Kohlrabi gardening for beginners

This blog post is all about planting and growing kohlrabi vegetables and it will help beginners.

Kohlrabi gardening for beginners

Kohlrabi Is also known as a German turnip. Cauliflower, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts collard green, savoy cabbage, and gai lan belongs to the same species. It is an edible vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. Kohlrabi in US is grown widely and it is very popular among gardeners. The vegetable is a biennial that is grown as an annual in the US country. Thie edible vegetable is mainly planted for its swelling base (plant stem) and this base is eaten cooked or raw. The shape of the base is round like a globe or a playing ball and it rises above the ground. Its varieties are available in white, pale green and purple skins. The globe base and leaves of the kohlrabi plant can be eaten. 

Seed sowing time

You should sow the seeds three to four weeks before the final frost date. 

Temperature requirement

Thrive well in temperatures ranging from 4.4°C to 23.9°C.

Maturity time 

It needs 45 to 60 days to achieve maturity level.

Soil pH required for plants

Kohlrabi grows best in soil pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.8.

Growing conditions

One should sow Kohlrabi in late summer for the winter crop, it can tolerate early frost fall. There should be full light while growing Kohlrabi. Always choose well-drained soil with good organic matter for planting. Before planting the plant add 2 inches of aged compost into the soil. 

It can be grown in warm winter climates. For winter harvest late summer is the best time to sow this crop. Keep the soil moist and for that, you need regular water if your plant does not get regular water it will remain moistureless. In such a case, your plant may become woody. Aged compost can be used to prepare planting beds. 


Which season plant is kohlrabi?

It is a cool-season plant.

How much sunlight is required for kohlrabi?

It needs full and direct sunlight for 8 hours a day. At least 6 hours of sunlight is required for the plant.

Which kind of soil is required for Kohlrabi plant?

The crop needs well-drained and fertile soil with sufficient organic matter.

Name some crops that can’t be grown along with kohlrabi.

One should avoid peppers, pole beans, strawberries, and tomatoes.

What can you plant near the kohlrabi plant?

Beets, brassica, onion and cucumbers.

Which soil is best for Kohlrabi?

The best soil for this crop is neutral to slightly alkaline. It grows well in fertile soil with a good amount of organic matter.

Can I grow Kohlrabi in containers?

Yes, it’s easy to grow this vegetable in containers. Choose a container at least 16 inches in diameter and 16 inches deeper. Fill the container with potting soil that is having a good number of organic matter

When to harvest Kohlrabi?

Harvesting can be started when the first stem reaches 1 inch in diameter.

Which is the most suitable season for growing Kohlrabi?

Kohlrabi is a cold-season crop and grows well in fall and spring.

Why kohlrabi is not growing?

Possible reasons for not growing are:
Too hot temperature.
Extreme cold temperature.
Not good spacing between plants.
Lack of water.
Lack of nutrients.

What are the pests in kohlrabi?

flee beetles, aphids, damping off, cutworms, cabbage worms, root rot, snails and slugs.

Is it possible to grow kohlrabi indoors?

It is a cold-climate plant and can be easily grown indoors easily. One should place it at a place where it gets partial sunlight for 6 to 8 hours.

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