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|DESCRIPTION: It is a biennial, erect, glabrous herbaceous plant up to 100 cm tall. USE: The most common use of celery is for its thick, succulent leaf stalks that are used, often with a part of the leaf blades, in soups, cooked dishes and salads. All parts of the plant have medicinal properties. GROWING PERIOD: Harvesting of early cultivars starts 55-60 days after direct sowing or 40-50 days after transplanting, late cultivars are harvested from 3 months after direct sowing or 3-5 months after transplanting. COMMON NAMES: celery, leaf celery, stalk celery, celeriac. FURTHER INF: It is a halophilous marsh plant, which explains the high water needs and good salt tolerance of cultivated types. It grows best in marshlands, by waterways and other damp sites. Celery demands a moist, pervious, fertile, if possible slightly saline soil well supplied with organic matter.