Full sun. Well drained soil.
While the seeds are germinating prepare a sunny spot to transplant.
Seedlings grow slowly and it's best to prick them out into small pots or mini punnets to grow on until large enough (8-10 weeks) to plant out in the garden.
Choose a pot 300mm deep and wide.
Postion in full sun and protect from strong winds.
Fill start trays with seed raising mix, plant celery seeds.
Keep soil moist during germination.
Once seedlings are 10cm tall transplant to pots and water well.
Feed weekly with plantfood.
To maximise space in a pot, grow lettuce or microgreens around the celery.
Prepare bed with liberal amounts of compost or animal manure and add a ration of pre-planting fertiliser as well.
Space plants 30-40cm apart.
Regular watering is needed,
Break off individual stalks as needed to continue harvest.
Harvesting celery seeds with the most flavors relies upon careful observance to ensure the seed is ripe.
When the flower head is dry and the individual seeds are hard and dark colored, cut the bloom carefully and shake the seed into a bag.
Alternatively, bend the flower stalk into a bag and shake.
Keep in cool, dry place for up to 5 years.
Zone 1 - Cool
September , October , November , December
Zone 2 - Temperate
January , February , July , August , September , October , November , December
Zone 3 - Subtropical
January , February , March , April , November , December