Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600021


  Storage can be done in  several ways.  Late celery may  be
stored  in the garden for 1 to 2 months by building up  soil
at  the base of the plant.  Gradually build up the  bank  of
soil  to  the top of the plant. This should be  done  before
winter  sets  in.  As the weather  gets  colder,  cover  the
plants with straw held down by boards.                      

  Celery  may also be dug out of the garden, with the  roots
still  attached, and placed in the basement or  root  cellar
before  freezing temperatures occur.  Set the plants on  the
floor  and pack them together tightly.  If  kept  moderately
moist, the plants will keep 1 to 2 months.                  

  A third method of storage would be to place the plants  in
a trench.  The trench should be 10 to 12 inches wide and  24
inches deep.   Again, dig out the plants  leaving  the  soil
attached, pack the celery closely into the trench, and  then
water.  Allow the plant tops to dry off. Make a sloping roof
for the trench and cover it with straw adding more straw  as
the  weather gets colder. Celery will keep in  this  storage
until late winter.                                          

  Celery should not be stored with turnips or cabbage as the
flavor of the celery will be tainted. The temperature of the
storage  area  should be near 32  degrees Fahrenheit and the
humidity moderate. The  roots  should  be in  moist  sand or

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