Days to Germination:7-21 days
A bit finicky, Afina Cutting Celery is relatively easy to grow once the seedlings are established. Raise as transplants, sowing 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost. Soak the seed overnight and sow shallowly since light aids its germination. Provide 65°-75°F temperatures, strong light, good air circulation and moist soil until the seedlings emerge. Afina Cutting Celery is a heavy drinker and feeder: amend the bed as necessary with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-rotted manure. After all danger of frost has passed, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Water regularly. Keep the plants carefully weeded but do not cultivate deeply because they have shallow root systems. Harvest the fine green leaves and hollow stalks at anytime. The crop can withstand light frosts if covered. Or, cut whole plant off at base and dry for later use.