What are Celery Companion Plants? Mostly companion planting is done with vegetables but very few ornamental plants. In this article, we will know about companion planting and plants that grow well and do not grow well with celery. Onions, Garlic, and Leeks have a savory flavor that makes celery tastier.
You love gardening! and now you have made up your mind to grow celery in your garden. Indeed, a great idea ! with such a yummy, crunch, and healthy option. But, do you know growing celery demands effort? You need to look at the soil type for that, the nearby area, and the companion plants to grow with celery. Simple and simultaneously needs some sweat, but worth it!
First of all, we are helping you know what companion planting is all about?
What is companion planting?
It is a method of growing and combining different plants in an area of a garden to get double benefit mutually. Mostly companion planting is done with the vegetables but very few ornamental plants.
How does companion planting work?
These plants mutually help each other from the pests, and insects and ultimately from the diseases which alone could not. The crop stays protected from the lacewings, bugs, etc. in so many ways by calling on beneficial predators into the garden.
What can you plant with celery? – What are Celery Companion Plants?
A few Celery Companion Plants or the variety of plants that you can grow with celery in the same garden bed to protect your main crop plant, will act as a guard directly or indirectly for celery plants. A few Celery Companion Plants are as follows:
Vegetables that can be planted with Celery
Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Shallots, Chives
The strong smell and savory flavor of onions do a lot of work in polishing and flavoring celery as well. It is seen that growing onion by side of celery improves its flavor. The smell of onion pushes away the bugs that usually feed on celery
Help in fixing nitration in the soil, leading to more nutrient levels in the soil. Celery needs a high rate of nutrients. Beans, in return, get protected from beetles, who hate the pungent smell of celery.
Tomatoes provide celery with some good shade, the tomato-loving bugs stay away from them due to celery by their side!
Similar water and nutrition requirements make it easy to grow them together. Celery hinders the attack of pests on spinach.
Provides shade to celery, the celery protects them from whiteflies and other pests.
Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli
The long cabbage type provides celery shade. The white cabbage moths attack cabbages, and a few other brassicas, and eat them up making big holes, which can be reduced by celery plants
Flowers that can be planted together with celery:
The pollinators ( beneficial ones) love snapdragons. Pest discourages the presence of healthy pollinators.
Daisies are great companion plants in inviting beneficial pollinators and keep pests and insects away from the crop plant.
Marigolds are among the gardener’s favorites, and are great options to deter the entry of insects near the crop plant.
The attractive blooms call on parasitic insects like wasps that feed on the pests.
Herbs that can be planted with Celery:
Any helpful insects get attracted and the aroma( that we all love) is perhaps hated by many pests. Not this, they form a safe weedless ground cover, keeping water level up inside your garden.
Sage is beneficial to celery by eradicating the weeds nearby celery, and deters the pest and insect attacks.
This strong-smelling herb, with its flowers, attract pollinators in huge numbers like bees and hoverflies, that “scare” all the pest away from your ‘crop baby’.
A good defender against the celery leaf miners and other garden pests.
Cilantro or Coriander
The aroma of coriander keeps the insects, and hoverflies away, which can benefit the celery plant.
The strong, sweet smell that attracts the insects defending celery plants, can grow near celery despite its dry soil suitability.
Grow this plant by the celery plant to shun away the hoverflies and pests.
What not to plant with Celery? – Plants that are not Celery Companion Plants?
Take a note, guys! There are always exceptions. Avoid planting these plants near the proximity of the celery plant.
For more such plant related-articles, you may also read, Growing Asparagus in Pots – How to Grow and Care for Asparagus?
Corn due to high nutrition demand soaks most of the nutrients from the soil, causing scarcity for the celery plant. Their lengths can be too ‘shady’ for the celery plants.
Harvesting time is sooner than celery plant. Harvesting potatoes will cause the uprooting of celery.
Spread a lot, need a lot of moisture and provide too much shade resisting celery from growing well.
Attract a lot of pests that can be harmful to your celery plant.
Belonging to the same family Apiaceae, the pests are almost similar. Also, the long roots of carrots can damage the celery plants while digging them out.
Parsnips and turnips
Can cause a nutrient deficiency in the celery plant.
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How long does it take to grow celery?
130-140 days are needed for celery to mature. Though you can eat it by picking at any phase of their growth.
Does celery-like sun or shade?
Celery grows in the not-so-shady spot and needs full sun for healthy growth.
Can celery and strawberries be planted together?
Yes! Planting celery and strawberries together can be done.
Is celery hard to grow?
Growing celery needs a lot of attention, which your gardener can do well, or the experienced people. They are easy to grow, indeed, but need a lot of water, nutrition, sun, and great weather.
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