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Tags: Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated

Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers

Latin Name: Apium graveolens

Days to Maturity: 100-120


Description:

Long and crisp stalks have unbeatable flavor. Once you have tasted organic celery grown at home, you will never go back to store-bought celery. Tall Utah produces large plants with compact hearts. Plants average 30” tall. Stalks are 12” long and medium-dark green. Best for late summer crops.

Long known as an unsurpassable diet food, celery stalks contain 94% water and only 15 calories in 2 medium stalks. Surprisingly, celery contains about a dozen antioxidants as well as about 37% Daily Value of vitamin K in 1 cup. Enjoy it in 3 forms: its leaf, the stalks, and the swollen rootstock we know as celeriac.


Unit SizePriceDescription
1 Packet $2.99 500
1 Ounce $12.00 62,500
1/2 Pound $33.00 500,000
1 Pound $57.00 1,000,000
5 Pounds $200.00 5,000,000

Growing Tips:

CULTURE: The most successful crops are grown for fall harvest rather than mid-summer harvest. Weather fluctuations and cold nights cause celery to bolt. Sow in sterile seedling mix indoors February through April. Keep soil moist. When raising transplants soil temperature is vital to success. Transplant in rows 18-24 inches apart when the weather is warm enough for peppers and melons. Celery is one of the heaviest feeding plants grown in the garden. Apply 1 1/2-2 cups of fertilizer into the soil per 5 row feet to provide adequate nutrition. Keep well watered. Bolting is the result of young plants being exposed to nighttime air temperatures below 55°F for a week or more. Direct sowing is not recommended.

DISEASE: Good preventive measures include crop rotation, adequate water supply, and aphid control.

INSECTS/PESTS: The larva of the carrot fly is an occasional celery pest. Mature larva are 3/8 inch long, straw-colored, and wiry. Worms burrow into the heart and kill or stunt the plant. Crop row covers such as Reemay, Grow Guard 20, or Summer Insect Barrier are very effective deterrents.

HARVEST: Many varieties of celery will stand in the garden until spring, allowing light pickings for soups and salad. Chopping off the entire head is not advisable. Instead, pick individual stalks as needed. In spring, the unopened flowers and the tender stalks below them are particularly good tasting.

SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 65%. Usual seed life: 3 years.