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Celery

Apium graveolens var. dulce

Seldery (Afr.)

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Thick crisp and aromatic celery is used in the culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal applications. The 'Golden Self-Blanching' celery pulls ahead every time as decidedly the best type of celery for small gardens. This unbeatable old variety of celery with its early crops of thick, tasty stems that are self-blanching and full of flavour is perfect for any cold climate or temperate edible garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

The petioles and leaves are removed and harvested; celery is packed by size and quality. Blanched celery can be harvested within 4 - 5 months of sowing. Or leave in the soil and pick as needed in smaller quantities.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time is Autumn. Space 15 - 30 cm apart and sow 6 - 8 mm deep. Germination is slow taking place over 10 - 21 days. Seeds require light to germinate.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Disease resistant.
Pot plant
Choose a container with good drainage holes, and that is deep and large enough to allow root development and growth as well as proportional balance between the fully developed plant and the container.

Geography

Origin
Asia-minor. A heirloom seed cultivar from the 1800's.
Natural climate
Cool climate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Compost, Clay, Chalk, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Used to treat rheumatism, gout, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. The plant's fruit and seeds have been used in traditional medicine.
Edible
The roots and stems are used in salads, sandwiches, snacks, and other dishes.

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Pests include parsley worms, celery leaf tiers, carrot rust flies and nematodes. Diseases include pink rot, fusarium wilt, and mosaic virus.

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