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Kintsai Seeds

Botanical - Apium Graveolens


Seed Count:
1500 Seeds
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Price £1.37
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1500 Seeds.

Other Names - Kin Tsai, Cutting Celery, Soup Celery, Chinese Celery, Oriental Leaves…

Kintsai is a fast and easy to grow Chinese celery that has the aroma and distinctive flavour of thick stemmed celery. All of the plant is edible and is excellent for adding flavour to soups or adding raw to salads for a little celery kick. It can be harvested in as little as 10 weeks after sowing and is much easier to grow compared to celery.

  • Can be used raw or lightly cooked.
  • Has a distinctive celery flavour and aroma.
  • Harvest from as little as 10 weeks after sowing.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden

Sowing Months - April - September

Harvest - July - December

Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Kintsai is happy to grow next to leeks, spring onions and Japanese onions.

Soil Preperation

Chinese celery or Kintsai needs free draining but water retentive soil. Add some well rotted manure or compost a few weeks before planting. Remove weeds from the bed.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 25 cm
Position Cool location Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 30 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows N/A
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 3 - 4 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as the seedlings start to germinate move to an area with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or greenhouse.
2 - 3 weeks later plant out into their final growing position (early sowing may need longer indoors depending on speed of growth). Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each clump of plants and water well. Early sowings will need covering with horticultural fleece until growth is strong.

Direct Sowing

It is not advisable to sow kintsai direct in the ground. Better results are achieved by sowing indoors then planting out a few weeks later.

Growing On

Chinese celery is a fast growing plant. Water well in dry weather especially when container grown. The plants will benefit from a mulch of compost in summer to help keep the surrounding soil moist.
Weed often to keep competing plants under control. Kintsai is not frost hardy. To overwinter, container grown plants should be moved indoors before the first autumn frosts arrive. The leaf growth over the colder months will slow down however light pickings should still be possible until early spring arrives when leaf growth becomes strong again.


8 - 10 weeks after sowing the first leaves will be ready to cut. Treat the plant as a cut and come again. Cutting the outer large leaves with scissors, leaving the smaller leaves in the middle to grow some more ready for the next harvest. The leaves can be kept in the fridge in a polythene bag for up to 1 week.


Before the frosts arrive move a pot of kintsai indoors to overwinter, perhaps on a windowsill, conservatory or a frost free greenhouse.

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