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Apium graveolens ( Golden Heart Celery )

‘Golden Heart’, also known as ‘Kalamazoo’, is a self-blanching heirloom celery with a rich yellow center. Generally a little smaller and less prolific than ‘Golden Self-Blanching’. Celery is a biennial generally grown as an annual. It requires deep, well drained soil with plenty of organic matter and a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Celery seed is notorious for slow germination, and if the ground is too warm, it may never come up at all. Aim for a soil temperature of about 70 Fahrenheit for best results, and plant indoors. Seeds require light to germinate. When seedlings have 5 or 6 leaves, harden them off and transplant to their permanent growing site, about 4 inches deep. If your variety is not self-blanching, plant seedlings in a 1 foot deep trench, which gradually is filled in as the celery grows, preventing it from greening and becoming bitter. Celery is a very thirsty plant, and must have a strong continuous supply of water. Mid-season fertilization will also help. Be on the lookout for slugs, and place beer traps if they become a problem. Incecticidal soap can discourage aphids.