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Celery, Tall Utah 52-70R Improved

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The most dependable variety ever!

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Fresh celery is much more aromatic and delicious than store bought. Tall Utah has dark green stalks and a very compact habit. Start seeds when weather has warmed so crop matures in fall. Mature celery lasts into winter with light frost protection.
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Days To Maturity null

90-100 days

Fruit Size null

11 inches

Sun null

Full Sun

Spread null

12 inches

Height null

18-24 inches

Sow Method null

Indoor Sow

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8-12 weeks BLF

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8 inches

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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 Maturity
    90-100 days
    Fruit Size
    11 inches
    Full Sun
    12 inches
    18-24 inches
    Sow Method
    Indoor Sow
    Planting Time
    Sow Time
    8-12 weeks BLF
    8 inches
    Life Cycle