Purple Vienna

Purple Vienna

SKU: KH437
Heirloom seeds have always enjoyed its status as one of the standards for the home and market. Purple skin covers faintly greenish-white flesh with superb flavour. Harvest the attractive purple kohlrabis at 6cm (21⁄2”) in diameter for the finest texture. Read More

Exposure Full Sun

Matures 55-69 days

Season Spring

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Purple Vienna kohlrabi is an old heirloom variety that has always enjoyed its status as one of the standards for the home and market. Purple skin covers faintly greenish-white flesh with superb flavour. The tops are small, and the leaves are both colourful and edible. Just treat them like you would kale. Harvest the attractive purple kohlrabis at 6cm (2½") in diameter for the finest texture. Direct sow in early spring for a summer harvest, and again in August to harvest in the cool weather of the fall and winter. This is the most economical kohlrabi to use for microgreens, and their flavour is exceptional.

Matures in 55-69 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Heirloom seeds
    • Superb flavour
    • Matures in 55-69 days

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All About Purple Vienna

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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