Celery, scientifically known as Apium graveolens, is a crisp and crunchy vegetable prized for its distinctive flavor and versatility in culinary creations. Originating from the Mediterranean region, celery is cultivated for its edible stalks, leaves, and seeds, which are commonly used in soups, salads, stir-fries, and as a garnish. Celery plants are biennial herbs characterized by their erect, ribbed stalks and bright green, compound leaves that form a rosette. They produce small white flowers in umbels that eventually develop into tiny seeds. Celery thrives in cool climates with moist, fertile soil and requires consistent watering to prevent bitterness. Renowned for its crisp texture and unique taste, celery and its plant remain essential ingredients in kitchens worldwide, offering both culinary delight and nutritional benefits.

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How To Plant

To plant celery seeds, prepare a seedbed by loosening the soil to a depth of about 6 inches and removing any debris. Ensure the soil is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Sow the celery seeds thinly and cover them lightly with soil, pressing gently to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Water the seeds gently but thoroughly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Celery seeds require a warm and consistent temperature of around 70°F (21°C) for germination, so consider using a seedling heat mat if necessary. Once the seedlings emerge, thin them to about 8-10 inches apart to allow for proper growth. Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the growing season, and provide ample sunlight or artificial light if growing indoors. With proper care, you’ll soon enjoy fresh, crisp celery stalks straight from your garden.