heads, Blue bills, Mallards and may other wild ducks, darken the sky in the
fall over the wild celery beds. But many of the vast Wild Celery beds
of former years have disappeared because pollution, weed killing sprays,
storm drainage and other causes have destroyed thousands of acres of natural
You will find no better way to increase
your enjoyment during the hunting season than by planting Wild Celery.
Hundreds of wild ducks can be attracted to local waters with
the established wild celery beds.
Celery is a submerging aquatic plant that does not grow out of the water. It
only grows to the water surface and the ducks and geese will dive down to
get at the tubers (or bulbs) of the plant. It also produces a seed in the
fall of the year that the ducks will feed on. All parts of the plant
are eaten by Wild Ducks, but the tender winter buds and rootstock are
relished most. Once Wild Celery is established in your waters it will grow
Being a submergent the Celery needs to be planted where
there will be at least 18 inches of water at all times. It will tolerate
water that is 3 feet deep, if the water is very clear. The sunlight needs to
filter down to the tubers in the Spring to germinate them. A suggestion is
to lower a white Styrofoam cup into the water. If you can still see the cup
when on the bottom, the sunlight will get to the tubers.
We will send along some cheese cloth bags for planting the
tubers. Place 5 tubers, along with some mud or stones, that will make the
bags heavy enough to stay on the bottom. The bags can be buried in the soil
or take a stick and push part of the bag in the soil to make it stationary.
Be careful not to break off the sprouts on the tubers, as they will no
re-sprout if broken off.
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