Celery Plants for Organic Garden
Celeriac seed is one of my favorite foods. It tastes like oatmeal with a slightly bitter aftertaste. I enjoy it roasted on the stove or simmered with other ingredients. People have come to think that I'm addicted to it. Maybe that's why I'm writing about it.
Celeriac seeds aren't hard to grow or harvest, but they're a little different from your ordinary vegetables. The large white, hard root only has small black dots and grows very slowly. It produces a thick cream-like juice that hovers between a thin celery and sweet potatoes and has the texture of a soft potato. Makes a good puree!
Seeds and pods should be planted in warm, rich soil with an adequate amount of light. If growing indoors, use a regular potting mix, not a compost mix. Keep the seed dry until the plant starts producing leaves. Germination and flowering of the root vegetable will take place after the plant has developed the main set of leaves.
Celeriac seeds pertain to the part of the plant that produces the edible root. Full sunlight is required unless further production is intended. Germination will not occur without several weeks of partial sun. Partial sun will also encourage the growth of shoots which are the basis for new growth.
Plant spacing is very important in order for Celeriac to flourish. Make sure your garden can handle at least twice as much additional plants as the Celeriac seeds require. That way you'll be sure the garden can handle at least two crops of Celeriac per year. If more seeds than that are grown, the garden will not be able to support any more growth.
In order to properly germinate Celeriac, partial sun is necessary. The area should be well-watered but not over-watered. If your soil temperature is not optimal, you may need to adjust the fertilizer and soil temperature to get the best results. Check the local weather forecast to see if the soil temperature is expected to rise above freezing for at least a week during the time you expect germination to take place.
There are different methods to sprouting Celery seeds. After pulling the young stems, the roots should be dug up and soaked in warm water until they begin to loosen. The soaking process helps release the starch from the fiber. The soaked roots should then be raked out and either plucked lightly to remove the fibers or cut into pieces. The pieces can be mixed together and used to make small pellets or seed disks.
Many people enjoy the taste and flavor of these root vegetables. Celery greens can be harvested often. The harvest season lasts from late spring to late summer. The quality of the product depends on the number of harvesting attempts and on how the soil is prepared before planting. Harvesting and eating the seeds will provide years of enjoyment and can help improve the health of the person eating them as well.
Most of the information about germination and seedling planting comes from Australia, although it has also been found to work elsewhere. When planning to try growing Celery from seed, it is important to use compost. If this is not available or is not needed, it can be purchased from a local garden center or nursery. It is possible to rent a greenhouse or grow the plants indoors using artificial light, but most people choose the Australian way of sowing because there are no insects or snakes that can be a problem.
The best time to plant Celery seeds is in late spring through early summer, depending on the variety. Harvesting late is not necessary and is not recommended. If harvesting late, the seeds will not germinate. The scientific name of this plant is Apium graveolens var.
Harvesting right after flowering should be done with care, since the stem of the plant will dry out and the seeds will not germinate. The plant is very susceptible to being "stuck" between flower buds. This can be prevented by making sure that the stems are blunt and not hooked or curly. The best way to get around this problem is to go through each flower bud and remove the seed, if possible. This is easily done with a pair of garden shears. This should be repeated with other celeriac plants to prevent the problem of "stuck" seeds.
When choosing which Celery plant to harvest, you will want to take into account any problems that are specific to that plant, such as the ability to withstand frost. Frost hardy plants grow well in cold climates and should be harvested accordingly. Hardy stems should also be chosen, since they may not be affected as much by frost. Celery roots are also resistant to a number of diseases and pests, making it a good choice for organic vegetable gardens.