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Cauliflower

cauliflower

Plant cauliflower 2-3 weeks before your last frost date. Cauliflower is a cool weather crop. We recommend purchasing transplants from a nursery. Fill the 13 inch round container with soil to 5 inches below the rim of the container. Remove the transplant from the container it comes in even if it is peat. This allows the roots to expand. Be careful not to damage any of the roots and place in the middle of the container making sure all roots are covered with soil. Do not cover the stem with soil.

Cauliflower is picky and needs consistent growing conditions. If the plant becomes stressed this is called ‘buttoning” and the heads will not develop properly. They like uniform moisture and will not grow well if planted too early in the spring.

Harvest once the head has fully developed. If the florets of the plant have opened or the head has started to turn color you have waited too long. Simply cut the head off the stalk with a sharp knife. Store harvested cauliflower in the crisper compartment in your refrigerator. The heads will last up to 3 weeks.

Matures in 65 to 75 days