Growing Kohlrabi

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P P         P P P P P

(Best months for growing Kohlrabi in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • Green kohlrabi
  • Mature kohlrabi

The swollen stem looks like a turnip with reddish/purple cabbage leaves, usually purple or greenish white skin.

Protect from cabbage white butterflies

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Kohlrabi

Use when young.
Scrub well, cut off leaf stalks, roots and woody parts
Young ones do not need peeling.
Can be grated raw for salads
Or cut in pieces and steam .
Use in casseroles.

Your comments and tips

01 Mar 21, Hazel proudman (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I am in South Canterbury, waimate.wondering were would I be able to purchase the seeds, please
12 Mar 21, Charu (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Kings plant barn has kohlrabi seeds .i just sowed it today .
04 Mar 21, Anonymous (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Try NZ seeds suppliers on the internet. Or garden shops in Bunnings, Mitre 10 etc.
08 May 20, Shar (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it okay to start sowing the kohl rabi seeds now or should I wait for a couple of months and start in August? I live in suburban Sydney
11 May 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to the kohlrabi page, set climate to sub tropical, ( eg and read the calendar months when to plant. P in a green box means Plant or Sow seeds.
11 Mar 20, Marlene (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi I,ive in the Western Cape, South Africa - Winter rainfall area. I would love to find out more about the growing conditions for Kholrabi. Thanking you
11 Mar 20, Anon (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Read the info that is here, when to plant, how far apart etc. If more info required Google
17 Jan 20, Carol (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
When is best time to grow kohlrabi in Auckland?
01 Jan 20, Benny Ramokgola (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I get kohlrabi in Limpopo?
04 Jan 20, anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Look up seed selling websites in S Africa.
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