How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Celeriac

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People love the knobby root of celeriac, which is also called celery root. It is a unique and tasty veggie. Here are the steps you need to take to plant, grow, and take care of celeriac:

Celleriac grows in chilly weather. Start seeds inside 10-12 weeks before your last frost. After the final frost, transplant seedlings outdoors. Look for well-draining soil and moderate to full light.

1. Choosing the Right Time and Location

Seed celeriac in seed trays or small pots with seed starting mix. Start seeds 1/4" deep. Keep the soil moist and about 60-70°F (15-21°C) for maximum germination.

2. Planting Celeriac Seeds

Transplant seedlings with two genuine leaves. Plant rows should be 6-8 inches apart with 18-24 inches between rows.

3. Transplanting Seedlings

Celeriac likes fertile, well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0–7.0.

4. Soil Requirements

Maintain moist, not soggy soil. Deep watering promotes root growth.

5. Watering

Before planting and after establishment, use a balanced, all-purpose fertiliser. Add nitrogen-rich fertiliser during the growing season.

6. Fertilizing

Mulch around plants to stop weeds, maintain moisture, and adjust soil temperature.

7. Mulching

Once celeriac plants are established, thin them to leave the strongest ones with room to grow substantial roots.

8. Thinning

To promote a smoother root, mound up soil around celeriac stems as they grow.

9. Hilling

 Monitor for aphids, celery leaf miners, and slugs. If necessary, use organic pest control measures. Avoid overhead watering and promote airflow to prevent fungal illnesses in celeriac.

10. Pests and Diseases

After 100-120 days, celeriac is ready to harvest. When roots are 3-4 inches wide, harvest. - Dig the roots gently to avoid damage.

11. Harvesting

Store gathered celeriac in a root cellar or refrigerator in a cool, humid atmosphere.

12. Storage

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