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Growing Kohlrabi

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(Best months for growing Kohlrabi in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

Your comments and tips

04 Sep 11, Roger (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Ruth; No answers but i have the same problem! No big swollen bottoms like in the photo. just thick stalks
28 Sep 11, Peter Kovacs (Australia - arid climate)
My Mather make a howl an it with a spoon and filled with mince and rice and seasoning,cooked in the dill sauce from the inside of spooned out kohlrabi. See Hungarian recipe's.
25 Apr 12, konstantinos (Australia - temperate climate)
hi my kohlrabi has holes on it any advice? thanks metiteranian climat
27 Jul 12, adam (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Yes Ingvild, I learnt this recipe from my Dutch friends as well. It's really delicious, and you can also mash in some celeriac to go with it.
30 Aug 12, Amanda Grady (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have kohlrabi growing. Lots of leaves which are delicious cooked like spinach. Unfortunately there is no swelling at the base yet. How long should it take to start to see something. I have problem with onions not swelling also. Is this the same reason?
30 Aug 12, adam (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Amanda. When i lived in temperate Sydney, the kohlrabi was a lot less bulbous as well. Perhaps it is the region you live. Kohlrabi, and most of the family, grow slower in the cooler regions. I'm no scientist, but I've noticed this. Maybe it grows too quickly?. The same would apply to onions I think. I tried growing onions in the south of India a couple of years ago. The heat just turned them into spring onions, almost no bulb at all. Just a theory. Maybe you could try in the shady? It might work.
21 Dec 12, GRANVILLE (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
HI I WAS JUST LOOKING TO SEE WHAT SHOULDN'T BE GROWN TOGETHER HAVING SEEN SOMETHINGS I PLAN TO PLANT DON'T LIKE PLANTS I ALREADY HAVE GROWING, BUT I WAS WONDERING HOW FAR AWAY THINGS HAVE TO BE NOT TO AFFECTING EACH OTHER.
25 Jan 13, Robert Capecchi (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
2 Kohlrabi (boil 25mins) transfer to chilled water, towel dry & slice 4 carrots (boil 15mins) transfer to chilled water, towel dry & slice Mix with 250grams of mozzarella and a handful of parsley. Put into a buttered baking dish and cook @ 200'c for 12 mins.
31 May 13, Bonnie (USA - Zone 10a climate)
How far south can Kohlrabi be grow? What is the best time for planting here?
02 Jul 13, ken cassin (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
can you eat the leaves in salads as in raw and boiled for side vegs like spinage
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