I am growing celery in a greenhouse. The plants are large and very green but instead of several large stalks, there are lots of small ones and they are bitter. I have never grown celery, so I don't know what or if it should look a little different or not. I have read about blanching and will try that. I guess I want to know how do I make it look like celery or should I care?
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Making it look like the celery you see in the store is tricky. Celery is picky and for the most part, if it is growing for you, then you should be happy. Typically, outside of is very narrow ideal growing conditions, you can expect smaller stalks and poor head formation (which is what you are seeing). Blanching will help with the bitterness. Celery naturally is very bitter so blanching will help to reduce this.
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