Growing Chinese Celery Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Apium Graveolens
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 100 days
- Hardiness Zone: 2-10
- Planting Depth: ¼"
- Plant Spacing: 12"
- Row Spacing: 18-24"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Moist soil with ph level of 6 to 7
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full or Partial Sun
- Diseases/pests: Susceptible to cutworms, aphids, mosaic virus and bolting
- Color: Dark green
- Flavor: Mild and crunchy texture
The Chinese can be sown indoors and transplanted after ten to twelve weeks, or can be sown directly outdoors ten to twelve weeks before the last average frost of the season. These seeds do best in moist soil with a pH level between six and seven. Sow the celery seeds a quarter inch deep in the soil, with twelve inches between plants and eighteen to twenty four inches between rows. While growing, the Chinese crops will need plenty of constant watering. The stalks can be harvested by cutting at the base. They can be refrigerated and used within a couple of weeks.
Used in many Asian soups and stews, these pencil thin bright light green stalks can be harvested beginning at about 60 days and continuing through about 90 days. The stalks and leaves have that distinct celery smell and taste and can be harvested in the micro-green stage at about 30 days. The thickness of sowing would depend upon stage at which the stalks are to be harvested.
Check out this this article by Texas A&M about the history of celery as medicine.