Who does not love fresh crispy celery from the garden? Are you growing it this season and looking for the best celery companion plants? This article has been written for you!
Many vegetables and attractive garden flowers work well with celery. Let’s dig deep and learn about them in detail!
WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING? AND WHY SHOULD YOU DO IT?
Planting vegetables and flowers in an arrangement that is beneficial for their growth. It benefits from a growth perspective and helps prevent pests and insects from damaging plants.
Companion planting helps you save space, manage insects, and maintain soil health; the plants support each other.
Let’s have a look at them one by one in detail.
Planting crops that mature earlier and can be grown in the same bed help save space, as you can grow them multiple times a year in the same space.
Planting flowers or vegetables with different root structures benefit each other and show healthy growth without disturbing soil health.
Few vegetables support each other mutually and do not require a trellis to grow. For example, Corn, squash, and beans grown together to support each other.
WHAT ARE THE BEST CELERY COMPANION PLANTS FOR BETTER GROWTH?
Now, what to plant with celery? Let’s explore the best companion plants for celery.
The best companion planting celery should avoid pests, including insects like aphids and larger animals like rabbits from the plant beds. The best ones include:
Marigolds have a strong scent that keeps the pests away from celery. If slugs attack your celery plants often, try marigolds and see how they trap slugs.
As a marigold, mint keeps insects and larger animals like deer and rabbits away. As mint spreads quickly, growing it in a pot near celery is recommended.
If chamomile is grown as a celery companion plant, it enhances the celery flavor.
They work similarly to Marigold and deter insects with their strong smell by munching on flea beetles from the celery.
They are beautiful flowers that attract parasitic wasps, predators of insects that damage celery.
Strong-scented herbs such as basil, sage, rosemary, dill, thyme, oregano, and bea balm are also great options for growing with celery and keeping insects away.
VEGETABLES THAT GROW BEST AS CELERY COMPANION PLANTS
Other than the insect-repellent plants that grow well with celery, several vegetables grow best. Let’s explore them.
Spinach is the best partner for celery as both require similar growing conditions (sunlight, water, humidity).
Tomatoes grow well with celery in the same bed, and tomato-loving pests are deterred by celery.
As the cucumber vines grow and spread their leaves, they protect the celery from the sun during summer. And the white flies that attack the cucumber leaves deter by the celery.
Onions, including other members of its family, are known to have strong scents and hence work as bug repellents that mulch on celery.
Tip: You may also consider growing garlic, leeks, shallots, chives, and alliums.
Cabbage and its other family members, including cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, if grown with celery, shade the young celery plants and protect them from the sun.
Bush and pole beans grow better as partners with celery as celery repels the beetles that attack beans. And beans, in return, fix nitrogen to provide essential nutrients to the celery.
You may also grow daisies and snapdragons with celery, as they are also healthy and attractive.
PLANTS THAT ARE BAD COMPANION PLANTS FOR CELERY
Want to know what to avoid growing with celery? Here’re the plants that should be avoided growing besides celery.
They should not be grown as celery companions because potatoes become ready to harvest before the celery. So, you’d have to dig up the celery while harvesting your potatoes, which can greatly harm your celery plants.
Vegetables, including turnips, have shallow roots. When they are pulled out, they disturb the soil around them; in this way, your celery plants get disturbed.
Corn requires heavy nutrients to grow healthily and will absorb celery’s nutrients. Also, tall-grown corn plants can inhibit the growth of your celery plants, so corn should not be grown around celery plants.
Carrots And Parsnips
As they and celery belong to the same family, they can all develop the same pests, making it more difficult for the celery to survive. Moreover, they also disturb the celery roots when harvested.
Other than the above plants, Parsley and cilantro should also be avoided to grow with celery.
The article covers 15+ celery companion plants for better growth. All of them benefit from celery, and celery gets benefit from them in return.
Growing companion plants is always a great option as they save your garden space and let you harvest more as pests and insects stay away from them
I have also mentioned a few bad companion plants for celery that should be avoided growing alongside celery.
Have more questions? Here’re the answers to the most frequently asked questions about celery companion plants.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What not to plant with celery?
You should avoid planting potatoes, turnips, carrots, corn, parsnips, parsley, and cilantro with celery.
Suggest a few celery companion herbs.
Herbs, including basil, sage, rosemary, dill, thyme, oregano, and bea balm, are also great options for growing with celery and keeping insects away.
Can you plant celery with zucchini?
No- because they grow at different rates. Zucchini is a fast grower, while the celery grows slowly.
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