Celeriac or "chard" green beans are extremely nutritious and delicious. Growing them is very rewarding for those who grow them, and for the lucky few who get to harvest the highly perishable young plants. They are best planted in sunny, well-drained areas that receive an average rainfall of seven to ten inches. They do not like much shade, and will flourish in rich soil with an acid pH and a slightly alkaline pH. Celeriac is one of the rare species of legumes with a cultivated type.
When the soil is adequately moist, they begin to germinate, but they will not sprout until after the first set of leaves appear. The leaves on a young plant are called cress, and the young roots are called serrated cress. When the first set of leaves are visible, the celery plant will be approximately a week or so old, and it will have neither green nor brown roots. Sowing: Sow beautiful celeriac seeds inside loose flats, six seeds/in, one/eight deep; keep soil moist with good soil temperature between sixty-five and seventy; transplant at approximately ten weeks; plant at full height.
After transplanting, make sure the growing medium is completely dry before planting another crop. The main differences between the traditional vegetable variety of celery (green beans) and the modern crop variety (celerycere or cress) is the way the celery greens are harvested and the nutrition they receive from the plant. In traditional growing, the cress plant is left to develop slowly on the top of the soil and harvested every two or three weeks. The young green leaves and roots are removed carefully, separated from each other, allowed to dry, and the inner leaf and bottom are removed. The cress is left to dry and ferment naturally, providing nourishment to the young seedlings while also providing a protective shield from the harsh elements of nature.
Today, most modern vegetable gardens still follow this method of cultivation, except for those gardens that do not grow non-gmo products. Modern celery and cress are usually growing in soil that is rich in nitrogen, making it ideal for non-gmo growing plants. Modern seedbags are not used in traditional growing methods, because the seeds are protected inside the bag, not exposed to the air. In traditional growing methods, the young green leaves and roots are plucked from the plant, mixed together, and sowed into the garden bed. The seeds are placed at the bottom of the bedding so that they begin to germinate immediately. The entire process, from sowing to seedling growth, can take up to four months.
It's possible to speed up the sowing and harvesting of Celery by pre-soaking the young roots. After plucking the leaves and roots from the plant, they should be soaked overnight in water. The next morning, they can be rinsed out, but care should be taken not to rinse too hard as the residue can clog the compost toilet later. The next day, the sowing can begin, typically in the late afternoon. Seeds can be sow in the sun or in a covered compost toilet to ensure proper germination.
Cultivating and sowing the young celery and cress seeds is simple, but maintaining the quality of the end product requires dedication. The key to producing brilliant celeriac seeds is keeping the moisture levels in the soil constant, preventing over-soiling, and ensuring the pH level is maintained. The soil should be regularly checked for moisture content and aeration, especially if you live in a hot, dry area.
Once the seeds are produced, they should be sown in the spring of the year and transplanted in late summer to early fall. The timing will depend on whether you are growing seedlings or growing full-grown plants. If you are growing plants, the timing will also differ - some prefer the beginning of the fall to the end of winter, while others prefer the beginning of spring to the end of summer. However, most of the time, seedlings should be sown in the spring of the previous year.
There are many different methods for cultivating celery, but it is the traditional method of sowing seedlings that makes it particularly unique. If you are growing seedlings, you must ensure that the soil is always moist but not muddy. This ensures that the plant gets all of the moisture it needs. In addition, it allows the gardener to shape the plant into perfect size and shape as well as shape of the stalk for flavor. When cooking with celery, it is best to cook them within several days of planting because any excess moisture will prevent them from germinating properly.