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Lactuca sativa var. asparagina

'Celtuce' is a plant in the Lactuca (Lettuce) genus with a scientific name of Lactuca sativa var. asparagina. The botanical name epithet for Celtuce (sativa) means 'having been cultivated'.

Celtuce is also known as Stem Lettuce, Asparagus Lettuce and Chinese Lettuce. Though it has a common name of Celtuce, it is not a cross between Lettuce and Celery. It is just a variety of Lettuce grown for its romaine-like foliage and mainly for its thick, edible stem. The stem grows 6 to 8 inches long and about 1½ inches in diameter. They can be cooked like broccoli and tastes like a cross between a mild summer squash and an artichoke. The leaves can be used for salad.

Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Green-yellow colour. It is an edible vegetable that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Normally grows with a erect habit.

China is believed to be where Celtuce originates from.

Celtuce is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Celtuce have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Celtuce

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Remember to water Celtuce often.

See our list of companion Plants for Celtuce to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Celtuce from seed

Transplanting Celtuce

This grows best in cool seasons. Plant and cultivate like Leaf Lettuce. Space plants 8 to 10 inches apart. Use the young, outer leaves as greens. A few weeks later, the stalks will be ready to harvest. Peeled, they can be eaten raw or cooked.

Common Celtuce problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Celtuce plants:

Other names for Celtuce

Augustana, Angustata, Stem lettuce, Celery lettuce, Asparagus lettuce, Chinese lettuce

Celtuce care instructions

How long does Celtuce take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Celtuce

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