In this video we show you how to grow celery from seed in containers. We also share our free guide to grow celery in the link below!
Fill seedling trays with damp coir. Choose your favorite celery variety – we couldn’t resist this variety with its pop of pink brush strokes on the mature stems. The link to this seed producer is attached below.
Celery seed is very small and so, it is quite difficult to sow individual seeds. Instead, take a pinch of seeds in your fingertips and sprinkle the seed over the coir, just like you would if you were seasoning your food. Make sure your coir is tightly packed – you don’t want any of the tiny seeds falling into gaps. Add a very light layer of vermiculite over the seed – the small celery seeds need light to germinate, so make sure you don’t cover them too thickly.
We started the seed in the wintertime and so needed to protect the young seedlings from frost, and so these trays were kept in a greenhouse with overhead misters.
It took about three weeks before we noticed any signs of germination. Celery seeds naturally have a longer period between sowing and germination, which isn’t helped by cooler winter temperatures. So be patient with your seed – it might take a while before you see any signs of growth!
As the coir doesn’t contain many plant available nutrients, you should fertilise your seedlings. The easiest way to do so is to add a nozzle like this to a bottle filled with diluted liquid fertiliser. Do this once a week until you transplant your seedlings
It took about 6 weeks after sowing to be able to transplant our seedlings to their containers. We filled our pots with a mixture of well-composted manure and slow-release fertiliser. We moved the celery in their pots to the vegetable garden once all threat of frost had passed.
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This is what our seedlings looked like a few weeks later. The combination of our soil mixture and warm summer temperatures kicked the celery into higher gear and growth was rapid rom here on. In the vegetable garden, we used overhead sprinklers to irrigate all the pots. We manually controlled the frequency depending on temperature and rainfall. It is imperative you always keep your celery well watered. Celery does not tolerate heat, and so make sure you keep it in a protected spot away from the harsh afternoon sun.
Did you know? Celery can repel the white cabbage butterfly! This makes it the perfect companion plant for your brassicas!
After a few more weeks the celery is almost ready for harvest. At this point you need to monitor for aphids, slugs and snails – they love celery and can easily hide in the bushy growth.
Finally, about four months after sowing we could start harvesting the celery. Choose the largest stems and start harvesting from the outer edge of the plants. You can do this all throughout the season and constantly have a fresh supply of celery.
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00:10 How to start your seed
02:33 Irrigation & Care
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Try These Great Gardening Ideas Even If You Don’t Have A Green Thumb
Gardening can be an enjoyable hobby, or even a source of additional income for you. Gardening is not rocket science, but it does require some knowledge so that you don’t end up losing money on poorly maintained plants and crops. This list of tips should help you become a more successful gardener.
Selecting bulbs. Most bulbs are sold during their dormant period. Buy them as early as possible before they start to produce roots. Most spring flowering bulbs will begin to grow roots by early fall, and by planting them early, you will ensure that they have time to establish themselves. Bulbs will deteriorate if kept out of the ground too long. Don’t buy any bulb that is soft or mushy, or appears to be diseased.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. The kind of plants you want in your garden should let you know what kind of soil you need to get. It is also possible to create individual areas with one specific soil type.
Use organic matter in your garden. When you remove a plant, fill in the soil with organic matter so that the soil can renew itself quickly. You can use a small quantity of organic matter if you notice that some of your plants do not look healthy, or to prepare the soil at the beginning of a new season.
Fertilize the soil you are going to plant in three weeks before planting. By doing this, you are helping the soil improve its ability to retain nutrients and water, which are especially important for new plants. There are many fertilizers from which to choose at your local gardening store.
A good idea when gardening is to keep a record of progress. If it is a journal form or photographic form of recording the progress of the garden is helpful for the years to come. Recording which types of plants work well, which did not work or what types of soil can help future gardens start without any trial and error of previous years.
Grow from seeds. In garden centers, it is usually much cheaper to purchase a packet of seeds than to buy the equivalent number of grown plants. Remember, if you sow some seeds before the summer, you can get a garden full of bright, colorful flowers for a very cheap price.
When you buy young bare-root trees, keep the root ball moist until your are ready to plant. If the roots dry out, the tree will weaken or die. You should plant the tree as soon as you bring it home. If you cannot, lay the tree on its side and cover the roots with moist peat moss, then cover the roots with a tarp.
The use of natural plants can make a garden without any work. Many plants will self seed and grow a perpetual crop without any work at all. Butternut squash, pumpkins, and cilantro will grow and self seed growing new crops year after year with almost no work and become a permanent garden feature. Grow them in areas such as the compost pile or along fences for maximum results.
When it is spring and time to plant, do you have a hard time remembering what your gardens looked like the year before so that you know where to plant your new bulbs? This year, take pictures of your spring garden, and in the fall have a look at them. If you see a place in the yard that is bare and in need of a new daffodil, you can be confident on where to plant the new bulbs!
Plant self-seeding flowers. Let your flowers do the work of re-stocking the garden for you. If you allow your flowers to go to seed, the following year you will have new seedlings popping up everywhere. If things get too crowded, or if plants appear in the wrong place, simply thin them out. Good self-seeders are alyssum, bellflower, forget-me-not, poppy and columbine.
As you can see, there is a lot of very useful pointers that can help you get better results. It requires a lot of work and patience, but it will be worth it in the end. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to becoming a more successful gardener.