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Garden Giveaway: Growing Cutting Leaf Celery


| 5/2/2012 2:37:00 PM


PBHobson2Patsy Bell Hobson is blogging at Oh Grow Up! When not in the garden or on the road, find her in southern Missouri USA. Read more travel stories at Striped Pot. Find more garden, travel and random rants on her Facebook. 

Cutting leaf celery (Apium graveolens 'Amsterdam Seasoning') is a dark green European celery variety grown for its leaves. This type of celery does not have the thick stalks familiar to those of us in the United States.

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Keep this herb close by the kitchen door. Once you try it, you
will find endless ways to use cutting leaf celery.
 

This herb was new to me until I tried growing it from seed (thanks to Renee's Garden). Now it grows on the patio outside my kitchen door, standing tall and ready for a quick trim whenever I am cooking. 

This biennial is a great plant for containers and a perfect addition to herb garden borders. Plant it where it can grow in partial sun and keep the soil moist. Unlike the more familiar thick-stemmed celery, this cutting leaf celery doesn't need to be planted in trenches, hilled or blanched. Grow the flavor of celery in less space. Also, leave a few plants in the garden to see if they over winter; next year they will grow big and fast, quickly blooming and going to seed.



As an Italian parsley look-a-like, cutting celery is perfect in soups and marinades. Trust me when I say that a little goes a long way—this variety has a stronger flavor than the stalks we are used to seeing.

jhnard
6/11/2019 9:58:11 AM

I had cutting celery appear in my garden 4 years ago and it keeps multiplying and coming back every year now it is everywhere but this year it started to flower. Can the flowers be eaten, do I want them to dry and fall back into garden for future plants or should I dry them to replant? Ilove having access to this plant year round even in the winter as it hides under the snow.


sagimoon
2/23/2013 1:42:25 PM

I love cutting leaf celery in soups, salads, etc.. Can also freeze it in icecube trays to have on hand during winter. :~)




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