Celery Golden Self Blanching


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Transplanting ‘Golden Self Blanching’ celery involves specific steps to ensure the plant’s successful growth. This variety is known for its self-blanching characteristic, which means it requires less effort to achieve the pale, tender stalks typically desired in celery. Here’s a guide to help you transplant ‘Golden Self Blanching’ celery:

1. Seedling Preparation

  • Start with healthy ‘Golden Self Blanching’ celery seedlings. They should be about 10-12 weeks old and well-established before transplanting.
  • Gradually acclimatize the seedlings to outdoor conditions over a week to harden them off.

2. Timing for Transplanting

  • Celery prefers cooler weather but not frost. The ideal time to transplant is after the last frost in spring or early summer.

3. Soil Preparation

  • Celery thrives in rich, fertile, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter.
  • The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Work compost or well-rotted manure into the planting area.

4. Transplanting

  • Space the plants about 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) apart in rows that are 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, place the seedling in, and gently firm the soil around it.
  • Water the plants thoroughly after transplanting.

5. Watering and Mulching

  • Celery requires consistent moisture. Water regularly to keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

6. Feeding

  • Fertilize the plants with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer a few weeks after transplanting.
  • Celery is a heavy feeder and may benefit from additional side dressings of compost or a nitrogen-rich fertilizer during the growing season.

7. Blanching

  • Although ‘Golden Self Blanching’ celery is less dependent on blanching, you can still blanch the stems for a milder flavor by wrapping them with paper or boards a few weeks before harvesting.

8. Pest and Disease Management

  • Watch for pests like aphids and slugs.
  • Practice crop rotation and good sanitation to prevent diseases.

9. Harvesting

  • Harvest celery when the stalks are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) tall, typically 85-100 days after transplanting.
  • Cut the entire plant at soil level or harvest individual stalks as needed.

10. Post-Harvest Care

  • After harvesting, remove any remaining plant debris to prevent disease.

Growing ‘Golden Self Blanching’ celery requires attention to watering and soil fertility. It’s a great choice for gardeners who prefer a less labor-intensive variety of celery. For local growing conditions and potential issues, consulting with a local cooperative extension service or experienced gardeners can provide additional, region-specific advice


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