Celery, Tall Utah 52-70R Improved
The most dependable variety ever!
Days To Maturity
8-12 weeks BLF
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How to Sow
Sowing Seed Indoors:
- Sow celery seeds in the north indoors in a warm, well-lighted area or in a hotbed about 10-12 weeks before they last heavy frost date in spring. In the South, and other mild areas, sow from fall to early spring.
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed starting formula.
- Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
- As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
- Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
- If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
- Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Planting in the Garden:
- Select a location in full sun with a light, rich, moist to wet soil.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones. Work in organic matter prior to planting.
- Space plants 6 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart. Be careful when transplanting as celery develops a tap root that is easily damaged.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Brussels sprouts need 1-1 ½ inches of water weekly. Celery grows best when it has constant moisture, and relatively cool temperatures. It cannot tolerate high heat conditions.
- Tie celery plants together to prevent sprawling and to blanch the interior.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- Celery can stand a light frost.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- Harvest celery in about 115 days from setting plants in the garden.
- Harvest stalks by cutting the base at soil level with a knife.
- Celery is great as a fresh snack or diced for use as a seasoning vegetable.
- Celery leaves are also edible. Eat leaves while still tender, before they become fibrous.
- Collect celery seed after flowering and grind up or use for celery flavoring in cooking.
- Wash celery after harvest, pat dry, keep refrigerated.
- Celery may be frozen for later use in cooking, but it does lose its crispness when it is frozen.
- Celery leaves may be dried in a dehydrator.
Days To Maturity90-100 daysFruit Size11 inchesSunFull SunSpread12 inchesHeight18-24 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time8-12 weeks BLFThin8 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Celery, Tall Utah 52-70R Improved is rated out of 5 by 5.Rated 5 out of 5 by IhaveGreenThumb from Easy to Grow I'm glad I purchased these seeds. It's my first time growing celeries. I grew it in a pot in my balcony. It germinated very quickly. I just learned that celeries will regrow if you leave the roots in the soil after you cut off the stalks.Date published: 2014-09-05Rated 5 out of 5 by Gleaner from Robust crop This celery really has produced. The seeds germinated easily and was able to give away seedlings and find out how other local gardeners are doing. My three plants have become fully mature, completely unblemished and hearty. Will be making lots of soups, and meals with this. My gardening friend is using the leaves in her green smoothies. We had an unusually wet summer. I also planted them in the partial shade created by my tomato plants. Just the right spot. Will grow again. In fact, from the same seed packet, for several more years.Date published: 2014-08-21Rated 4 out of 5 by Angie from Quite Surprised This season is the first time I grew celery. I was quite surprised how well they did. I was a little skeptical, but the stalks are so green and very crunchie; so I guess I did well for them. I am a little disappointed that many of the stalks were not very wide. Maybe its something I did wrong. If anyone knows how to improve on the size of the stalks' width, I would appreciate it. Photo attached.Date published: 2014-07-14Rated 5 out of 5 by AvalonRebecca from Amazing Yield We had more celery than we knew how to use. The bunches were beautiful and impressive. Excited to grow again this year!Date published: 2014-02-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Jennifer from Easy to grow! I've grown this celery for years and have always had good results. I have even been able to grow it in containers.Date published: 2008-07-12