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Our system is 6 months old and the info is in the tagline below.
Currently it is June in Perth, WA.
The nutrient readings are all good in the system: ph 7, amonia and nitrites 0 and nitrates 40-80ppm.
We have two beds stocked with 30 odd silver perch that are around 10-15cm long.

One of the very first set of seedlings we planted were celery. I planted a punnet of 8 of them and all 8 went crazy growing and were taking up so much space. Early on I removed a few, as they seemed to be growing too close to each other. None of them ever had single crowns/heads/bases. They all seem to be growing with multiple bases all clumped together.

They grew very tall, but none of them ever grew thick stems.

I have since also removed a few more, to make more room for plants that I might use.

Of the two that I have left: One, I have trimmed back, so there is just one main base. The other next to it, I have left as a clump of bases. Hoping the thinning out of the first one, will make it thicken up, but perhaps after 6 months of growing, it is too late.

1. So bearing in mind that I have never grown a thing in a my life, how can I get my celery to thicken up?
2. Should I completely remove them all and start again next celery growing season and make sure I think them out early, so there is only one base?
3. What do you do with all the left over roots when you remove a celery, as it has a massive root system?

I would like just one producing celery in my system, that I can pick stalks from as required!


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Maybe its just the variety or possibly crap seedlings. It could also be that you need to leave them longer to establish.

Ive had mixed value from seedlings from Bummings for example. Recently I planted out 6 broccoli and only one has produced, the others seem to be growing kinda like cauliflower but not actually producing a head. Really strange. I was thinking about posting a pic soon because they just look weird.

Im only guessing here. Im not very plant savvy soory.

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These seedlings actually came from the BYAP store in Jandakot :think:

I was down at Dawsons today though getting some more seedlings and the guy down there was just tell me to eat them and don't worry about how they look!
He says we have too many expectations of what they should look like, based on the supermarket varieties!

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These seedlings actually came from the BYAP store in Jandakot

Well they are top quality then! :)



I just had a squiz back through some old pics of mine to see what they looked like (as I havnt grown any for a while) and it seems mine were quite skinny too. Maybe your friend is right. At the end of the day, if they taste great dipped in a jar of peanut butter... well, thats alright with me!
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...and a year old celery root ball!


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ours are skinny but with a fabulous strong flavour. and the fish love the leaves :D

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Charlie, your celery stems seem reasonably thick. Not quite shop thickness, but better than my skinny ones.
From the look of the first pic, it also looks like it was a single head/base. I think that is where I went wrong at the beginning. Learning lots about thinning out plants this week.

However, I really should just start picking stems and giving them a go.

Jaymie, how do I feed celery leaves to the fish? Chopped, or through them in whole, floating?

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we either hold the whole stalk in the water and they pick it off themselves or if I am taking stalks for the kitchen I pick the leaves off and chuck them in, whole. jades love celery

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i found that my celery always tasted salty didn't bother me but was an issue for my wife.
i figured that because celery has a high water content it pulled the salt from the water easily

mine never did grow as thick and pretty as the shop bought celery but was quite serviceable

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celery that is pre salted?? BRILLIANT!

saves having to do it later


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Anyone know if they grow fatter stalks if you use a blanching collar?


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Celery has got a high sodium content and people on low sodium diets need to restrict how much they eat. Chinese celery looks like that, is there any chance that's what those seeds were? My stalks in the soil garden never got as good as store thickness but much thicker than those.

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3. What do you do with all the left over roots when you remove a celery,

They are edible , taste just like celery , could make a soup if you're hungary enough or just feed it to the chooks


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Yeah left overs is chook food here too

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Re: use of celery leaves.
I make a pesto with the leaves with basil and cashews. Yum!


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