Kohlrabi 'Red Vienna'

Brassica oleracea var. coulorapa 'Red Vienna'

German Turnip

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Kohlrabi is related to the cabbage and has a swollen edible stem that resembles a turnip. It has a sweet, mild flavour and can be enjoyed crisp and raw, or or steamed, stir-fried or added to soups and stews. Leaves can be cooked and eaten in the same way as kale.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Harvest when young within 8 - 10 weeks of sowing or when the stems are between 50 - 75 mm in diameter.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing during Summer and Autumn. Sowing about 10mm deep. Germination time about 7 - 10 days.

Special features

Crop rotation

Part of the Brassicas (cabbage) family, kohlrabi can be used in basic crop rotation schemes.

Special features

Origin

Central Europe Germany, Holland Israel, China, India

Natural climate

Cool to temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

Stems and leaves are edible and often used

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Cabbage worms and cabbage loopers can be kept at bay with collars around the stems.

Related Problems

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