Cauliflower Growing Information
Cauliflower Germination Information
How to Sow Cauliflower:
How to Grow Cauliflower: Transplanting:
- Best sown indoors, 5-7 weeks before planting out, at a temperature of 70-75°.
- Sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 8-10 days
- Seeds can also be sown outdoors 2 weeks before last spring frost or 31/2 months before first fall frost.
- Sow them in individual pots at a temperature of 70° and at the same depth as outdoors
- In Zones 8 and warmer, seeds can be sown in late summer for a winter crop.
- Outdoors, direct sow at the same depth as above and in rows 3 feet apart
- It is 30-80 days from sowing to harvesting.
Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Plant out 2 weeks before last spring frost. Spacing:
Space 18-24 inches apart in full sun Soil:
Site in a deep, rich, moist, well-drained soil. Feed with a low nitrogen fertilizer before planting out and again every 4 weeks. Additional Care:
Keep plants well watered and mulch to keep the soil cool and moist. It is a cool-season crop and will not form a head under hot or dry conditions. To blanch it white, tie the outer leaves over the heads when they are 2 inches across. Appearance and Use:
Grown for its heads of flower buds that come in colors of purple, green, or are blanched white. It grows 2- 21/2 feet tall and has large blue-green leaves. Harvest the 4-10 inch heads while the buds are still tight, in late spring or early summer. Cut them below the tree-like clusters and eat them fresh or can or freeze them.
About Cauliflower: Botanical name:
BRASSICA oleracea Pronunciation:
bras’i-kå o-ler-a’-se-å Lifecycle:
Brassicaceae; native to coastal Europe.