You may have seen this oddly shaped knobby vegetable at your local supermarket or grocer and had no idea what it was, or how to use it. With its unique, sometimes alien like shape, Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) is a versatile vegetable that tastes similar to broccoli. It can be enjoyed either raw in salads or cooked in soups, roasts, or stir-fries.


How to grow kohlrabi in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot in your garden with well drained soil. Enrich with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.   
  2. Sow seed direct into the soil, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds, 10-15cm apart with 30-40cm between rows. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings at each clump to the strongest.  Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4. Harvest by pulling the bulbs early or when the bulbs are between 5-7 cm in diameter. Sow successive crops every 4-5 weeks to extend your harvest window.

     
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How to grow kohlrabi in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep and position in a sunny spot. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. 
  2. Sow seed direct into the soil, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well.   
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings at each clump to the strongest.  Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4. Harvest by pulling the bulbs early or when the bulbs are between 5-7 cm in diameter. Sow successive crops every 4-5 weeks to extend you harvest window. 

Growing tips

  • Do not mound the soil around the base. The root system can easily hold the mass above ground and mounding can cause the plant to rot. 
  • Bigger is not better when it comes to kohlrabi. The smaller the size the tastier it is. 


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Recommended products

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.