Days to Germination:7-21 days
Celery is a bit finicky to get started but once set in the garden, the crop is relatively easy. Raise as transplants 12 weeks before the last frost. Soak the seed overnight then sow very shallowly, as light aids germination. Until seedlings emerge, pamper Celery with 65°-75°F warmth, strong light, good air circulation and even moisture. Once all danger of frost is past, “harden them off” by gradually acclimating the plants outdoors for 7 to 10 days. Celery needs lots of water and is a heavy feeder. Amend soil with organic compost and well-rotted manure as needed. Keep well weeded: do not cultivate deeply because it has shallow roots. Outer stalks can be harvested once they reach a suitable size. For best flavor and storage, water well the day before harvest. Cut the whole plant off at soil level. Cover with floating row covers for fall frost protection.