Growing Purple Vienna Kohlrabi Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
- Days to Maturity: 60 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Plant Spacing: 4-6”
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained, pH between 6.5 and 7
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full Sun
- Pests/diseases: Cabbage worms, slugs, grasshoppers and aphids
- Color: Purple
- Flavor: Mildly Sweet
Purple Vienna Kohlrabi Growth Habits:
Sow the non-GMO seeds directly in the garden. The Purple Vienna Kohlrabi seeds thrive in well-drained soil with organic matter, and the resulting plants will need a couple inches of water per week. Growth rate and health may be improved by companion planting with beets, celery, or cucumbers. Harvest the kohlrabi when it is 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
Purple Vienna Kohlrabi in the Square Foot Garden:
Plant 4 to 9 per square foot, depending on the size you harvest them at.
Culinary Uses for Purple Vienna Kohlrabi:
Kohlrabi must be prepped in the kitchen before using. First, cut it in half. Slice off the woody top and the bottom of the vegetable. Then remove the core, unless the kohlrabi is fairly small. Finally, use a knife or vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Now it's ready to eat or cook. Kohlrabi have been described as tasting like a turnip or like a cabbage, but sweeter. Raw, they make a great addition to a fresh garden salad. Puréed, they add a distinctive flavor to potato soup or cream of broccoli soup. Kohlrabi can also be roasted with winter squash or steamed.
Purple Vienna Kohlrabi Health Benefits:
Kohlrabi grown from heirloom Purple Vienna seeds yield a vegetable rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps heal wounds, synthesize collagen, and absorb iron. It's also rich in vitamin B6, which helps red blood cell production and immunity. Kohlrabi is also a good source of fiber, which helps control blood sugar and support intestinal health. The vegetable is also a source of potassium, a mineral important to heart health.
Seeds Per Package:
- 4 g - Approximately 1,100 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 8,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 32,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 128,000 Seeds