How to Grow Celery Root (Celeriac)

Celery root, or celeriac, is a unique root vegetable with a mild celery flavor. Here�s how to grow celeriac using organic methods.

Materials Needed

  • Celeriac seeds or transplants
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Choosing Varieties

Celeriac comes in several varieties:

  • Giant Prague: Large, round roots, vigorous growth.
  • Brilliant: Smooth skin, easy to peel.
  • Diamant: Uniform roots, good storage variety.

Soil Preparation

Celeriac prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5:

  1. Loosen the Soil: Till to a depth of 12 inches (30 cm).
  2. Add Compost: Mix in 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Celeriac

Sow seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost or buy transplants:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) deep, 12 inches (30 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 18 inches (45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Celeriac benefits from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 3-4 weeks.

Harvesting Celeriac

Harvest celeriac when roots are 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm) in diameter:

  • Method: Use a garden fork to lift roots from the soil.

Storing Celeriac

Store celeriac properly to maintain freshness:

  • In the Fridge: Store roots in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within 2 weeks.
  • In a Cool, Dry Place: Store roots in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months.

Growing Tips

  • Thin seedlings to ensure proper spacing and growth.
  • Rotate crops annually to prevent disease.

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