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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 The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90-100 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

11 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Feb-08 - Last Date: Feb-22
    First Date: Apr-18 - Last Date: May-02

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. 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
Celery, Tall Utah 52-70R Improved is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2014-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
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