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‘Tango’ celery (photo courtesy of Burpee Home Gardens)
‘Tango’ celery (photo courtesy of Burpee Home Gardens)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Ample Water
Ample

Celery

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Annuals, Vegetables

Native to Europe and Asia, this salad vegetable is grown for its thick, crunchy stalks.

It needs a long period of warmth but not high heat. Plant seeds in flats in early spring; where winters are mild, start in summer for winter crop. (Celery plants started from seed are slow to reach planting size; to save time, you can purchase small nursery plants.) Plant seedlings in rich soil, spacing 6 in. apart in rows 2 ft. apart. Every 2 to 3 weeks, apply liquid fertilizer with irrigation water. To keep plants upright, work some soil up around them as they grow. For whitened stalks, set a bottomless milk carton, tar paper cylinder, or similar device over plants to exclude light from stalks (leaves must have sunlight). Or grow self-blanching varieties.

Use row covers to keep pests off plants.

Harvest 105 to 130 days after transplanting.

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