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Growing Information:

Celery

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: After last frost

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 18"

PLANT SPACING: 6"

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual

Habitat and Description


Growing Celery
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Celery thrives in cool, moist locations. It tolerates light shade better than most crops, but it should receive at least a half day of sun. Celery grown in complete shade tends to be lanky. In mild climate zones, celery can be grown as a fall and winter crop. Make sure the soil is rich, and well-composted.

Celery requires a long growing season with cool temperatures, and is normally grown from seedlings set out in the spring. Buy transplants from your local nursery, or start seeds 70 to 85 days before you intend to transplant into the garden. Germination and seedling growth are slow, sometimes taking 2 to 3 weeks to germinate. Keep seedlings well watered, do not let them dry out, and do not expose them to temperatures below 55F which will cause plants to bolt (go to seed). Germination occurs at a minimum temperature of 41F with an optimum range of 60F to 70F.

Set out plants when the weather is settled after the last frost. Optimum growth occurs at air temperatures of 60F to 70F. Air temperatures of 75F or above can slow the plant's growth rate and turn the leaf edges brown. This crop will withstand light frosts in the fall but is damaged by several moderate freezes. Celery needs lots of water during the growing season to stay tender and flavorful. Mulch to keep the soil moist and cool. In warmer climates, grow celery as winter crop.



Cutting Celery


The benefits of Celery

Celery is one of the very common & effective plant which helps in curing various health disorders which are not easily curable. The green leaves, stem and the bulbous root of celery are all extremely rich & makes celery a very important medicinal plant. There are various health benefits derived from celery and its juice. The medical quality of celery was first described by the Greeks Discorides and Pliny.

  • The strong water removing powers of celery enable it to be used in the control of health problems such as arthritis, stone, liver problems and rheumatism.
  • A tablespoonful of honey in celery juice, sipped slowly, will very effectively reduce the appetite if taken before a meal, and makes a delightful drink. It will also help in reducing their weight.
  • You can take the same mixture as a nightcap; it will help you to relax into a soothing and restful sleep. So those who have a problem of sleeplessness must enjoy the sound sleep after having this yummy health drink.
  • Those who are suffering from stones in the gall bladder or the kidney must take the juice of celery. It has been found that those who drank juice do not found any formation of stones in bladders & kidney again. It seems likely that this effect is related to the anti-arthritic properties of the juice.
  • Celery calms the nerve because of the high calcium content & helps in controlling high blood pressure. Raw celery should be eaten to reduce high blood pressure.
  • Celery is used in aromatherapy and other traditional way of healing like Ayurveda. In Japan, rheumatic patients are sometimes put on a celery only diet.
  • Moreover you can eat a lot of celery without thinking twice because it has almost zero calories. You won't add any extra pounds after having such a yummy drink or raw celery.
  • The whole plant is gently stimulating & nourishing; it also acts as a digestive remedy and liver stimulant. A tincture can be used as a diuretic in hypertension and urinary disorders.
  • Celery roots, fruits (seeds), and aerial parts, are used as ethno medically to treat mild anxiety and agitation, loss of appetite, fatigue & cough.




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