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up-potting celery

Post  curio on 3/10/2012, 11:40 am

WOW... that was eye-crossing work. Shocked
I sowed a group of celery seed (red and green) earlier in the year, and today it was time to select the plants I wanted to up-pot.
I used an old fashioned potato peeler as my "shovel" to pry up the selected seedlings and move them. This tool is small, curved and has a nice size for working. Once I had the root ball free, I was able to put a finger on the other side of the root ball and move it over to a small peat pot with MM in it. I'd previously made a hole to accept the root ball (or root if the ball crumbled away) with the same little potato peeler, as it made a nice workable hole.
Once moved, the MM was gently pushed against the root ball or roots, and a little of the dry seedling mix (it's finer than the MM) placed on top to help brace the little guys up until they adjust.
The next step, when they are bigger and have root systems to match, I will either up-pot the entire peat pot (with bottom gently removed) or plant it directly into the ground (depending on the temperatures)
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Post  GWN on 3/10/2012, 1:19 pm

I did the same thing several weeks ago however I had so many celery plants that I only potted up about 30 of them and the rest are still growing in the initial tray.

They are looking great now, seems to take FOREVER for them to grow.
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Post  curio on 3/10/2012, 1:53 pm

I'm only up-potting 6 stalks, since hubby and I don't use a ton of it during the year. I too have a bunch that haven't been moved over. I wanted to make sure these took before I tried any more.
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Post  Lindacol on 3/10/2012, 2:03 pm

The potato peeler has become my 'trowel' for all seedlings. Works wonderful for up potting seedlings from the vermiculite germination pot or tray.
Think I need to get a new peeler just for the kitchen.
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Post  GWN on 3/10/2012, 2:23 pm

My husband and I cannot eat onions, and so every recipe that calls for onion, I use celery and garlic, and so we eat tons of celery.
I found it great in the past, it was a plant that I could cut enough for tonites meal and then it would keep growing, much like spinach.
What do you call that cut and grow??
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