Growing Kohlrabi Plants In Your Garden

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.

Outdoor Garden With Kohlrabi Plants

Outdoor Garden With Kohlrabi Plants

Kohlrabi is in the same family as mustard and close relatives with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts.

Kohlrabi Plants In The Garden

Kohlrabi Plants In The Garden

Ideally, a kohlrabi bulb should be about the size of an apple or smaller, approximate 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter.

Vegetable Garden With Kohlrabi Plants

Vegetable Garden With Kohlrabi Plants

Grow kohlrabi in a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil.

Garden With Bricks And Kohlrabi Plants

Garden With Bricks And Kohlrabi Plants

You are probably wondering how long to wait for kohlrabi harvest. Fast growing kohlrabi grows best in temperatures 60 to 80 F. (16-27 C.) and is ready to harvest in 50 to 70 days, or when the stem reaches 3 inches in diameter.

Backyard Garden With Kohlrabi Plants

Backyard Garden With Kohlrabi Plants

Kohlrabi is a cool weather plant that grows well in the spring and even better in the fall. It will flower if temperatures fall below 45 F.

Kohlrabi Plants In The Yard

Kohlrabi Plants In The Yard

Kohlrabi is popular across Europe, though it’s less often seen in English speaking countries.

Vegetable Kohlrabi Plants In The Garden

Vegetable Kohlrabi Plants In The Garden

Kohlrabi is a weird vegetable. A brassica, it’s a very close relative of better known crops such as cabbage and broccoli.

Kohlrabi Plants In The Vegetable Garden

Kohlrabi Plants In The Vegetable Garden

Harvesting kohlrabi plants is best done when they are small. This is when the vegetable’s flavor will be the best.

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