Germinating Celery Seeds Indoors
Celery is a very popular vegetable used by many people in the preparation of a wide variety of recipes. Growing it in vegetable gardens, though, can prove to be too difficult for a lot of gardeners.
Celery needs to have very rich soil to help it through to its maturation date. With a long growing season of 90 to 110 days, celery needs to have a well balanced soil to grow in along with long hours of sunlight. With a couple of years of trial and error, many gardeners figure out how to grow the plant, but some people have taken another route. Celery can be grown indoors if you follow a few steps.
Step One - Prepare the Soil
When growing celery, indoors or outdoors, the most important feature of their growth is the soil. Celery plants need to have very rich soil in which to grow. Before planting any seeds in just regular potting soil, you will need to add fertilizer and compost, and mix it thoroughly. They need a pH level of 6.0 to 6.5 in which to really thrive.
Step Two - Lay Soil In Planter
After the soil is prepared, lay a thin layer of about an inch, in the bottom of the planter.
Step Three - Mix Seeds With Sand
You can use some regular sand for this process. Mix the celery seeds with some of the sand. Once they are mixed together, sprinkle them over a layer of the potting soil.
Step Four - Cover With Soil
After you have the celery seeds sprinkled over the bottom of the planter, you will then cover it with more soil. This should be a loose covering and not pressed in. You also do not want to have a very deep covering. Again, about an inch is good.
Step Five - Thin Out Crop
You should start to see some sprouts within a few weeks time. Once these sprouts are about an inch in height, then you will need to thin them out a little so they have room to grow. Place in larger pots with the same soil mixture.
Step Six - Place Near Window
Celery needs to have at least 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Place the celery plants on a window ledge that receives this type of light. If the weather is above 50 degrees F you can also take the pots outside into the sunlight.
Step Seven - Water Regularly
Celery does need to have the soil remain moist. They do not need to be in standing water, which will cause rot of the roots, but the soil must remain a little moist and not allowed to dry out.
Step Eight - Keep Fertilized
Keeping the soil nutrient rich throughout the entire growing process is a must for healthy celery plants. Continue monitoring the health of the plant by looking at its condition. If the leaves begin to fade in color, then add some fertilizer. However, you should feed the plant regularly at least once a month.