"Turnip-rooted-celery", great for veggie soups, stews, or fry in butter
Also called "turnip-rooted celery", celeriac is grown for its globe-shaped roots. Flavor is starchier and sweeter than celery with overtones of parsley flavor. Harvest roots when 2 to 4" in diameter and use in vegetable soups, stews, boiled and served in cheese dishes or mashed with potatoes, fried in butter until almost brown, or grate or peel into salads. To make peeling easier, cut into quarters. Culture is the same as for celery though the leaves are not eaten. Roots may be stored as a winter vegetable. Pre-1870.Apiaceae Apium graveolens
Large Smooth Prague
Celeriac is the same species as celery, but it is grown for its roots (actually a swollen stem base) rather than its stems. It has pretty much the same requirements as celery and is grown in the same way.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 110 (Spring/Summer), 110 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Celeriac is quite hardy and can withstand a hard frost if it is covered with mulch.
- Spring Transplant
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
Celeriac can be started indoors, which is good since it tends to grow so slowly initially. The seedlings like a fairly cool 60˚ F for growth. Take care to keep them moist. It is likely they will take 8 to 12 weeks to reach the desired size for transplanting. Make sure to harden off the seedlings before transplanting them outdoors.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
Give Celeriac full sun in cooler temperatures.
Consistent watering is the single most important factor in growing good celeriac, the soil should never be allowed to dry out. This may mean watering daily in dry weather, though every other day is more usual. Water is particularly critical as harvest time approaches.
It is a heavy feeder and needs a lot of attention. Celeriac needs lots of nitrogen to produce its succulent growth. If the soil is poor feed with compost tea or liquid kelp weekly.
- Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Celeriac is not especially easy to grow in a container, but if you want to try it, make sure to use a pot that is at least 8" in diameter and 12" deep, so the root has plenty of room to develop.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Tan, light green
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Flavor is starchier and sweeter than celery with overtones of parsley flavor. Use in vegetable soups, stews, boiled and served in cheese dishes or mashed with potatoes, fried in butter until almost brown, or grate or peel into salads. To make peeling easier, cut into quarters.