This variety has tall medium-dark green stalks and foliage with an upright and compact growth habit. Plants grow to 30 inches tall and produce moderately ribbed smooth stalks 10 to 11 inches long to the first joint. Good heart development. Strong roots. Tolerant to some strains of Western celery mosaic virus. Plants will bolt in cold weather.
Cultivation: Celery may be a difficult vegetable to grow in many areas. It is long season crop and should be started indoors. Seeds are slow to germinate (2-3 weeks), and if transplanted outside too early, plants will bolt in response to cold. Also requires consistent moisture and dislikes heat.
Start plants inside about 10 to 12 weeks before last frost. Plant several seeds per cell. Seeds need light to germinate, so don’t cover seed deeply. Keep soil moist and warm (about 70 F to 75 F) until seeds germinate in 2 to 3 weeks. After germination, grow inside in a cool location (about 60 F to 70 F). Thin to one seed per cell.
Plants will withstand light frost, but 10 days with night temperatures below 40 and days below 55 F can cause bolting. So harden plants by reducing water, not lowering temperature.
Set out transplants about 2 weeks before average last frost.
Plants are shallow-rooted and require consistent moisture. Lack of water will make stalks fibrous and bitter. Mulch to retain moisture, suppress weeds and avoid disturbing roots when cultivating.
For a milder flavor, blanch by wrapping stalks two weeks before harvest with paper, a cardboard milk carton or other material.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.