PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Apium graveolens secalinum
Leaf celery, Wild celery, 'Par-Cel', Smallage
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Biennial, Hardy
Flowering period Spring to autumn
Height 12-18in/30-45cm
Light preference Sun, Part shade
Soil preference Any, fertile, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring, 0.5in/12mm
Looking almost identical to flat leaved parsley, all parts of this plant have a strong celery scent and flavour. Add a sprig or finely chopped leaves to stocks and sauces. The insignificant flowers are white, followed by masses of seed, which can be used to make celery salt (hover over apple icon for instructions). It is also said to repel insects including the cabbage white butterfly and can therefore be used as a companion plant which should be particularly effective grown near plants in the brassica family.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Direct sow 0.5in/12mm deep (needs darkness and moisture to germinate reliably) in autumn or spring, either in rows in the vegetable patch or dot around the garden, thinning to a foot or so apart. I have never found it necessary to soak the seed in hot water, as is often recommended. Pinch or cut out flowering stems when the plants are relatively young, but if you wish, allow them to develop flowers and self-seed later in the year.
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