Tags: Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated
No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers
Latin Name: Apium graveolens
Days to Maturity: 100-120
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.
| 1 Packet
| 1 Ounce
| 1/2 Pound
| 1 Pound
| 5 Pounds
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
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.