THE REWARDING CHALLENGE OF GROWING CELERY
By Sherry Stover VCE Southside Master Gardener Growing celery (Apium graveolens) is generally considered to be the ultimate vegetable gardening chal-lenge. It has a very long growing season but a very low tolerance for both heat and cold. Give it plenty of water and a good rich soil, and you can have a supply of celery from midsummer into late fall. This cool-weather crop requires 16 weeks (4 months) of cool weather to come to harvest. Celery is considered a hardy biennial, but it’s grown as an annual which is mainly grown for its edible 12- to 18-inch stalks. Originally hailed from the Mediterranean basin, celery was primarily known for its medicinal purposes.