In nature, there are plants that amaze with their powerful and unique healing properties. Celery, the closest relative of parsley, is one of those treasures of health and longevity. Everything is useful in celery - from fragrant juicy leaves and stems to spicy and tender root vegetables. Growing root celery in the land is not difficult. With a little patience and attentiveness, in the fall any gardener can cook many tasty and healthy dishes from it. How to grow root celery in the country? Armed with the advice of experts, you can try to master the not very difficult agricultural practices of growing this root and get quite good results.
How to approach the case
Celery root variety has a very long growing season, so it can only be grown seedling. The main task of the gardener, the first time mastering the technique of growing this crop, is the choice of variety. It is necessary to pay attention to the newly bred varieties, which give an even and large root vegetable.
Sow seeds for seedlings should be in the first decade of February. Before planting, the seeds of the selected variety must be soaked in hot water, the temperature of which should be about 60 degrees C. The fact is that the shell of healthy seeds includes a large amount of essential oil that does not allow the seeds to germinate quickly. Hot water helps the seeds get rid of oil.
Keep the seeds in the water to cool it. After a hot bath, the seeds should be rinsed with running water and dried gently, laid out on a cloth.
You should first prepare a light soil mixture, which is best suited for sprouting seedlings, and seed boxes. For the mixture must be mixed in equal proportions of humus, sand and sod land. The soil layer in the box should be from 8 to 10 cm. You can also use convenient peat tablets for seedlings.
Conditions for seed germination
The following are the main conditions for favorable seed germination:
- good lighting is of great importance for the successful cultivation of celery seedlings
- Seeds should be placed on the surface of the soil, but they should not be covered with soil. You just need to press the seeds a little to the ground,
- Seating box on top must be covered with film or glass.
The first celery sprouts can appear only in 20-25 days. All this time you should carefully monitor the humidity of the earth. Moisten the soil with a spray gun. If there is such an opportunity, then after the emergence of shoots, the boxes should be moved to a room with a lower temperature, but with the same good lighting.
When 3 or more true leaves are formed on sprouts, they should be seated in individual containers of 2-3 plants. Sprouts should be transplanted into open soil by the end of May.
How to grow root celery in the country after planting it in open ground
For beds with root celery, you should choose a sunny place with loose fertile soil. When transplanting into the hole, you can add sawdust, compost or sand. Celery root loves space, so you need to plant seedlings according to a 40 x 40 cm scheme, otherwise the roots will be small and tasteless.
An important condition for transplantation is that the place where the leaves go to the root cannot be deeply buried. It also affects the size of the root. Approximately in August, already in an adult plant, several external leaves should be torn off, which begin to turn yellow or bend down. This procedure helps to increase the root. Experienced gardeners harvest late celery harvest - in the first half of October, when the root is saturated with all nutrients.
A little patience, care and accuracy in the preparation of planting material and transplant conditions - and now a new experienced gardener will be able to share his secrets of how to grow root celery in the country.
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So, the cultivation of root celery has some peculiarities, but it is not very difficult. Despite the fact that celery is grown by seedlings, young plants do not require any time-consuming care. After planting in the ground, plants quickly grow, do not require numerous weeds, and from mid-summer they become so powerful that they themselves suppress weeds. Thus, during the summer you can have fresh, fragrant greens on the table, and in October you can get a harvest of very valuable and healthy root crops, which are perfectly preserved during the entire winter season.