Victoria F1 is a quick growing variety which is self blanching, slow to bolt from early plantings, with tall green stems. It is one the best flavoured celery varieties and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which was reconfirmed in 2005.
|When to Sow||Sow indoors March to April.|
|Where to Sow||Celery seeds require light to germinate therefore sow seeds thinly on the surface of moist compost in modules.|
|Cover the modules with either a clear plastic cover or a propagator and place in a bright position, but not in direct sunlight. Keep the surface of the compost moist until after germination.|
|Celery prefers very rich, moisture-retentive and alkaline soils of around 6.5 pH, so soils that have had organic compost or manure added are well suited.|
|What to do Next||When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant to individual pots.|
|In late May to early June, after hardening off for 7 to 10 days, and when the plants have 5 to 6 leaves, plant out in block formation, with 20cm (8in) spacing between each plant and with the base of the stem (crown) at ground level. This will help the plants to blanch each other and encourage upright growth.|
|If the weather does turns cold after you have planted out your celery (night temperatures consistently under 10°C/50°F for about two weeks), cover them with fleece or cloche, to prevent them running to seed.|
|Water well, especially during periods of dry weather, and keep weed free.|
|Harvest||August to November (or until the first frosts).|
|Handy Tips||Mulching around the base of the plants will help to retain water and keep the roots cool.|
|Companion Planting||Good Companions : Beans, Leeks, Onions, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Spinach, Tomatoes, Cosmos, Daisies, Snapdragons|
|Nutritional Information||High in sodium & potassium traditionally used as diuretic.|
|Serving Suggestion||Celery is great eaten raw in salads, as crudités with dips or cooked in casseroles, stews or in soups.|
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