tender and lack the crispness and taste of trenching varieties. You'll need to grow both types to have celery on the table from August to February.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightdislike
Loamyok
Heavyprefer
pH6.6 - 6.8
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnok
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openprefer
Shelteredprefer

Trenching

sow indoors sow indoors

Sow seeds on the surface of the soil under heat (15 °C).


prick out prick out

Prick out when seedlings are large enough to handle. Keep at 10°C until seedlings have 4-6 true leaves then harden off.


plant plant

Between plants: 23cm
Between rows: 90cm

Dig a trench 30cm deep and 40cm wide. Pile earth on both sides of the trench. Loosen the bottom with a fork then add a layer of manure topped with soil to bring the soil level to 8cm below the top of the trench. When plants reach 25-30cm high (August) begin blanching by wrapping plants in cardboard or newspaper - to prevent soil getting into the hearts) and earthing up. Repeat in September.


harvest harvest

Use a fork to ease from the ground, replacing soil to leave remaining plants covered.


Self-blanching

sow indoors sow indoors

Sow seeds on the surface of the soil under heat (10-18 °C). Do not cover.


prick out prick out

Between plants: 5cm
Between rows: 5cm

Prick out when seedlings are large enough to handle. Keep at 10°C until seedlings have 4-6 true leaves then harden off.


plant plant

Between plants: 23cm
Between rows: 23cm

Plant out in a block (not in rows) with min. 15 and max. 28cm between plants. The shade the plants give eachother will help the blanching. The edges of the block can be wrapped in black plastic or cardboard to help those on the exposed sides blanch. Keep well-watered.


harvest harvest

Lift (with a fork or trowel - don't pull) as needed from August until the first frosts - self-blanching celery is not frost-hardy. If left too long, the crop can become stringy.


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