Seed Exchange - Introduced in 1894 by the Peter Henderson & Company seed house of New York, this beautiful purple celery quickly gained popularity, and by 1903 it was offered by over 100 seed houses across North America. Its compact plants offer an abundance of stalks and leaves, which have a dark-purple flush on inner stalks and leaf tips. The thin, solid stalks are sweet with an intense, almost fennel-like, flavor. Biennial, 80-90 days
Small, compact plants with an abundance of stalks and leaves
Dark purple blush of color on inner stalks and leaf tips
Thin, solid stalks are sweet with an intense fennel-like flavor
Biennial, 90-100 days to maturity
Celery needs light to germinate so sow seeds very shallowly. In cool climates, sow indoors, then moisten and cover with clear plastic. When celery leaves begin to emerge, remove the plastic cover and place the container in a sunny spot, always keeping soil moist. When there are two true leaves, transplant outside when soil has warmed and night temperatures have been above 40°. Sow seeds outdoors before 3-4 weeks of last frost or soil can be worked.