How to Grow Kohlrabi

how to grow kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is my very favorite vegetable. It’s sweet and crunchy. We eat it any time we can find it. It’s easy to grow and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the vegetable garden. You should definitely give it a try.

I was amazed when I found out what kohlrabi was. 

Some of the kids never tire of picking. Zealous for gardening. :)

Some of the kids never tire of picking. Zealous for gardening. 🙂

Kohlrabi is AMAZING! It takes like broccoli stems, only a little sweeter. I love it raw, steamed, sautéed, or roasted and I love the leaves as well. The kids really love growing it and most of them like it as well. They much prefer it cooked over raw though.

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How to Grow Kohlrabi

When I decided to start growing kohlrabi to see what it tasted like, everyone I told about it had never heard of it, so I thought I would share about it here in case you never have either. It’s so much fun to watch it grow. It takes a relatively small space so you can grow quite a few in a pretty small area.

planting kohlrabi with kids



When we grow kohlrabi, we start the seeds inside. We sow some directly into the soil outside but we always have better luck with our indoor seedlings. Last year, somehow we killed all of our seedlings, so we had to buy starts from a local nursery.

Kohlrabi grows fairly quickly compared to Brussels sprouts or broccoli. We like fast at Little Sprouts, the faster the better!

kohlrabi

The kohlrabi grows on a small root and right above the ground a strange bulb comes up and forms just above the soil surface. You continue to let it grow, and cut it off at the ground when it’s about baseball size.

I have seen some as big as softballs, and I have seen some smaller than a baseball, but baseball size is just about right for maximum deliciousness in my book.


I have seen green and purple varieties. We have grown both. I love showing the kids different colors of veggies, like rainbow carrots or Easter egg or watermelon radishes. I love to see the awe and wonder they show.

kids harvesting kohlrabi

We have been growing kohlrabi since our first gardening year and we have fallen in LOVE. The kids LOVE how funny it looks too. It’s kind of like a little alien thing. It’s an adventure in the garden.

How long does it take to grow kohlrabi

Kohlrabi takes about 45-60 days to produce. You can eat it at several stages, but if you let it grow very big, you’ll have to peel it. Smaller is better.

Plan kohlrabi seeds 8-10 inches apart about 1/4 inch in the ground. Just make a small hole and place a seed, then cover with soil and pat down about as hard as you would rub your eye. 

If you plant seedlings, plant them 8-10 inches apart at the same soil level they were in the original container.

Kohlrabi grows in cool weather. Plant seeds about 8-10 weeks before your last frost date. Plant seedlings out in Oklahoma in mid April or around your last frost date. A mild freeze won’t hurt them. 

You can plant seeds in succession for kohlrabi and get several harvests. Once you pick it, kohlrabi will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. I can’t wait until you taste it. It’s so good!

 

How many kohlrabies per plant

Each kohlrabi plant grows one kohlrabi. It doesn’t grow back after you pull it. When harvesting, you pull the entire bulb, cut off the root and use the greens and bulb raw or cooked.

Click here to see what we are growing in our preschool garden. It’s tons of fun.

Share in the comments what you are growing in your garden and if you have heard of kohlrabi before now?

 

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2 comments

  1. I am growing purple and white this year. Someone gave me a couple of recipes to try and I hear the taste is fantastic. Kohlrabi is a great root crop that is loaded with vitamin C.

    • It’s one of my faves! We grew purple our first year and have only grown white since then, they are both delish. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it and thanks for the comment and for reading.

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