Is there a thread on this? I thought there was but I didn't find it? Any tips?
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Virginia Zone 7
I grew celery from seed for 2 years. Start them just like any other seed. They are very slow growing so start them early.
Zone 7b Southeastern PA
I have grown celery from seed too, and it was slow to start. I grew it for "micro greens" in a pot.
This year I will try it in the actual garden.
I have heard on here that it's fussy - some people can grow it and some not.
I tried for 2 yrs. to get some big enough to plant out. Haven't succeeded yet, but I have some that finally came up last week.
It is slow to germinate for me and very slow to grow. Just hope I can get it out before our heat sets in. I have 2 varieties going this year, Utah and a cutting variety.
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S.W. Ga., zone 8b but acts more like zone 9
Red, you need to start celery indoors and then plant the seedlings out in the garden. I doubt that you will get any celery if you try to direct seed them in the garden.
Yep, start it inside a good 8 weeks before setting out. It needs plenty of light; a window won't do. It will flop over after transplanting, but don't worry; within a week it comes back. It needs deep mulch and drip irrigation to keep the soil steadily moist.
Worth everything you give it. We sell tons every year.
okay rexx and phossel I will keep you posted what happens.
what happened in the pot 2 yrs ago, was that I sprinkled the seeds (outside) in the pot and kept them wet and they did nothing, yet ohhh... I didn't keep track, what seemed like months later - there they were! so then I started watering again. this same pot produces micro greens every year when mother nature says it's time.
I really like this lazy/poor mans way of gardening... put the seeds, see what happens!
I grow for fun, for ONE, any overages to the marion/polk food share.
Thanks. They are up and doing well under the lights but are planted at about 6 per pot in the 9 pack. Do I need to thin them? They are tiny yet.
I am wasting a whole kiddy pool or two of water every day for the geese so I was hoping to figure out a way to get the goose water to slow drip to the celery (obviously outside the goose fence or they would just be tasty snacks for the geese, LOL.)
I'm not sure that would be all that healthy. Celery is almost all water, & sucks it up like a syphon. I recall a common school experiment where one stuck celery stalks in a glass of water containing food coloring, & in a very short amount of time, one could cut into the top of the stalk & find the dye. I don't care much for the visual of eating celery that's absorbed water infused with goose feces. . . .
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Zone 7a, Culpeper, Virginia
Not a pleasant thought for sure.
I don't grow as many plants as Peter so I don't have to treat them as well but I DO start mine on a windowsill with good results. However I have a South facing windowsill so they get plenty of sun.
When I plant them outside I mulch really well to conserve moisture and water them every couple of days when the weather is really hot. I don't have a drip irrigation system.
I agree with brown and Breezy. I don't think I'd water the celery with goose water. Maybe use that water on a new compost pile.
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Hey Brown, do you have a problem with slugs in your celery? Last year they damaged most of mine.
Northern Il,along the Fox River.
I'm not brown, but yes, they damaged much of mine also. Too wet and rainy. Fortunately, the damage isn't major.
And Brown, window-starting is fine and you don't need drip irrigation. I knew that...(he says, hiding behind the sofa)
The only reason I don't trust windows, even south-facing, is that as the sun's arc rises in spring -- just when your plants need more sun -- the light's angle tends to reflect off the glass and not penetrate as it did in January.
But hey, what works, works.
I had the celery along a drip hose, I won't do that this year.
I used the windowsill before I had my fluorescent light set up but it really did pretty well although I did turn the trays quite frequently.
This past year I didn't grow celery because it got a blight the previous year and it's said to persist in the soil so I turned that area into a garlic bed instead and bought my celery.
I really didn't have a slug problem until the end of the season when I wrapped the celery with newspapers to blanch it. Up until then I had it mulched with straw but was careful not to bury the crowns.
I didn't get a whole lot of slugs but I did see some when I unwrapped the plants. They really didn't do much damage though.
Peter - you can come out from behind the couch now.
So glad you are doing celery!
When the plants get big enough to hang onto, I put 2 plants to a 4 inch wide pot. I have seeds started, not up yet. I set mine out here 4/15. I used to grow for the whole head harvest. Now I grow as a cut and come again. It's like parsley. Cut from the outside. The crown keeps growing. I don't blanch. I did one year, but I like it better unblanched. Everyone has different taste buds for celery too! ahahahah
If you celery gets leggy before it goes in the ground, remember, you can bury it up to the crown, just don't cover the crown. I never had a slug problem. I don't know why though. I mulch it with grass clippings to help keep the soil cool and moist. I planted out last year in April. It made it through drought(had to water) and never died back till November. I used the plants the entire season. I just LOVE celery. And the leaves.
