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Apium graveloens var rapaceum

Sustainable Ewe favourites:

Sedano di verona



Quick Reference

Optimum Soil Temperature 12-25°
Days to Germination 18-25 days
Days to Harvest 95 days from transplant
Direct Sow or Transplant Transplant
Distance Apart 30cm
Soil pH 5.9-6.9
Annual/Biennial /Perennial  Biennial


A member of the celery family Celeriac is also known as root Celery, Celery Knob, or Turnip Rooted Celery.

Originating in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean the first written mention of Celeriac was in Homer’s Odyssey where it was known as Selinon.

Grown for it kohlrabi shaped root which can be baked, steamed, shredded, add to soups and salads.  Eaten cooked or raw.  Leaves and stems are also edible adding to the versatility of this vegetable.



Grows in rich soil in full sun.

Storing harvested Celeriac:  Will store for up to six months in a cool (0 to 5°) dark place.

Seed Saving:  Insect pollinated.  Isolation distance of 1km.  30 plants recommended for genetic diversity.  As it is a biennial seed is harvested in the second year and plants may be difficult to overwinter.

Seed Life:   Five years

Fun Facts

Contains of high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin K.  Also phosphorous, Vitamins C and B6


Septoria Leaf Spot – black or brown rusty spots on leaves.  Most common in colder weather.  Crop rotation is important to help mediate the occurrence of disease.Bolting/Running to Seed – Happens when there is a cold snap followed by a warm spell.  Can occur when the soil drys out. Water regularly in dry periods.

Split Stalks – Can be caused by dry soil  Also an indication of excess Nitrogen.  Water regularly in dry periods.

Thin Dry Stalks – Lack of ferliliser and/or moisture.  Feed and water plants.


Aphids – clusters of tiny insects on leaves.  Keep plants well watered in dry periods.

Companion Planting

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