Celery

img_3064Instructions:

  • Seed in plug trays in march or mid fall
  • Transplant 8-10 weeks after seeding or when two true leaves are present.  
  • 6-12 inches between plants, 18-36 inches between rows.  
  • 80 + days to maturity.  
  • Avoid planting in high summer.  
  • Plant in consistently moist/ muck soil.  
  • Heavy fertiliser feeder.  If needed, sidedress 50lb N/acre 3-5 weeks after transplant.
  • Susceptible to magnesium and calcium deficiency

Insect Pests:

  • Aphids
  • Cabbage Looper
  • Imported Cabbageworm
  • Leafminers
  • Mited
  • Tarnished Plant Bugs

Diseases:

  • Anthracnose leaf curl
  • Leaf Blight
  • Basal stalk rot
  • Pink Rot
  • Black Heart is associated with poor calcium uptake

Harvest:

  • As stalks grow above 3 inches, pile soil on plants to blanch the stalks
    • Reduces chlorophyll in plants, bitterness
  • Harvest entire heads

Post-Harvest:

  • Freshly harvested can be bitter, store at 32-34 degrees F for a few days to cure.  
  • Store above 32 for long term storage.

 

Year Variety Date Planted Date Harvested Days to Harvest Yield (lbs/sq. ft)
2016 Tango  8/1

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