GROWING GREAT CELERIAC

Celeriac is commonly known as turnip-rooted celery. It produces a swollen root which can be lifted and stored well into the winter.

VARIETIES

Marble Ball’ Medium-sized, globular, strongly … flavoured; stores well.

Jose’ Early cropper, uniformly shaped roots.

Tellus’ Quick-growing variety with smoother skin than most varieties.

Site and Soil

Most garden soils are suitable; celeriac will tolerate a poorer soil than celery.

Sowing Instructions

See notes on celery for sowing technique. Transplant into the cropping site in May/June.

Growing Instructions

Draw a deep drill and plant out in the base 22.5 – 30 cm (9 – 12 inch) apart. The drill makes subsequent watering easier as growth and succulence is dependent upon ample moisture. Space the rows 37.5 – 45 cm (15 – 18 inch) apart. Hoe to control weeds. Remove side shoots which may develop to distort the root shape.

Harvesting

Pull as soon as the roots are large enough. Celeriac is normally lifted in October/November and stored in sand or peat for winter use.

Pests and Diseases

Slugs, carrot fly and celery fly.

Chinese Long Green’ Smooth-skinned fruits about 1’ long.

‘Tokyo Slicer’ Smooth dark-skinned cucumbers, prolific cropper.

‘Kyoto’ Long, straight smooth cucumbers.

Site and Soil

A well-rotted compost heap in a sheltered, sunny position is ideal.

Sowing Instructions

1. Sow indoors in pots in April/early May OR –

2. Outside under cloches in the cropping site in mid-May/early June.

If sowing indoors, sow 2 seeds per pot and thin to one as soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle. Plant out 90 – 120 cm (3 – 4 inch) apart in late May/early June.

Growing Instructions

Occasionally give a liquid feed and plenty of water in dry weather. Stop the main stem, at six to eight leaves, thus encouraging the side shoots to develop.

Cross-pollination is essential and some hand pollination will help to set fruits.

Put a piece of glass or wood under the fruits to keep them clean.

PESTS AND DISEASES

Slugs can be a problem at the early stages, and mildew is likely to occur.

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