Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Brassica
Species: Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes


The kohlrabi (also known as cabbage turnip or stem turnip) is another interesting variety of Brassica oleracea, its scientific name is Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes.
The kohlrabi is native to the Mediterranean area and central Asia. The plant has a taproot that is much less developed than in the other varieties; part of the stem develops a bulb-like swelling (often inaccurately called a turnip) of a fleshy consistency, which may be white, greenish or purple, can weigh up to 1 kg and is the edible part of the plant.  Leaves with long petioles (sometimes over 15 cm) sprout from the bulbous swelling, they are shades of green or purple and covered in the typical waxy substances of B. oleracea.

Growing Sheet

Scientific name Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
Productivity cycle Annual
Recommended Seeding In Pots
Number of seeds 2
Sowing Depth 0.30 cm
Distance between rows 35 cm / 40 cm
Distance between rows 25 cm / 30 cm
Estimated number of plants/sqm 9.00
Average growing time 60 gg / 140 gg
Average sprouting time 6 gg / 8 gg
Produce per sqm 1.20 kg / 6.00 kg
Estimated growing sqm per person 0.8
Ideal Sprouting Temperature (C°) 5 °c - 25 °c
Min. Temperature (C°) -2 °c
Soil pH 6.00 / 7.00
Can be grown in pots yes