Kohlrabi Growing Guide

Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes


Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Well drained soil amended with well rotted compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes, tolerates light frosts.


In lean soil, mix in a balanced organic fertilizer before planting.


Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 7" (20cm) with 11" (30cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in early spring indoors, or outdoors when the weather is warm but the soil is still cool.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Easier to grow than broccoli, especially in spring. Can be sown in late summer for a fall crops.


Pull plants when swollen stems are the size of tennis balls. Older plants have inferior texture.


Cabbageworms can be damaging, but they are less attracted to kohlrabi compared to other cabbage family crops.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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