Amsterdam Cutting Leaf Celery

Quick Facts:

    • Leaf celery
    • European cousin to Chinese celery
    • Open pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 80 days

Amsterdam Cutting Leaf Celery

Description:

Apium graveolens secalinum. This cutting leaf celery is like the European cousin to our Summer Kintsai Celery. Both are grown for their leaves, not the crunchy stalks. Amsterdam Cutting Leaf Celery is a Dutch heirloom that is used traditionally to flavour soups and stews. It has larger leaves than stalk celery, and these can be harvested a handful at a time, as needed, rather than cutting the whole plant. The flavour is also more pronounced, a little bit similar to Italian parsley. The stems are hollow and can be quite fibrous, but they are excellent for making stock. This annual plant deserves a place in the herb garden.

Matures in 80 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.5g (approx. 1250 seeds) CL450A $3.29 Unavailable  
2.5g (approx. 6250 seeds) CL450B $4.19 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
10g (approx. 25000 seeds) CL450C $5.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
50g (125000 seeds) CL450D $12.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
250g (approx. 625000 seeds) CL450E $44.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Leaf celery
    • European cousin to Chinese celery
    • Open pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 80 days

How To Grow

Celery is a refreshing treat from the garden, and particularly flavourful when fresh. Celeriac is a variety of celery that is grown for its root, which can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be steamed, baked, boiled, pureed, or stir-fried — it's so tasty, even if it is unfamiliar. Both celery and celeriac are slow to germinate and slow growing once they have sprouted, so be patient. Below are some of our top tips on how to grow celery from seed and how to grow celeriac from seed.

Latin
Apium graveolens
Family: Apiaceae

Difficulty
Moderately challenging

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full-sun

Timing
Start indoors in late winter to mid-spring. Optimal soil temperature: 15-24°C (60-75°F). Seeds take up to 20-30 days for germination.

Starting
Sow seeds no more than 5mm (¼”) deep, 3 seeds per pot, and thin to the strongest plant.

Days to Maturity
From transplant date.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5. Celery is a heavy feeder and needs rich, moist soil. Add compost to soil and apply ¼-½ cup of complete organic fertilizer per 1.5m (5′) of row. Transplant when seedlings are 10-12cm (4-5″) tall. Avoid transplanting until night time temperatures are reliably at 10°C (50°F) or warmer. Space transplants 30cm (12″) apart in rows at least 45cm (18″) apart. Water frequently. Premature bolting may result from young plants being exposed to temperatures below 13°C (55°F) for several days.

Harvest
For best flavour and longer storage, water plants the day before harvest. Stalks on the outside of the plant can be harvested at any time. The entire plant may be harvested once the desired size is reached, but the home gardener should leave the plant in the garden and take only what is needed, leaving the root intact. If winter is not too cold, celery will stand in the garden until spring, allowing for light pickings for soups and salads.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions at least 55% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years.

Diseases & Pests
Use floating row covers early in the season, and put up collars if cutworms are present.

Pests: Aphids, Whiteflies, Cutworms, Tarnished plant bug, and Cabbage loopers.
Diseases: Celery mosaic, Leaf blight, Black heart (calcium deficiency: add lime).

Companion Planting
Celery is a good partner for beans, the Brassicas, cucumber, garlic, leek, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes.

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