March 7, 2023

Celery plant

Celery has long, firm, pale green fibrous stalks and grows in bunches of approximately eight to 10. The stalks taper into leaves at the top. Although most people discard the leaves, they are also edible.

Celery is considered a hardy biennial, but it’s typically grown as an annual for its edible 12- to 18-inch stalks. It is a cool-weather crop that is easily affected by frost, which means there’s a very specific window when temperatures will be optimal for planting.

For areas with cooler springs and summers, plant celery in early spring for a summer harvest. For areas with warmer springs and summers, plant celery in late summer for a late autumn or early winter harvest. Celery needs a rich soil with lots of organic matter. Plants have a small, shallow root system that's only 2" to 3" deep with a spread of 6" to 8". Celery loves a nutritious soil that has been enriched with plenty of compost or well-rotted manure.

Harvesting celery start when they reach a height of eight inches. To remove one crunchy stalk at a time, start with the largest, outermost pieces and should use a knife to cut the stalk away from where it attaches to the rest of the plant. To harvest whole plants, need to cut them at the soil line, or pull up the whole plant and trim the roots.

Celery is rich in vitamins and minerals with a low glycemic index. It’s also low in sodium. Plus, it is low on the glycemic index, meaning it has a slow, steady effect on blood sugar. It is rich in fiber and nutrients and helps lower cholesterol, treats constipation, reduces stress hormone levels, fights inflammation, and provides many other benefits.
Celery plant

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