Growing kohlrabi is not a difficult job, especially when you have this blog to learn all the tips and techniques required. In this article you will find all the essential tips required to grow kohlrabi in your own home garden.
Kohlrabi is in the same family as cabbage and it grows very fast because of its tolerance to cooler temperatures. Here are some tips on how to grow kohlrabi successfully.
Nature of soil:
Soil is very important for growing kohlrabi. Make sure to fertilize the soil before planting kohlrabi. Kohlrabi likes acidic soil in the 6.0 to 7.0 range. You can perform a soil test with some available soil test kit. And then you can make the necessary adjustments as required.
You can plant the kohlrabi seeds no deeper than a half inch. If you sow the seeds deeper than that, the seeds may not be able to penetrate through the top soil and will remain buried inside.
Keep the soil moist by regular watering.
Time to harvest:
If you want to have a good harvest, try to plant the kohlrabi in the area where it will get the longest amount of sunlight during the day. You can harvest the kohlrabi when the stem is around 2 inches in diameter. While harvesting you can pull the entire plant and trim the leaves with the help of a pair of scissors.
Suggestions and warnings on growing kohlrabi
Kohlrabi plants are very much prone to lot of pests and disease. You can foil them by rotating crops every year, maintaining the soil pH above 6.0, encouraging insect predators as well as using floating row covers.
You can also spray the plants with compost tea to promote their better growth.
After harvesting the kohlrabi, you can store it in the refrigerator for one week or for one to two months in a cold, moist place.
Following these simple tips on growing kohlrabi and you will be well on your way to a great tasting vegetable, kohlrabi.
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