This plant has a mild fragrance
Apium graveolens var. dulce is a thick-stemmed, crisp and aromatic celery that is a popular cool-weather vegetable and is often used in salads. This particularly sweet variety stores well and is best harvested when it reaches around 20cms. To grow well, it needs a moist, rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with regular feeding and watering. It should be harvested before the first frosts. As well as for culinary purposes, celery is also used in cosmetic and medicinal applications.
The petioles and leaves are removed and harvested; celery is packed by size and quality. Blanched celery can be harvested within 4 - 5 months of sowing. Or leave in the soil and pick as needed in smaller quantities.
Sowing time is Autumn. Space 15 - 30 cm apart and sow 6 - 8 mm deep. Germination is slow taking place over 10 - 21 days. Seeds require light to germinate.
Choose a container with good drainage holes, and that is deep and large enough to allow root development and growth as well as proportional balance between the fully developed plant and the container.
Used to treat rheumatism, gout, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. The plant's fruit and seeds have been used in traditional medicine.
The roots and stems are used in salads, sandwiches, snacks, and other dishes.