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Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum) is mostly known for its large bulbous root and craggily appearance but, did you know that it is also a great source of fibre and other antioxidants? This fantastic vegetable is also easy to grow and can be used in a wide range of dishes from soups, stews, salads and more!

How to grow celeriac in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sprinkle seeds over mix, lightly cover and gently water. Keep the soil moist throughout germination – this can take up to 2-3 weeks or longer in cooler conditions. 
  2. While the seeds are germinating, choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  3. Once seedlings reach 10cm tall, thin and discard weak seedlings, leaving the healthiest. Transplant into the garden bed, spacing 20cm apart, with rows at least 40cm apart. Water in well and mulch well with an organic mulch, like sugar cane or pea straw. 
  4. After 20 to 28 weeks, when the bulbs are about the size of a tennis ball, carefully remove the bulbous root from the soil and enjoy!

     
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How to grow celeriac in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep. Position in full sun. 
  2. Fill starter trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sprinkle seeds over mix, lightly cover and gently water. Keep the soil moist throughout germination – this can take up to 2-3 weeks or longer in cooler conditions. 
  3. Once seedlings reach 10cm tall, fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter Tr.ansplant seedling into pot and water in well.  
  4. Mulch well with an organic mulch, like sugar cane or pea straw. 
  5. After 20 to 28 weeks, when the bulbs are about the size of a tennis ball, carefully remove the bulbous root from the soil and enjoy! 

Growing tips

  • Celeriac prefer a soil that is kept moist at all times so be sure to keep well watered during hot and dry periods. 
  • To promote further root growth remove any side shoots when they appear on the plant.  
  • Avoid feeding with any fertilisers that are high in nitrogen as this will reduce the growth of the root ball. 
  • Smaller bulbs tend to have a sweeter taste making them perfect for adding to salads and purees.  
  • Celeriac can be used in a wide range of dishes such as salads, or used in soups, stews, and purees or added to mashed potato.


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