Growing Purple Vienna Kohlrabi Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
- Other Names:
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors:
- 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
- Diseases/pests/problems: Kohlrabi will do best in soil with organic matter. Susceptible to cabbageworms, slugs, grasshoppers and aphids.
- Flavor:Mildly Sweet
Start by sowing the non-GMO seeds directly outdoors. The Purple Vienna seeds will thrive in well drained soil with organic matter and a pH level between 6.5 and 7. Plant the seeds half an inch deep, with four to six inches between plants. Allow a space of eighteen to thirty six inches between rows. While growing, the Purple crops will need one to two inches of water each week. Kohlrabi is ready to be harvested when the stems have grown to be two to three inches in diameter.
Purple Vienna Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes), comes from a German word meaning “cabbage turnip”. Very similar to cabbage, it is much sweeter and creamier. The bulb is white, the stems grow big with large leaves, which can be a replacement for spinach or lettuce. It likes cooler climates but will grow in most zones. It needs full sun, but too much heat can dry them out. This annual is an early variety and is ready after Early White Vienna Kohlrabi. The beautiful purple bulbs grow above the soil. Does not require much water. Soil needs to be kept moist, but not over saturated. Weeds around Kohlrabi need to be kept under control, as a lot of nutrients from the soil to grow properly. As it prefers the cold, gardeners in hotter zones where there is no frost, should plant in the fall for a spring harvest. Kohlrabi is great for cooking. It can be added raw fresh to salads but the root needs to be peeled. Delicious baked, blanched, or pickled. Purple Vienna Kohlrabi is great steamed.