This crunchy staple tastes best when harvested fresh from the garden. Early maturing stalks are crisp and flavorful. Plants grow well in most regions of the country, but no matter where you grow them, be sure to water regularly for best results. When harvesting, cut the outside stalks first. If stalks begin to sprawl as they grow, tie them together loosely with garden twine. Both stalks and leaves are edible; eat them raw, or use them in stir-fries, soups, and casseroles.

  • Light Full sun
  • Matures 80 days after planting
  • Stalk size 8 to 10 inches long
  • Plant spacing 10 to 12 inches apart
  • Plant size 8 to 10 inches tall

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

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At a glance

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 10 to 12 inches apart.

Soil requirements: Celery grows best in moist, well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.

Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist by applying about 1 inch of water per week through watering or rainfall.

Frost-fighting plan: Celery can tolerate light frost to 29°F. Cover with a frost blanket if colder temperatures are forecast.

Common issues: Watch for celery leaf miners and slugs. If temperatures stay below 50°F for more than 12 days, plants may bolt.

Harvesting: Once they’ve reached the size you want, pull individual stalks from bunches as needed. Cut whole heads at the soil line.

Storage: Store stalks or bunches (unwashed) in the refrigerator.