What makes Celery seeds special?
There are types of Celery grown with different techniques. They are trenching and self-blanching varieties, the trenched celery plants take more time but are incredibly flavoursome, self-blanching celery crop quicker. Suttons offer both varieties with ‘Giant Red’ for trenching and ‘Loretta’ for self-blanching
How do you plant celery seeds?
Sprinkle the celery seeds over a seed tray or pot that has decent peat free seed compost. You don't need to cover the seeds as they need light to germinate.
How to grow Celery from seed?
For self-blanching celery;
- Sow Celery under glass in late March to early April, if no glasshouse then invest in an electric propagator. Sow into seed trays with a decent peat free seed compost. Once the seedlings have two leaves, prick them out into pots and gradually harden them off, placing them in cold-frames or Cloches which should be aired through the day.
- Once danger of frosts has passed its time to move Celery into final position. Prior to the ground for the final planting should be prepared in spring, cleared of weeds and organic matter dug in.
Always refer to the packet for spacing – self blanching plants are planted in blocks, closer together to encourage blanching, this means the plant produces multiple and hence more Celery.
For trench celery;
- For trench Celery, dig a trench 40 cm wide, 25 cm deep and fork Organic matter into the bottom of the trench.
- It’s important to protect the roots when transplanting your Celery seedlings
- As the plants grow gently earth up surrounding soil, start doing this once the plant reaches 30cm.
Celery prefers a nice sunny position and will enjoy irrigation, if time is short it worth looking into irrigation aids. A big rule is don't let dry out. Liquid feeds are important, applied little and often. Harvest and eat or cook fresh.
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