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Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Related to celery with a celery-like taste but easier to grow, if fiddlier because of the need to remove side-shoots as they appear. In all but the heaviest soils, they can be left in the ground for harvesting when needed between September and March.

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pH6.5 - 7.5
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingok
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok


sow indoors sow indoors

Sow seed on surface of compost and germinate at min. 10 °C

prick out prick out

Between plants: 5cm
Between rows: 5cm

When seeds are large enough to handle prick out and grow on at the same temperature.

plant plant

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 45cm

Transplant once risk of frost has passed into a hole so that the crown is clear of the soil. Remove sideshoots as the bulbs swell in midsummer (you need to keep it well-watered). Towards the end of September, draw soil up around the bulbs. If you are leaving them in over winter, cover with fleece or straw to keep them cosy.

harvest harvest

Lift the entire plant and trim off roots and leaves. If you have a heavy, wet soil, it will probably be safest to lift them all in September and store them in damp sand in a frost-free shed. Otherwise, cover with straw or fleece and lift whe required.

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