Growing Golden Self-Blanching Celery Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Apium graveolens
- Other Names: Celery
- Days to Maturity: 85 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: Surface sow, requires light for germination
- Plant Spacing: 6-12”
- Row Spacing: 1-1/2-3’
- Growth Habit: Shallow-rooted, upright growth as tall as 30"
- Soil Preference: Rich soil with high fertility and a pH of 6.0 to 7.0; requires consistent and plentiful moisture
- Temp Preference: Cool weather below 80 degrees F during the day; nighttime temperatures above 40 degrees F and daytime temperatures above 55 degrees F to prevent bolting
- Light Preference: Full sun; tolerates partial shade
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, tarnished plant bug, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, cutworms, leaf blights, celery mosaic, black heart
- Color: Medium green foliage, light green stalks
- Flavor: Rich, juicy, and crunchy
Golden Self-Blanching Celery Growth Habits:
Growing celery from seed is intimidating for some gardeners, but it is easy to grow when you know the basic requirements of the plant. Compared to most vegetable seeds, celery seeds are slow to germinate. It can take up to 3 weeks for celery seed to germinate. Golden self-blanching celery seeds should be started indoors 10 to 12 weeks before your last frost date and should be sown on the surface of your starter mix, as the seeds require light to germinate. You'll need to keep the surface of the soil evenly moist while waiting for the celery seeds to germinate. Because they can tolerate a light frost and prefer cool weather, celery seedlings can be transplanted into the garden about 2 weeks prior to your last frost date.
Because celery plants have shallow roots and require consistent moisture in the soil, a regular watering schedule is very important. Celery that has inadequate amounts of water during the growing season may become bitter and more fibrous.
Celery stalks have an upright growth habit and will reach a height of about 30".
Various Uses for Golden Self-Blanching Celery:
Celery is most commonly used to add flavor to soups and stuffing, however, there are plenty of celery recipes where the often-underrated vegetable shines, including celery soup, Kombu celery, and celery salad. Celery is also often used to enjoy vegetable dips, and can be paired with peanut butter for a classic kid-friendly snack.
Golden Self-Blanching Celery Benefits:
Celery is a crunchy, low-calorie food that's packed with antioxidants, including beta carotene and flavonoids. Celery supports digestion with high amounts of water and soluble and insoluble fiber.
Celery tolerates damp soil because it originated in wetland areas of the Mediterranean.
Celery is harvested by cutting the stalks off at the base just above the soil surface. After it is harvested, it can be kept crisp in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 g - Approximately 2,300 Seeds
- 0.25 oz - Approximately 16,250 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 65,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 260,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 1,040,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 5,200,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 26,000,000 Seeds