The Q&A Archives: cutting celery

Question: I dug a large hole, filled it w/ layers of organic matter, and made a small heap of compost on top. Then I dug a trench around the hole, put some organic material in it, and planted celery in it (around the big hole) This worked out great- 2 months later my celery is LARGE and leafy and green, and most importantly- tasty.
My question- do I have to harvest the whole plant??? I only use 2- 3 stalks per week. Can I cut a stalk from a plant near the base without damaging the plant????

Answer: Congratulations! Unfortunately, you do have to cut the whole thing. It doesn't keep at all well in the field once it is ready. If you leave it too long it will turn bitter and bolt. At least it keeps pretty well in the refrigerator.

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