KolibriKolibriCompanion Planting for Kohlrabi


5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


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

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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.

Matures in 55 days. (Hybrid seeds)

How to Grow Kohlrabi

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This close relative of the cabbage was bred over centuries to develop a flattened meristem. Sometimes referred to as German turnips, kohlrabis are very rich in vitamin C, and a great source of potassium. The flavour is like a very mild cabbage and the texture is crisp and crunchy, a bit like that of a pear. Great in salads or eaten raw. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Kohlrabi Guide and grow food.!

Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
Family: Brassicaceae


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: Cool season
Exposure: Full-sun
Zone: 3-10

Direct sow early April until mid-May for a crop to mature in about 8 weeks. Sow again mid-July to early August for fall and winter crops. Planting between mid-May and mid-July causes them to mature in hot weather resulting in inferior bulbs. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days.

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

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.

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 the garden.

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
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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4 reviews for Kolibri

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    If you haven’t tasted kohlrabi, this variety is excellent to try. It is sweet and crunchy when eaten raw and keeps well in the fridge. And it does add colour to the garden. Quite easy to grow.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Amazing!! 100% yield! I started about 10 off as seedlings indoors and then planted another 10 directly into garden. Surprisingly, the direct sown seeds yielded bigger bulbs. Very tasty and very easy to grow.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Amazing yield and beautiful colour!

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This little alien has a fantastic color! And taste and visual. It was troubled by very little pests. Somehow the very present cabbage moth seemed to almost ignore my Kolibris. They germinate quickly, grow at a normal rate of a brassica and all of the sudden, once the little bulbs form, they just grow extremely quick. Such a lovely addition to the garden. I am in love with this veggie.

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