Can I Grow Cauliflower?
Cauliflower is the most challenging member of the cabbage family to grow.
The secret is to water and feed the young plants to ensure constant
and fast growth during the cool season that cauliflower prefer.
Should I Grow Cauliflower Seeds Or Plants?
The cool-weather preference of cauliflower necessitates starting seeds
indoors 4 weeks before your last frost date. Cauliflower need plenty
of light as seedlings to prevent them from growing spindly and leggy.
How To Cultivate Cauliflower Plant
Set cauliflower transplants in the garden at 2-foot intervals in rows spaced
2 to 3 feet apart.
Cauliflower Growing Tips
Cauliflower heads must be shaded from the sun to maintain the pure white
color. Many cauliflower varieties have long curled leaves that grow
close to the head providing adequate shade. You can always tie up the
loose leaves to create your own shade. Use rubber bands instead of string
to allow for the expansion that comes with growing.
Cauliflower Insects & Diseases
Cauliflower is susceptible to the same pests and diseases as other members
of the cabbage family. To reduce the risks, avoid planting cabbage relatives
in the same spot 2 years in a row. Floating row covers protect against
Cauliflower Harvest Tips
The crop is ready to harvest when the heads reach the proper size for the
cauliflower variety you are growing. Generally that is when the flowerets
are tightly formed and dense. Simply cut the cauliflower head off the
main stem leaving about 2 inches of stem on the head. Use as soon as
Cauliflower Recipes & Storage
Cauliflower is a treat raw, especially good in veggie trays with a good
dipping sauce or dressing. Cooking brings out the true flavor of cauliflower;
try it stir-fried, sautéed, baked, steamed, boiled and even grilled.
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