Description For Celery Seeds
How to grow Celery from SeedsIntroduction and Uses: Celery is an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, along with Vitamin B6, K and C, potassium, and folate. Celery seeds help to lower inflammation and fight bacterial infections. In certain parts of the world, celery is grown mainly for its beneficial seeds, which are a small type of fruit. These seeds are commonly used as a spice and contain an oily compound called apiol that is used to add flavour to authentic dishes and is also used in medicines.
Botanical Name: Apium graveolens.
Sowing Season: Monsoon & best grown in winter
Sowing method: Transplantation
Because the seeds are small in size, Celery plant is grown by transplantation method. Seeds are first sown indoors in seedling trays or outdoors on seed beds & later the seedlings are transplanted into containers or in raised beds.
Growing container: Seedling trays/ seed cups/ small polybags/ seed bed.
Growing medium: Coco peat (indoors), Fine soil (outdoors)
Steps for seed sowing (Seed starting) in a container:
Covering: Place the seed tray in a box or cover it with paper for first 4-5 days to encourage faster seed germination.
Growth stages of Celery:Sprouting stage:Seeds will germinate within first 6-8 days or so & tiny sprouts will be visible. Once seeds germinate, put the tray on an open partially sunny spot near the window. Don’t cover the tray anymore.
Cotyledons: The first two leaves will emerge in the second week of germination. These are false leaves called as cotyledons.
First leaves: First leaves will emerge above cotyledons at the end of the second week.
Seedling stage: Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plant. At this stage exposé the seedlings to more & more sunlight for leaf growth.
Thinning: After the second week, keep only single seedling per cell/cup. Cut off the weak, small & lagging seedlings with a pair of scissors.
Transplantation: 30 to 35 days after the seed sowing, your seedlings will be ready to transplant in container pots or on raised beds.
Spacing:Plant the seedlings minimum 6 inches apart from each other in raised beds or a container.
How to take care for Celery Plant:Sunlight: Celery grows well under full sunlight or partial sunlight in winter. So place your containers accordingly.
Watering technique: Water your potted Celery plants every alternate day in winter. Water at the soil near the plant. Use a watering can, and make sure that the plants get water in the form of a shower & not by a single flow. You can also make provision for watering by watering by drip irrigation system for your raised beds. Avoid overwatering.
Manuring: Add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before transplanting the seedling. Organic fertiliser can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
Top Dressing: Apply balanced liquid fertilizers or handful of vermicompost to each plant, every 15 days after transplantation.
Plant care: Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal infection/ any other infections. Spray appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted.
Microgreens: If you plan to grow micro greens Celery grow it indoors in flat containers. Sow-scatter the seeds in a crowded manner. You can harvest it in 10-15 days by uprooting baby plants.
Harvesting: (130-140 days from seed sowing). 90 to 110 days after transplantation, Celery will be ready to harvest. You can harvest it along with the stem, leaf stalks & leaves.
|No.of Seeds||Approx. 4131 to 4590 Seeds|
|Net Weight||2 gm|
|Seed Rate||50 g/Acre|
|Spacing (Row to Row X Plant to Plant)||30 cm x 10 cm|
|Germination Time||6 to 8 days from sowing|
|Fertilizer||"Organic: Neemcake or Vermicompost - 10 g per plant. Chemicals: Suphala or Urea - 5 g per plant."|
|Season of Sowing||June - sept, Oct - Jan|
|Product Weight||Under 10 g|
|Product Height||15 cm|
|Product Width||10 cm|
|Product Depth||1 cm|
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