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Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes 'Kolibri'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. gongylodes
Cultivar: Kolibri

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sequee On Jul 22, 2010, Sequee from Carmel, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this guy! They are gorgeous and taste soooo good! They're great is soup and in stir fry, but rarely make it beyond the raw stage since I LOVE them sliced and dipped in ranch dressing or humus. Yum!

Neutral mystic On Dec 31, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 2006 Award of Garden Merit.

Positive Sarahskeeper On Jun 20, 2006, Sarahskeeper from Brockton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I sow the seed in flats 4 weeks before last frost. I plant them in between the Broccoli, they are ready before they crowd the Broccoli. (2 crops in one plot)
Nice flavor and crisp texture. Purple skin and white flesh.
Great raw, steamed, in stir fries and stews.

Positive grngrl On Jan 23, 2005, grngrl from Austin, TX wrote:

This was an excellent plant for us in Austin, Texas. It grew to be about 4 inches in diameter with a firm, dense texture. They were ready to harvest in under 40 days, but held well in the soil for a week or so longer, without diminishing taste or texure. I also saute the leaves when I cook the root.....very nice. I started the first plants in the house over the summer and set them out into the garden in early September. I've now seeded another set directly into the garden in January and they're doing fine. So easy it's just silly not to grow a few!!!


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

Clovis, California
Danbury, Connecticut
Bark River, Michigan
Carmel, New York
Austin, Texas

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