Apium graveolens 'var. rapaceum Brilliant'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Celeriac needs a six-month growing season for the swollen 'bulb' at the base of the stem to develop. It is then harvested in late autumn or early winter, and can cooked or grated raw into salads. The leaves can also be used for seasoning and garnishing. Sow seeds indoors in modules in early spring, and then harden off the plants before planting out when they are about 7cm (3in) tall. Plant in rows 30-38cm (12-15in) apart with the crowns at soil level, not buried. 'Brilliant' is a smooth-rooted variety with lovely white flesh that doesn't discolour.

Family: Apium

Genus: Apium

Species: graveolens

Cultivar: var. rapaceum Brilliant

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 38cm

Time to plant seeds: March to March

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