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Celery Growing Information
Celery seeds need gentle warmth to germinate. If it’s still cold you can start in a hothouse or an indoor windowsill. Germination is slow and can take up to three weeks, so you’ll need to be patient. Once they’re big enough to handle transplant them into plug trays or, to buy you a little more time, move them into their own pots.
Often it is easiest to just wait till October, and sow quite a few seeds into a depression in the ground and keep well-watered all the time. Celery loves a nutritious soil that has been enriched with plenty of compost or well-rotted manure. Once they’re planted your most important task is to keep celery well-watered at all times, which will reduce the risk of plants bolting or stems turning stringy. Add a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser as plants are establishing to help to give them a boost.
To harvest celery, don’t cut the whole plant out unless you really want to. Pick larger stems off as needed and the plant will continue to grow. Celery is Biennial and will flower the following year in Spring.