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Growing celery is actually not that difficult. It just takes a lot of patience. So that nothing goes wrong when growing, here are our tips on how you should proceed.You should choose a sunny location
Celery has an aphrodisiac effect
The celery has been one of our traditional vegetables for several centuries. Especially since it can thrive very well in the mostly prevailing weather conditions in Germany. He achieved fame through his repeated aphrodisiac effects.
Popular types of celery
The varieties Ibis (easy to care for and robust), Mentor (good shelf life), Monarch, Prinz and Berger's White Ball (large bulb formation) are certainly the best known and most popular types of celery. You can also vary the celery cultivation by growing celery varieties, such as Tall Utah or Tango.
Growing celery - that's how it's done
Celery should be pre-cultivated, i.e. sown already in March in a frost-free, very bright room - e.g. in small plant pots. When pre-cultivating, you should water the celery only minimally.
During pre-cultivation, you should already provide the future outdoor site with sufficient compost or fertilizers so that it can settle in time.
Move celery plants outdoors:
After the ice saints, you can then move the celery plants outdoors. Here you should choose a sunny location. The planting distance should be at least 40 centimeters so that the bulbs can develop well later. It is also important that you make sure that the so-called plant heart is always above the ground to prevent the tuber from deforming during growth.
You should protect the very susceptible celery plants with a garden fleece in the first few days after they have been brought outdoors.
As a rule, celery should be fertilized about twice during its growth. You should use a potash-containing fertilizer to promote the formation of tubers.
As soon as the vegetables are clearly visible in the garden (walnut size), you can remove the soil all around until the upper roots appear. This significantly stimulates the growth of the tuber.
You should also keep the celery in front of its natural enemies, such as protect the voles and the celery fly (active from May to June). You can also get a handle on any leaf blotch disease that may develop (approx. From June) and the celery scab with products available from specialist retailers.
Irrigation and harvesting
The celery also develops a strong need for moisture during its growth. Which is why you have to water it extensively from the end of July / beginning of August until the main harvest in October - up to 15 liters per square meter.You can harvest celery from the end of August
You can harvest the celery from the end of August. The harvest should definitely be completed before the first frost period in autumn. Because celery no longer tolerates temperatures from -3 degrees.
If you have harvested the celery, you should not wash it despite being heavily soiled. This way you can prevent the vegetables from rotting early. Only the leaves of the celery should be twisted off and the tubers then stored in a dark cellar room.
You can also cut raw celery into cubes and freeze them as soup vegetables!