Growing Kohlrabi Plants In Your Garden
Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family and is a cool season vegetable grown for its enlarged stem or “bulb.” When growing kohlrabi plants, remember that most growth occurs in spring or in fall. The plant definitely prefers cool weather, so if you can only grow one crop a season, fall is preferred. It will taste best if it matures in the fall. Kohlrabi isn’t a root plant; the bulb is the stem of the plants and it should sit just above the level of the soil. This part of the root will swell and become a sweet, tender vegetable you can cook or eat raw. Fertilize your soil and then plant the kohlrabi. You can have a continuous crop if you plant your kohlrabi every two to three weeks. Make sure to place the seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep into the soil about 2 to 5 inches apart if planting seeds directly outside.
Also, when growing kohlrabi, keep the soil well watered or you’ll end up with tough,woody stemmed plants. When to harvest kohlrabi is when the first stem is 1 inch in diameter. Kohlrabi can be continuously harvested, up until the stems are 2 to 3 inches in diameter. After that, your plants will be too old and too tough. As long as you know best when to harvest kohlrabi, you’ll have plants with a milder, sweeter flavor.
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