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BRASSICA oleracea 'Dyna'

Image of Brassica oleracea 'Dyna' (Gongylodes Group)

James H. Schutte

Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

BRASSICA oleracea 'Dyna'( Gongylodes Group)

Plant Common Name

Kohlrabi

General Description

Grown for its sweet, crunchy, bulbous stems, kohlrabi is one of many crops that descend from Brassica oleracea, an annual or short-lived perennial from Western Europe. The open-pollinated cultivar 'Dyna' produces exceptionally large purple "bulbs" that are nevertheless sweet and tender, provided they are harvested immediately upon maturing.

Kohlrabi is a cool weather crop that prefers full sun and fertile, organic-rich garden soil with ample drainage. It should be sown in early spring before temperatures heat up, or in summer for fall harvest. In most of the United States, 'Dyna' works best as a fall crop. In tropical and subtropical regions, plant this distinctive vegetable in the fall and winter. Like most kohlrabi cultivars, 'Dyna' is ready for harvest in as few as 60 days, and may be eaten cooked or raw. The young leaves are good for stir-frying. This easy to grow brassica is a must for the veggie patch, and its unusual shape is appealing to children. As with all members of Brassica oleracea, it is essential to protect this crop from cabbage loopers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Native To

    Western Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Purple

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes