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How to Grow Celeriac or ‘Turnip Rooted Celery’
This member of the Celery family has a large turnip-like root, which is the portion of the plants that is eaten. It is traditionally cooked and served like a beet.
The leaves are hollow and bitter in flavor, and quite unfit for use as a kitchen vegetable or salad.
How to grow celeriac
Celeriac thrives in a deep, rich, moist, free soil. It requires full sun but will tolerate slight shade.
Sow the seed in boxes in Spring or straight into garden rows and treat similarly to Celery.
Planting celeriac seeds outdoors
Transplanting of the young celeriac seedlings is essential to success. Plant the seedlings outdoors in rows on the flat (not in a trench like Celery), eighteen inches apart, allowing twelve inches between the plants in the rows.
Celeriac does not require ‘earthing up’ like the ordinary Celery, and the other cultivation necessary is to keep the ground free from weeds.
Properly cooked and served, Celeriac is a first-class table vegetable, the sliced roots make a good salad and are also useful for flavoring soups. If necessary, liquid cow or stable manure, or Nitrate of Soda, may be given after transplanting as well as at intervals of from ten to twelve days whilst the crop is growing.