Vienna Kohlrabi Mix


Vienna Kohlrabi Mix


Equal parts of White Vienna and Purple Vienna.  Since color is only skin deep, one must wonder why purple types are prized by some.  They are definitely attractive paired at the market.  Small tennis ball sized bulbs (actually the swollen stem) are solid, tender and delicious.  Peel the outer skin of the bulbous stem.   We think it is delicious and as worth the trouble to peel like potatoes.  Research ways of preparing kohlrabi or simply slice raw in sticks and serve with “Ranch” dip as an appetizer or steamed served with a buttery cream sauce for a delicious side dish.  The Viennas are great from an early spring planting.
40-60 days    

(200 seeds)    20 ft row  

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A packet plants 20 ft row (200 seeds)

Kohlrabi seed especially the small kinds that mature early can be planted directly into the garden around the last frost date (late April) or plant seeds indoors a few weeks earlier if you have a cool, sunny window and transplant to the garden in late April.  Kohlrabi often produces better in cool weather.  A mid summer planting of the larger kohlrabi that take longer to mature produce a good crop for the fall.

Kohlrabi easily transplants when young and the plants can be placed in the ground a foot apart.  It requires a garden soil enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.   During the hot summer kohlrabi benefits from irrigation.  

Kohlrabi is a nice summer crop produced from a spring sowing.

Kohlrabi is a biennial and needs to vernalize for a period or cold.   In the spring the plant produces flower stalks and produces pods.  When the pods swell with seed and begin to brown harvest them and allow them to dry.   On Long Island kohlrabi needs to be protected to winter over.  Kohlrabi will cross with other Brassica oleraceae species in flower at the same time.