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 beside): Not applicable as celery needs to be close together to encourage blanching.
  • Avoid growing close to: Sweetcorn

Your comments and tips

16 Jan 19, Tonimarie Heron (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi. I would be really grateful if yo had any advice on to grow celery all year round. It sells all year in the super market, so I'm assuming it is possible? Many thanks, Toni.
21 Jan 19, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
No you can't.
22 Jan 19, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Supermarkets buy from different climates etc.
18 Mar 19, perry (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I have had success growing celery in the shade this summer north of Auckland. I think I planted in November where the plants needed to grow tall to reach the light.
27 Jun 19, Ghulam (New Zealand - temperate climate)
hi l am living in canterbury now can i plant celery?
28 Jun 19, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Look up what climate zone you are and check when to plant.
14 Aug 19, craig (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
what is meant by lifting celery after 11 weeks (Gardenate ed.- i have revised that and added 'to use' after lifting )
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My celery has been the biggest hit in my garden all Summer here in Taumarunui. Its starting to look past its best, rip it out now or wait for the frost to get it and continue to use it until then? I was under the impression you could sow celery for winter, this is obviously wrong and I should now wait till spring? :}

- Yvette

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