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How to Grow Kohlrabi

Gardeners who grow Kohlrabi, fondly refer to it as "Rabi". With a nutty, celery-like taste, Kohlrabi is nutritious and easy to grow. Surprisingly, it is not overly popular in home gardens. Not only have most gardeners never grown it, many have never even eaten it! 

Kohlrabi is among the hardiest of garden vegetables. You will find Rabi growing long after your other garden vegetables have succumbed to the cold and frost.

Kohlrabi is a bulbous root crop that prefers cool weather. It is a member of the cabbage family.

How to Grow Kohlrabi:

Grow Kohlrabi plants in full sun to partial shade. This fast growing plant loves cool weather Plan a spring and a fall crop. Plants prefer rich, well draining soil. Add plenty of compost into the soil prior to planting.

Sow Kohlrabi seeds outdoors, as soon as the soil can be worked. Or, start seedlings indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost.

Sow Kohlrabi seeds thinly 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, in double rows 1 1/2 feet apart. Thin seedlings to six inches apart.

Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting, and again a month later.

Keep the soil moist, not wet.

Keep the plants well weed, to afford maximum growth.


Days to Maturity: 44-55 days.

Harvest Kohlrabi  when the root gets larger than a tennis ball. General size range is three to five inches in diameter. Pick as much as you need, and let the remainder continue to grow.

The leaves are also edible. They can be added to salads or boiled like spinach.

Insects, Pests, and Disease:

There are few insect problems in this fast growing vegetable.

Kohlrabi is generally disease free.

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