Growing Heirloom Tendercrisp Celery Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Apium graveolens
- Other Names: Celery
- Days to Maturity: 90-105 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering, suitable for all USDA hardiness zones
- 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 26", with stalks up to 12" long
- 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: Dark green stalks
- Flavor: Rich, juicy, and crunchy
Non-GMO, Heirloom Tendercrisp Celery Growth Habits:
For some, growing celery from seed feels intimidating, partly because celery seeds are slow to germinate, taking up to 3 weeks in some cases. However, with a bit of knowledge about the celery plant's basic needs, growing celery from seed is very achievable for the home gardener and well-worth it for market growers.
Tendercrisp 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. That's because the seeds require light to germinate. Soaking celery seeds before planting them in starter mix can help with germination rates. The surface of the soil needs to be kept evenly moist while you wait for your celery seeds to germinate. Celery seedlings, which prefer cooler weather and can tolerate a light frost, should then be transplanted into the garden about 2 weeks prior to your last frost date. It should be noted, however, that if daytime temperatures drop below 55 degrees F after the seedlings have been transplanted, it may cause bolting.
Watering on a consistent schedule is very important when growing Tendercrisp celery because they have shallow roots. If celery doesn't get enough water as it grows, it can be come bitter and fibrous.
Tendercrisp celery stalks grow to about 12" tall, while the entire plant will reach a height of approximately 26".
You can harvest the stalks individually or cut the entire plant at the base.
Various Uses for Heirloom Tendercrisp Celery:
Tendercrisp celery is great for flavoring soups and stuffing, and can be used in more recipes than most people think. Celery soup, Kombu celery, and celery salad are just a few of the more creative ways to use Tendercrisp celery. And don't forget, when celery is combined with peanut butter you have a classic kid-friendly snack.
Tendercrisp Heirloom Celery Benefits:
With high levels of water and fiber, celery is a good vegetable to eat for healthy digestion. Celery is also beneficial for health because it's a low-calorie food that's surprisingly packed with antioxidants, including beta carotene and flavonoids.
Originally from the Mediterranean wetlands, celery is very tolerant of damp soils.
Seeds Per Package:
- 500 mg - Approximately 1,150 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