Kolibri

SKU: KH434
Kolibri kohlrabi seeds produce surprisingly uniform bulbous stems with bright purple, extremely smooth skins over succulent and crisp white flesh. This variety can become quite large without losing any of its appealing texture. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 55 days

Season Cool season

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More details about Kolibri

Kolibri kohlrabi seeds produce surprisingly uniform bulbous stems with bright purple, extremely smooth skins over succulent and crisp white flesh. This variety can become quite large without losing any of its appealing texture. The purple colour of Kolibri is so appealing that they really stand out in the garden. Kohlrabi has the attractive texture of a crisp apple with a mild Brassica flavour that hints of cabbage. Its crispness lends it well for use in salads with thick dressings. Shredded, it makes a delicious coleslaw. And like its Brassica cousins, kohlrabi is an excellent source of phosphorus and potassium as well as dietary fibre, and (somewhat surprisingly) vitamin C. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Matures in 55 days. (Hybrid seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Crisp white interior
    • Smooth purple skin
    • Good for snacks and salads
    • Hybrid seeds
    • Matures in 55 days

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All About Kolibri

Latin

Latin
Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
Family: Brassicaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

We Recommend

We Recommend: Kolibri (KH434). We don’t recommend this wonderful hybrid kohlrabi for any other reason than how splendid looking it is in the garden. Kolibri has the same fine flavour and texture as Kongo, but hey – it’s bright purple! More gardeners need to grow familiar with this nutritious, easy-to-grow vegetable.

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full-sun

Timing

Timing
Direct sow several times during the four to six weeks after the last frost date for a crop to mature starting in about 8 weeks. Sow again after mid-July to early August for fall and winter crops. Planting between mid-May and mid-July causes kohlrabi to mature in hot weather, resulting in inferior bulbs. In short season areas, start kohlrabi indoors in cell trays about 4 weeks before the last frost date and transplant out once day time temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Optimal soil temperature for germination: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep with plants spaced 10-15cm (4-6″) apart in rows 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.

Days to Maturity:

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Kohlrabi is a moderate to heavy feeder that does best in humus-rich soil amended with composted manure. Mix ¼-½ cup complete organic fertilizer into the soil under each plant.

Harvest

Harvest
Spring-sown kohlrabi will get larger than tennis balls in fair soil, but if you pick them when they are still less than 5-8cm (2-3″) in diameter they will be sweet and tender. Fall-grown kohlrabi can grow larger yet stay tender. Kohlrabi is frost-hardy, and may last well beyond Christmas in mild winter areas.

Seed Info

Seed Info
In optimal conditions, at least 80% of the seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 360 seeds, per acre: 104M seeds.

Diseases & Pests

Diseases & Pests
Protect from cabbage moths and other insect pests with floating row cover. Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation; avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
A worthy companion for beets, Brassicas, cucumbers, and onions. Avoid planting near peppers, pole beans, strawberries, and tomatoes.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Kohlrabi

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow several times during the four to six weeks after the last frost date for a crop to mature starting in about 8 weeks. Sow again after mid-July to early August for fall and winter crops. Planting between mid-May and mid-July causes kohlrabi to mature in hot weather, resulting in inferior bulbs. In short season areas, start kohlrabi indoors in cell trays about 4 weeks before the last frost date and transplant out once day time temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Optimal soil temperature for germination: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep with plants spaced 10-15cm (4-6″) apart in rows 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.

Kohlrabi is a moderate to heavy feeder that does best in humus-rich soil amended with composted manure. Mix ¼-½ cup complete organic fertilizer into the soil under each plant.

Step 4: Germination

Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

In optimal conditions, at least 80% of the seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 360 seeds, per acre: 104M seeds.

Step 5: Harvest

Spring-sown kohlrabi will get larger than tennis balls in fair soil, but if you pick them when they are still less than 5-8cm (2-3″) in diameter they will be sweet and tender. Fall-grown kohlrabi can grow larger yet stay tender. Kohlrabi is frost-hardy, and may last well beyond Christmas in mild winter areas.

Tips!

Disease & Pests: Protect from cabbage moths and other insect pests with floating row cover. Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation; avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.

Companion Planting: A worthy companion for beets, Brassicas, cucumbers, and onions. Avoid planting near peppers, pole beans, strawberries, and tomatoes.

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