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PlantFiles: Kohlrabi
Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes 'Early White Vienna'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. gongylodes
Cultivar: Early White Vienna
Additional cultivar information: (aka Di Vienna Bianco)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cloverlymd On Jul 16, 2009, cloverlymd from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I grew this variety this year, sowing outdoors. We had terrible early spring weather, so germination was rather poor and slow: it took almost a month for the seed to emerge. However, 63 days after emergence we had a perfect tennis-ball-size bulb of excellent quality. Next year I will start indoor; this year I simply ran out of room.

Positive jessums On Jul 15, 2006, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

All varieties of Kohlrabi are easy to grow and have no real problem with pests. They are great for beginning gardeners. The Early Vienna has a nice taste if it grows quickly and picked when the plant is smaller.

Positive winter_unfazed On Nov 25, 2004, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

The row spacings from the seed packet are way too sparse. Modern horticulturists say that all brassicas should have row spacings of 1 foot (30 cm) and when they are thinned they are not killed but merely moved; this delays formation of the root and stretches kohlrabi season. White kohlrabi should be sown in fall, 7 weeks before frost is expected, and harvested when 2.5 in (7 cm) across, after frost. (They do not fare well if spring-planted.) Purple kohlrabi is hardier and should be planted 30 days before frost. The new hybrids may be purple or white in colour but most are adapted for spring planting. An old name for kohlrabi is Brassica caulorapa. The leaves of all kohlrabi are edible, or esculent.

Neutral trifunov On Oct 21, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have the seeds of this Kohlrabi from American Seed. The packet says:
Days to germinate: 10-15
Depth to sow: 1/4 in
Seed spacing: 4-5in
Row spacing: 2ft
Days to harvest: 55-60d
Sow seed in a sunny location after danger of frost.
Thin seedlings when they are2-4 inches in height, with the final spacing of the plants 6in.

I sowed about 3 weeks ago, and have had no germination - the seed was commercial seed packed for 2002 (2 years old) so it probably doesn't store well.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 3, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This a 19th century cool weather cultivar that has to be sown around the first of February here in Georgia. This cultivar is smaller and about a week earlier than Purple Vienna. I prefer the Purple simply because it grows larger, vigor and taste are similar.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Clovis, California
Los Angeles, California
Augusta, Georgia
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Silver Spring, Maryland
Rogersville, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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