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Kohlrabi choices for the Iowa climate

Posted by mikkle 5A (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 24, 10 at 20:56

What varieties of kohlrabi have Iowa gardeners had luck in growing? I grew some several years back but, as I recall,they weren't that great. My wife recently picked a few up at a farmers market which we really liked, but she didn't think to ask about the variety. I'd be curious to know the names of the varieties Iowa gardeners have had success with, and how heritage varieties complete with hybrids and with the larger 8-10" bulbs that are grown. I live in SE Iowa.

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RE: Kohlrabi choices for the Iowa climate

Not from Iowa, but across the Missouri in Nebraska.
My best luck has been with the hybrids - Grand Duke hybrid has done well for me in the past, last season I tried Kolibri (purple) and Kongo (white), most of my plants succumbed to the tragedy of my Bt spray (I misread the amount of wetting agent to use and burned all my brassicas) but the few that missed the spray seemed to do good. Trying both of them again this year.
Early white/purple Vienna get way too woody for me. Haven't tried the large bulbed (Superschmeltz) types.

RE: Kohlrabi choices for the Iowa climate

I've had excellent results with every type that I've planted, both in the spring and fall plantings. As Cybrczch says, Some of the early varieties tend to get woody if you let them get too big, but it usually isn't a problem for me. They get eaten quickly!

RE: Kohlrabi choices for the Iowa climate

Mikkle, curious as to how your kohlrabi did this year. I started mine indoors to transplant, I planted 18 Kolibri and 18 Kongo plants out in mid-late April, harvested the first Kolibri at the end of May and picked the last 3 Kongo 2 days ago. Big, but not woody, could eat all the way down to the stem area. This year I also tried roasting them, cubed, tossed with oil and salt, then top with parmesan. Not bad at all.

RE: Kohlrabi choices for the Iowa climate

I have had good luck with Kossak hybrid direct seeded in the spring produce baseball to softball size tender and sweet

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