Celery can be grown from seeds, and here are some steps to follow for celery seeding:
- Choose the right time to plant: Celery is a cool-season crop and is typically planted in the spring or fall. In most regions, celery should be started indoors about 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date.
- Prepare the soil: Celery requires a fertile, well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its fertility.
- Start the seeds indoors: Sow celery seeds in seed trays or pots filled with a good-quality potting mix. Cover the seeds lightly with soil, mist with water, and keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.
- Transplant seedlings: When the seedlings are 4-6 inches tall and have at least two true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted. Harden off the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting them in the garden.
- Plant seedlings: Plant celery seedlings in rows about 18 inches apart, with each plant spaced about 6-8 inches apart. Water well after planting.
- Care for the plants: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Fertilize regularly with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth.
- Harvest the celery: Celery is typically ready to harvest about 80-120 days after planting, depending on the variety. Harvest the stalks by cutting them at the base of the plant, leaving the roots and leaves intact.