Celeriac 'Prinz', also known as root-celery, is a closely related variety of common leaf celery. ‘Prinz’ is a high quality celeriac which is very trouble-free to grow and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Celeriac is grown for its delicious, knobbly underground root which will not win any beauty contest but once you have tasted the exquisite flavour and texture, you’ll realise that ugly is only skin deep.
Celeriac can be mashed, cooked in soups and stews or eaten raw and grated in salads.
|When to sow
|Sow indoors February to May.
|Where to sow
|Celeriac seeds require light to germinate therefore sow seeds thinly on the surface of moist compost in modules.
|Cover the modules with either a clear plastic cover or a propagator and place in a bright position, but not in direct sunlight at about 20°C (68°F). Keep the surface of the compost moist until after germination.
|What to do Next
|When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant to individual pots and grow on.
|In late May to early June, after hardening off for 7 to 10 days, plant out 30cm (12in) spacing between each plant and 45cm (18in) between rows.
|Plant out so that the crown of the seedlings are slightly proud of the soil. Water well but try and settle the roots without washing soil over the crown.
|September to February.
|Mulching around the base of the plants with straw will help to retain water and suppress weeds.
|Remove side shoots and remove lower leaves from mid-summer to expose the crown to help it swell.
|In late September draw a little soil around the celeriac to keep it white.
|Good Companions : Beans, Leeks, Onions, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Spinach, Tomatoes.
|Low in calories and high in Vitamin K and essential minerals phosphorous and Iron.
|Celariac can be combined with other root vegetables, added to soups or used in place of mashed potatoes. It also adds a delicate flavour when used raw in salads.
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