Utah 52-70 Tall Celery

Apium graveolens
Utah 52-70 Tall Improved (120 days)

Introduced by Ferry-Morse Seed Company in 1953

Imagine tall, tasty, crunchy organic celery grown in your own backyard.  You know it has got to taste better than anything that came from the store.

Utah 52-70 is an improved celery that grows taller, with longer ribs, deeper green color and sweeter than the original Utah.

This variety does not need blanching.  Disease Resistant for Brown Check, Western Celery Mosaic and Fusarium Race II.

1968 Buckerfield Seed Co. says…

“Edible stems 9 to 11 inches. Plant larger but just as compact as Utah 15. The best organic celery on the market.”

Seed Planting Depth Seeds per gram Germination Temperature Days to Germination Row Spacing Plant Spacing 100′ Row Yield Sun
1″ 2,200-3000 68 21-25 24″ 18″ 12 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Celery:

Start indoors 12 weeks prior to transplanting outdoors.

Celery seeds are one of the smallest vegetable seeds!  Use sterile, fine soil and cover the seed by dusting a light covering.  Many people plant too deeply.  An easy way to lightly cover your fine/tiny celery seed is to use a flour sifter or large tea strainer and gently shake a coating over the seed. Keep soil moist (not soggy) and at 75 degrees.  Seedlings will emerge in 2-3 weeks.

Celery can be fussy, needing everything just right.  Good compost, kelp & bone meal mixed in with soil will add nourishment.  Start seedlings indoors by scattering seed on top of soil – must be kept moist at all times.  In 8-12 weeks when 5” tall, plant out in garden.  Consistent watering is essential.

Transplant outdoors when weather has settled and there are no more rapid temperature swings.  Bolting can be caused when night time temps get below 55 degrees.  So do not transplant to early.

Heirloom Celery needs a very rich, moderately acidic, organic soil and lots of water.   Feed organic fish emulsion and seaweed every two weeks till harvest.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Celery:

35,000-40,000 plants/acre,

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture – not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

(source: Sustainable Seed Company)


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