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A picture of a Celery


Apium graveolens var. dulce

Also known as

Seldery (Afr.)

Celery2 by Tiia Monto (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A celery
A green plant in a garden

Celery Overview

Apium graveolens var. dulce is a thick-stemmed, crisp and aromatic celery that is a popular cool-weather vegetable and is often used in salads. This particularly sweet variety stores well and is best harvested when it reaches around 20cms. To grow well, it needs a moist, rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with regular feeding and watering. It should be harvested before the first frosts. As well as for culinary purposes, celery is also used in cosmetic and medicinal applications.

Common problems with Celery

Celery Companion Plants

How to harvest Celery

The petioles and leaves are removed and harvested; celery is packed by size and quality. Blanched celery can be harvested within 4 - 5 months of sowing. Or leave in the soil and pick as needed in smaller quantities.

How to propagate Celery


Sowing time is Autumn. Space 15 - 30 cm apart and sow 6 - 8 mm deep. Germination is slow taking place over 10 - 21 days. Seeds require light to germinate.

Special features of Celery

Pot plant

Choose a container with good drainage holes, and that is deep and large enough to allow root development and growth as well as proportional balance between the fully developed plant and the container.

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Other uses of Celery


Used to treat rheumatism, gout, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. The plant's fruit and seeds have been used in traditional medicine.


The roots and stems are used in salads, sandwiches, snacks, and other dishes.

Edibles to Plant Out in June

Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.

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Edibles to Sow Under Cover in March.

Get an early start on the growing year, try these on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator

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