Heirloom 1871. A cousin of celery that is grown in the same manner, but is harvested for the unsightly root. Less popular in the US, it is considered an estimable vegetable throughout Europe. Makes for a wonderful earthy addition to mashed potatoes. Perfect for fall dishes or with braised meats.
Germination: 10-21 days, soaking seeds overnight aids germination
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/8-1/4" deep
Sowing Indoors: Start 10-12 weeks before the last frost. Soaking seeds overnight aids germination. Keep soil moist and temperatures at 70-75ºF. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant after last frost, 8-12” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas
Harvest: Late summer into fall
Tips: Needs fertile soil and consistent moisture throughout the entire season for optimum growth. Add compost to the planting area and/or add organic fertilizer. Mulching will help retain moisture and control weeds.