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Growing Celery

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
T                 S S T

(Best months for growing Celery in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings.

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 54°F and 70°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 17-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Not applicable as celery needs to be close together to encourage blanching.
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Sweetcorn
  • Celery seedlings
    Celery seedlings

Most varieties improve with blanching but there are some self-blanching varieties available. To Blanch: plant in trenches 15- 20 cm (6-8 in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart. Leave about 40 cm (17 in) between rows. Fill the trenches gradually and keep well watered as the plants grow. The plants can be lifted as needed after about 11 weeks. Alternatively wrap the plants in sleeves of paper or black plastic.

Celery needs moist fertile soil.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Celery

Chop and use raw in salad or braised in hot dishes.

Your comments and tips

19 Oct 16, Pana (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
For the past few months, I have been buying celery from our local supermarket. Every celery that I have bought has had its sweet center sticks cut off... not the center core stems and leaves though. I complained to the manager and he called the farmer. The farmer said that they have been cutting the sticks off because they were flowering... That makes no sense to me. Surely the flowers come from the center of the core or on different looking stems... not on the sweet inner leaf stems that we usually eat... please confirm.
15 Feb 16, wayne (USA - Zone 8a climate)
depending on the authors knowledge of living for a year in each of the zones... weather has changing attitudes in each. I hope the 3200 elevation in mid california does fine. we are a vegetable growing couple, ready for new adventures. wish us luck
09 Nov 15, may (Australia - temperate climate)
just want to know why u have to cover the celery when it grows into stalks what is the reason for it and u stated its a cooler climate then why do they sell in nurseries
20 Mar 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
It is not so much, cover the stalks but protect the side stalks. Celery is best grown close to each other in rows. This then blocks out the sun from the side stalks. With lots of sunlight the side stalks become very green and bitter. Usually you trim these off the plants when harvesting them. Or protect the sides from the sun and then you can eat these stalks also. It is ridicules what nurseries and Bunnings etc sell in the wrong time of the year. Go to "Seed Collection Pty Ltd" and find their planting guide for Veg, flowers, herbs.
23 Mar 15, (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi when is the corect tome to plant celery from. Seedim very sucsessful in growing alomat everything fron basil to garlic I'm not sure about celery I want those big long stems aswell regards sharon
27 Aug 14, Emmanuel (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can I grow celery in the same bed with green beans?
17 Mar 16, Bee-Pie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Yes. Celery requires high amounts of nitrogen & beans fix nitrogen in the soil pulling it from the air.
24 Jul 14, Yvonne (Australia - temperate climate)
live on Yorke Peninsula South Australia and would like to grow Celery. Is it possible and could I have some tips please?
28 May 14, jada s (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
finally I have a garden after 33 years in an apartment! I am trying sooooo hard to grow something in my long awaiting garden but the lettuce hasn't made it, the rocket hasn't made it and I can kind of see a pin head broccoli shooting through. But I don't even know what 'plant in' or 'plant out' means? My 2 year old granddaughter planted a garlic clove in with the broccoli and lettuce and hers shooted up but mine of course was a no show, she even planted them upside down, here help please, did I start too big?
14 May 14, diane (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My celery has white colour on the leaves almost like white spots. Do you perhaps know whats causing this or what I can do to remedy.
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