Growing Celeriac

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(Best months for growing Celeriac in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 70°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 18 - 31 inches apart
  • Harvest in 14-28 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, brassicas, carrots, leeks, lettuce, peas, sage, tomatoes, onions

Your comments and tips

16 Mar 17, Jan (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
How do you know when the celeriac is ready to harvest?
17 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Harvest celeriac when the stem is 75-100 mm (3-4") across or before a heavy frost is likely.
16 Jan 17, Ruth Newbury-Swash (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Would like to try growing celeriac, I live on the Whangaparaoa Pen., Auckland, wonder if it would grow here or if wrong climate? Also, if ok, which variety would grow best here.....am trying to lose weight and read celeriace chips better diet option than potatoes? Many thanks, Ruth.
24 Feb 17, Trudy (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Warkworth and currently eating those as seeded Spring 2016. Seeds I purchased were Mars from egmont seeds.
20 Jan 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
If you can grow celery you should have no trouble growing celeriac. Check out your local seed companies for appropriate varieties. Trust this helps.
04 Jan 17, Hannelie Kriel (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Good day, I desperately need to buy celeriac seeds to take with me to Namibia. Do you have any knowledge as to where I can buy the seeds in Cape Town, Stellenbosch area? Regards Hannelie
29 Nov 16, Walter (Australia - temperate climate)
I have grown celeriac successfully at Caboolture and Morayfield. It needs a rich moist soil and some mulch around the plants. I strike them from seed in a pot with seed mix, just under the surface and keep moist. I sow them in April though I am not sure if it is the tight time. They take a long time to grow, being biennial. Never let them dry out though. And they do not like wet feet in the heat. Also, when the bulbs are big enough and start sprouting leaves, when big enough, they can be pulled off and replanted. The seeds can be good on the Net. Happy growing!
15 Nov 16, Joy (Australia - temperate climate)
Where in Australia does celeriac grow in?
18 Nov 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Celeriac is in the same family as celery and parsley so will grow easily in a temperate climate. you will need to check sowing times.
26 Oct 16, Jen Symmons (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How do I grow celeriac successfully in Brisbane? Who are the largest growers of celariac in Australia?
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We live near Bendigo. For years i have tried to grow Celeriac but unsuccessfully, first in Scotland and subsequently in Australia. The plants always ran to seed before forming a good root base. Last year i bought beautiful seedlings in June, planted them, they grew fantastically then bolted, I pulled them out. I tried growing from seed but direct sowing has never worked. Growing in a good seed mix did work but then the seedlings struggled and many failed in the ground. However my third attempt last year has resulted in some good sized celeriac which we are eating now. They are just showing signs of bolting though so are all getting lifted this week. They are very sensitive to drought so keep the plants well watered. Watch your plants for any signs of bolting and if they show them, rip them out and start again! I think now is a good time to start some in trays. I cannot find any seed yet this year but there are plants in the garden centres that i would not bother with - they are root bound and sure to bolt. Good luck. Celeriac is such a beautiful vegetable.

- Richard MacEwan

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