We've been growing our kohlrabi in earth boxes for the first time this year and WOW! Just picked these yesterday and ate some of them for dinner - YUM
Express Forcer is my favorite white kohlrabi, though it runs a little behind Kolibri - my favorite of all, which is a purple kohlrabi, and, as you said about the Forcer, you can let it get large, without getting tough and fibrous, which some OP varieties I have tried have done. I didn't grow EF this season, only because the places that supply the seeds I really didn't want to order anything else from, so I tried a new hybrid white - Winner. It looks good, though still a little smaller than the kolibri. I also tried some Azure Star and Ropinai KopÃºstai - two more purples. I always plant a spring and a fall crop; tried to grow them undercover one winter, but they just sat there, while the Asian greens flourished.skiingjeff wrote:@Applestar - Express Forcer - White. They are very juicy and tender even when they get big. A lot of folks say to pick them smaller in order to not have them be tough but we just peel them like a carrot and they are great!
You can always try for a fall crop, we're planning to plant for the fall as well.
applestar wrote:Last year, every time my kohlrabi got growing, rabbits and groundHOGs chomped them to the ground. Sometimes, I ddidn't see anything wrong in the one garden bed, then it would slowly dawn on me that ONLY kohlrabi had been eaten -- peas, endive, escarole, even lettuce and broccoli were intact (you remember I tend to plant in a polyculture patch? ) Put a screen above then and you will have no problem.
THIS year, none of the seeds would sprout -- I have one LONE kohlrabi growing in a windowbox high up above the ground....
...yours look delicious...
They WERE in a rabbit fenced garden bed, but they dug under or climbed over.Bobberman wrote:Put a screen above then and you will have no problem.
We always start ours in pots and transplant into earth boxes which adds about 25 - 30 days to the maturity of the kohlrabi, including hardening. The ones we just picked took a total of 77 days to mature so taking away the 30 days for the seedling to transplant, it was about 45-47 days to maturity even though the package stated 65 days for my spring crop. They also germinated in only 4 days. So the "normal" adding of 30 days didn't seem to be fully needed for these Maybe because they were in earth boxes?applestar wrote:@skiingjeff, when do you sow the seeds for the fall crop? Would about 8 weeks before first average frost work?