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Growing Celery

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Celery in Australia - tropical 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 12°C and 21°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 - 30 cm 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
  • 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

26 Oct 17, Johnson Yap , Central Phillipunes (Australia - tropical climate)
Can Celery survive in tropical area, particulary here in Central Phillipines
26 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Celery is more a cool weather crop. If you built a shade house it might work. Say with 30 or 50% shade cloth. Some plants need cool weather to grow but still need sun light also.. Also the weather conditions are important. Like heat waves and very heavy rain down pours. We have had 5" of rain at the start of Oct and then another 12" last week. 17" when the average is 2.5" for Oct. You can only try it to find out.
05 Oct 17, Daniel (Australia - temperate climate)
thanks
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.
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?
08 Mar 14, (Australia - temperate climate)
Some of my celery stalks are a bit hollow, anyone know what causes this?
27 Jan 14, mick (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
is celery frost resistant
30 Dec 13, lj (Australia - temperate climate)
Celery is a traditionally cool weather crop (if you are after the long white crunchy stems) but they do have a high demand for regular watering and fertilizing.. If they are grown too slowly the stems become bitter (which is what I think you are meaning by salty). If you want crunchy, sweet stems you do need to keep up the water and nutrients (complete type but high in nitrogen and potash). You can also grow them right thru the warmer months if you ratoon the plants when you harvest. i.e. cut off all the leaves and use them however you like. The plants will re-grow but remember to keep up the water and nutrients. I have grown celery for leave (not the stems ) right thru a warm summer and ratooned them 3-4 times with no problems. You will find you won’t get the long crunchy stems in the warmer periods but the small crunchy stems and sweet leaves are still great in cooking. So in answer to your question, along as they are growing well and the leaves/stems are sweet, then keep eating them. Cheers John.
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