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All About Cauliflower

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.
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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.
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CULTIVATION

Set cauliflower transplants in the garden at 2-foot intervals in rows spaced 2 to 3 feet apart.
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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.
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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 any pests.
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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 possible.
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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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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • When cutting a head of cabbage, don't be in a hurry to yank out the ""stump."" If you leave the lower leaves attached to the roots, you'll soon see multiple heads form around the top of the severed stem. Although the heads will not be as large as the initial head, you can often harvest four or five baseball-sized cabbages within a few weeks. Harvested young, these mini-cabbages are tender enough to grate raw for slaw or fresh salad.