Apium graveolens (84 days) Open-pollinated. Inspired cross of Giant Red Celery and Ventura by Frank Morton in the early 1990s, now a stabilized cultivar. This marriage of opposites brings out the best of both partners and hides the flaws. Wanting to offer red celery, we trialed heirloom Giant Red but found it tough, stringy and too strong for modern palates. However, when combined with Ventura, the harshness and textural flaws disappeared into a delicious chewy stem with plenty of interior red color. Not as tender as Ventura, but with an enhanced flavor that will really enliven soups, salads and casseroles. OSSI. Independent Breeder. ①
3630 Redventure - Organic
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Celery & Celeriac
Days to maturity are from date of transplanting, not seeding.
About 1925-3000 seeds/g.
Culture: Must be started indoors in early spring, 10–12 weeks before transplant. Minimum germination temperature 65°, optimal range 70–75°, needs fluctuating temperatures. After germination, ambient air temperatures can be reduced but remain above 55° until transplanting. For one week prior to transplanting, go light on watering. Transplant outdoors when daytime temperatures are above 55° and the nights do not dip below 40°. Virginian Pam Dawling suggests that falling apple blossoms are a good phenological sign that transplanting time for these crops has arrived. Young seedlings grow slowly, requiring rich moist soil to survive. Regular rainfall or irrigation is necessary for good growth, flavor and yields. Celery withstands light fall frosts but is killed by serious cold.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.