Care for sprouts and apple celery seedlings
Tricks and rules of cultivation of celery
There are several "tricks" that will allow you to get a great and rich harvest. Information concerns the care of garden crops in the open field. Maybe someone celery root already grows, and the material will just fit.
Replanting grown seedlings on a bed is possible only when more or less stable dry and warm weather is established. As a rule, this period corresponds to the month of May, or rather its middle.
The important point is tracking the growth point, which should always be at the level of the soil. In other words, one should not allow the root to go deep into the ground. Compliance with this rule will allow the root celery to grow even, large and without adventitious roots, creating a lush beard.
After such a small but useful introduction, let's consider the basic and most important rules of the process of growing this crop:
- It is forbidden to cut off all leaves from the root growing celery. This will lead to non-ripening of the root. Only extreme leaves are subject to removal;
- Hilling of celery root due to provoking the growth of lateral roots, which lead to the loss of the “presentation” of the tuber, is strictly forbidden;
- During the thickening of the root, it is necessary to scoop out the soil from the tops and carefully cut the side roots with a knife to give it evenness;
- The juiciness of the root celery, as well as the "bright" aroma and rich taste, depend on maintaining constant soil moisture, while avoiding the "overflow". Watering the plant is necessary throughout the entire growth period until the month of October;
- Watering plants must be made under the root;
- Aisle loosened until the moment of full closure of the foliage;
- Good growth of root celery contributes to the first feeding - herbal solutions after the plant grows. The second one consists of a mullein infusion. The third - (until the fifteenth of June) from Azofoski. The fourth is the middle of July from monophosphate.
Seed preparation for sowing
If you want to grow a good crop, you must take into account the content in the seeds of root celery, the presence of essential oils, which significantly slow down the germination of the crop. Therefore, the seeds must undergo pre-sowing treatment:
- fill the seeds with a small cloth bag;
- for a day, place it in a container with water;
- change the water after every 5-6 hours.
This trick will allow you to get shoots seven days earlier. Inlaid seeds this treatment is not required.
Required capacity and planting time
Many gardeners know how difficult it is to grow root celery.The reason for this is too long vegetative period, which lasts up to 200 days. It is necessary to sow seeds from February 5 to February 15. It is not forbidden to start this process a little earlier, since the seedlings of this plant practically do not outgrow.
What is the risk of being late? Reception of especially small root crops. Concerning capacity it is necessary to be spent on cartridges for seedling. However, seed sowing is best done in transparent plastic containers with the possibility of closing them with the same lid.
Required soil composition
To grow strong seedlings for a successful harvest, it is necessary to prepare the appropriate soil. It is about its acidity, which should be equal to 7 pH. Sowing of seeds is not recommended to be carried out directly on an open ground. The soil in the cassettes should not be fertilized with fresh manure. This is fraught with spotting of root crops.
In relation to the dacha of high yield, it can be achieved by digging up the soil deep enough in the autumn period, after which it can be added along with potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizers. If in the fall you didn’t manage to realize this stage, then it will be possible to prepare the plot for apple root or stalked celery in the spring using the Fokin flat-cutter.
Celery seed sowing
Experienced gardeners do not recommend deepening the seeds, but only sprinkle them a little to the ground at a level of 0.2 cm. For good seed growth, it is necessary to ensure the room temperature at +25 degrees.
Many people know that in order to get a “strong” seedling it is possible to carry out sowing of seeds after cold or warm processing. However, it is possible to sow the root celery, as well as the stalked celery, directly into the container on the snow, as shown in the photo.
All care will be in watering the seedlings and airing everyday. The soil should not dry out, as well as excessively flooded with water.Perhaps the cultivation of seedlings in another way - "in the light."
Germination of seeds by the method of "on the light"
Transparent plastic container is lined with napkins, water is poured. Do not pour the seeds of celery too generously. To obtain healthy seedlings, the container is closed with the same transparent plastic lid and placed in a bright and warm place. The first shoots can be expected already after five days.
This method does not require too much space and time to grow seedlings, and minimal care is needed. Since the water in the container does not dry out even after the container is ventilated, it does not need to be poured. After another thirteen days, you will receive quite “adult” sprouts.
The most crucial moment is the transplanting of the strong, but still too fragile seedlings to the soil. For this purpose it is necessary to use a toothpick and carefully separate each plant from the napkin, and then lower it into the previously prepared indentations. One hole can not contain more than one germ. Now care will be to maintain soil moisture. On this issue, an excellent teacher will be a video from the network.
Further cultivation of root celery will require waiting for the day when at least two leaflets appear in sprouts. This will be a signal for thinning seedlings and transplanting their cassettes with a cell size of 5 * 5 cm. Such a young plant is allowed to grow even in small pots.
Planting seedlings in open ground
After the root apple or stalked celery is planted in open ground, the care does not stop, and the cultivation itself requires a different approach. Transplanted seedlings, as stated in numerous videos, after the threat of frost has passed. Proper care helped them reach the age of 2-2.5 months. If the cultivation was carried out properly, then celery should be pleasing to the eye with 4-5 leaves.
So, seedlings are planted in the event that the average daily temperature stably stays in the range from +8 to +10 C, and the threat of frost is as small as possible. The soil of the plot is loosened to a depth of 5 cm, which will ensure cultivation in certain conditions. Using a garden spatula, holes are created at a distance of 20 cm and 15 cm deep. Rows should be separated from each other within 30 cm or 35 cm.At the bottom of the hole is recommended to pour a handful of cow's humus, so that further cultivation took place "fortified."
All further care for plants in the open field, as well as cultivation, will consist of watering as needed, as well as monitoring the condition of not only the soil, but also the shoots themselves. If everything was done correctly, then celery will take root for seven days, eventually, having pleased you with tasty fruits.