Purple Vienna



The Purple Vienna Kohlrabi is an early variety that grows to 12″ inches high. The pale purple, flattened, globe shaped bulbs are smooth and tender and form above the ground. Purple Vienna’s uniquely flavored white flesh tastes the best when its bulbs are 3″ in diameter. Sow in the spring to enjoy a successful harvest over a longer period of time.

Learning Download: How to Grow Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family and is one of the hardiest vegetables as it tolerates colder weather better than other garden crops. This crop provides nutrients like Vitamin C and fiber when eaten.

Before Planting: Kohlrabi prefers mild weather, fertile, well-irrigated soil will help promote rapid growth. Grow throughout the season in the North, and during fall and winter in the South.

Planting: Sow 1-2 seeds per cell, 1/2″ deep, when ready transplant outdoors at 6-8″ between plant. Harvest when roots are about 3″ diameter; 8″ diameter for storage varieties.

Watering: Water often to keep soil moist.

Fertilizer: Upon planting, work in a general-purpose fertilizer to quicken growth. You also can amend the soil with composted manure upon planting. Once the plant is established, fertilize every three to four weeks with a general-purpose fertilizer.

Days to Maturity: Kohlrabi is ready to harvest when its bulb is 1 to 3 inches in diameter, or about the size of a tennis ball. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Do not pick the vegetable in warm weather, as the root becomes woody. Kohlrabi leaves also are edible. Boil them or use them in salads.

Tips: As it is a member of the cabbage family, kohlrabi can be a victim to cabbage moths and other pests. Protect the plants with floating row covers and prevent disease by using a four-year crop rotation.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: 250 seeds/16′, 1,000 seeds/66′, 436M/acre at 15 seeds/ft with rows 18″ apart.

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