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How to Grow Celery Plants

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Celery is a vegetable that is popular with the health conscious. Celery stalks are almost absent of calories, yet contains important vitamins and minerals. Celery has a very mild flavor, Some people complain that it has little, or no taste. Fresh garden grown celery usually has a stronger, pleasant flavor. The mild taste is what makes celery stalks such a great tool for dipping into your favorite dip, salad dressing, or sauce. It also adds a little crunch to recipes.

Did you Know? Celery has negative calories? Being almost absent of calories, the process of eating consumes calories, netting you a negative calorie meal or snack!

Surprisingly, Celery is not commonly found in the home garden, despite the fact that is a very common item in the grocery store. This is because it is a more difficult to grow than the common garden fruits and vegetables. Growing Celery requires a longer growing season, and prefers cooler temperatures. Celery originated in wetland areas, and requires lots of water. Without the proper care, Celery stalks can be very dry and stringy.

The more demanding conditions and attention that celery needs, sometimes causes home growers to rise to the challenge. A high proportion of growers look for a different vegetable or variety each year, as a challenge to their gardening skills. Why not make growing celery your next challenge?

Celery originated in the Mediterranean. It has been grown as a food crop for thousands of years. It has also had  many other uses dating back to ancient times, including medicine, funerals and more.

Varieties of Celery Plants:

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  • There are a limited number of varieties on the market.

  • Varieties that require blanching are little used in the home garden, as they require a lot of extra work.

  • As previously mentioned, it is difficult to find them in seed catalogues and are usually available as seedlings in garden stores. You may even have to shop around for seedlings as many garden stores will not carry them.

Planting Celery:

We recommend you start seedlings indoors, using a germination mat. The seeds are very tiny, difficult to sow, and requires thinning out seedlings. In addition, the longer growing season may necessitate an indoor start in many areas of the country.

Sow celery seeds in individual pots or containers. The seeds are very tiny. Put as few as possible into each pot. After they have germinated and are large enough to thin, remove all but two or three. As they continue to grow, thin to one per pot (individual cell).

Transplant outdoors after the last date for frost in your area.

Space plants one foot apart, in rows 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart.

Ideal soil ph:  6.0 - 7.0 More on soil pH

Growing and Caring for Celery Plants:

Grow Celery in the lowest area of your garden. The plants require lots of water. Make sure to provide plenty of water during the entire growing season, especially during hot, dry weather. If the plants do not get enough water, the stalks will be dry, and stringy.

Did you know? Celery plants are native to areas along creeks, where constant moisture is present.

Celery plants are heavy feeders.

Grow Celery plants in full sun, and in a rich a rich, garden soil. Add plenty of compost and mulch around the plants to help retain moisture. Add general purpose fertilizer as you work the soil before planting, and fertilize regularly. Add mulch as needed, to help retain soil moisture and add nutrients.

Late in the season, blanch inner stalks by tying the stalks together with twine.

Also See:

Plant Problems - causes and cures

Soil Temperatures - germination temperature by vegetable

Ideal Soil pH - by vegetable

Days to Maturity:

Approximately 120 to 140 days.

Insects and Pests:

A broad range of insects and pests are attracted to Celery. These include Slugs, Aphids, Leafhoppers, Celery flies, and more. About slug and snail control


Leaf spot and blight are the most common problems. Splitting of stalks is a result of dry weather and too little moisture . As with most plants, blights occur most frequently in wet weather and should be treated early with fungicide. Bacteria can also cause rotting in the center of the stalk.

Harvesting Celery:

Harvest after the stalks have reached a foot or more. The outside stalks may be discarded or used in soups if undamaged by slug and other insects. The inner stalks are more tender and taste best uncooked.


Celery plants are one to the hardiest plants in the vegetable garden.  They will survive frosts and light freezes. If frost does damage the plant, the inner stalks should still be good.


Most critters shy away from Celery. And, many gardeners will be ecstatic to know, that deer do not eat it!

Health Benefits of Eating Celery:

Eating Celery offers several health benefits. They include:

  • Almost no calories

  • Helps balance blood pH

  • Lowers Cholesterol

  • Helps relieve constipation

  • Normalizes body temperature

  • Promotes normal, healthy Kidney function

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Recipes: May we suggest:

Tip: Get kids to eat more celery. Put peanut butter on it, and serve it as a healthy snack.

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