I hope it works well for you.
Some old threads you were looking for. Fun reading:
There are many more, just pulled up 2 that had some info that might be pertinent to some people later this year.
Great idea. Usually keep waiting for it to head up (stalk up?) and then suddenly there is a bunch of snow over it. Next year, I'll keep snipping.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 17 little gardeners: what a harvest!
Zone 7a, Far Rockaway, New York
I grew it last year successfully .. It enjoyed all the rainy weather..it tastes so much more flavorful. I was sad when fall came..but I mulched it and left the newspaper wrap around it. I pulled the heads when the first deep freeze was forecast, trimmed the tap root and stuck it in a vase of water. It lasted till mid January..even sprouting tiny shoots.
I couldn't believe how long it lasted.
OK, embarassing question here - what do you consider the "crown" of the celery? Didn't figure it was the bulb part at the bottom, but who knows!
Have always wanted to try celery for various reasons - besides loving to eat it.
Used to live near "celery swamps" in the midwest growing up and loved watching as the plants sprouted and grew. (Also LOVED the smell of all that "black dirt"!!!)
Amish use alot of celery for some of their wedding feast traditions. Because of family history, I've always been interested in their lifestyle.....
Where are you located? Did ya tell us, and I forget?
Crown of celery:
When celery grows, the growth comes from the center of the plant, which is called the crown. You can cut the outside stalks, but NEVER cut the growing point in the CENTER, if you want to use the celery as cut and come again.
The center of the plant will continue to grow and produce more stalks.
Have you grown parsley? Same thing happening. If you cut off the growing point (crown) of parsley, that's all you get.
Try some celery. Get it started this weekend. A pack of seeds is cheap. Call it your experiment. Have some fun. I bet you will be surprised in the end to find out just how simple this celery business is!
I will be looking forward to your updates!
Hi again Lisaaann. Looks like I'm following you thru the threads...
We're the the icy cold snowy state of NH. (Coldest year we've had in YEARS!!!)
Thanks for the tips.
No-one up here seems to know anything about growing celery! Sadly enough, guess they find it easier to buy in the grocery store.
OK, another dumb question - when they say not to cover the crown and the crown is on the inside of the plant, how do you know when/where to stop covering it?
As for getting started this weekend, "that ain't gonna happen". House/kitty sitting for a friend who won't be getting back until Sunday. Expecting a possibility of 3 back-to-back snow events, so don't think I'll be out buying seeds for a few days.
Which made me think about what to use for starting soil. The soil we saw in the celery swamps was black as could be and smelled wonderful. Wonder if celery needs to be started in a specific type of medium in order to do well. Also, does it require any special handling before being set out? Comments would be greatly appreciated.
MOSAK, you can list your location and zone at the bottom of your postings automatically. Just click on your avatar at the top of the page and click "edit profile".
You can type your zone and location in the "signature" box and then check the "automatically display with posts" box.
You can even make it a different color to make it stand out and many people place a line above their location info so that it does not blend in with the text in the posting.
It's nice to see where a poster is located when reading their postings. It also makes it easier to answer questions.
To answer your question about celery - plant the green part above ground and the non green parts below ground and you will be fine.
Celery likes a rich soil and it likes to stay moist but not soggy. I didn't use any special soil - just regular garden soil with lots of compost because it's a heavy feeder and a straw mulch on top to retain moisture.
I must have done a terrible job trying to explain the crown of the plant.
If you start seeds, I bet you will quickly figure out where the growing point (Crown) is!
My celery is not up yet...................so I took a pick of a leggy parsley plant to show you where the growing point(crown) is. Maybe this will help you understand me.
Notice how this plant is leggy(long stem between soil and plant).
You can bury this stem up to the teeny leaf you see in the middle of the plant.
Are you saying you can hill them up to the first set of true leaves? That I understand.
The "crown" of a plant is where the leaf stems sprout from the root stem. You don't want to cover that area with soil. So it's actually a bit below the first set of leaves.
like Breezy says.
I gotta tell ya, I'm never mentioning the crown of a plant again after this.
If you cover that teeny leaf, which is the growing point(crown haha), it will not make it. You will smother the plant, so to speak.
And it's a dang good thing that most plants don't have this issue.
Bury your tomato plant until you only see 1 leaf poking out of the soil. Just don't do that with celery and parsley and any brassicas...........
What else................before I never speak of crowns again?