(Brassica oleracea) A rapid producer of 6"-8" snow-white heads. An easier to grow self blanching variety as the leaves will curl around the head to protect it from the sun.
This variety is well-adapted for a short season, making it a favorite for home and market growers.
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Sow seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before average last spring frost. Transplant when starts are 4-6 weeks old and have four to five true leaves. Older transplants are more likely to bolt. Wait until soil temperature is 50 F or above and danger of frost is past before transplanting.
Cauliflower requires consistently cool temperatures and uninterrupted growth to form a nice white head. Inconsistent temperature can cause it to prematurely "button"—form small button-size heads.
Soil needs be very rich in organic matter; add composted mature to the soil before planting. This will help to prevent the heads from "buttoning." For best growth, side-dress the plants with a nitrogen fertilizer.
When the heads are compact, white, and firm, then it is time to harvest them. Ideally, the heads will grow 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Cut the heads off the plant with a large knife. Be sure to leave some of the leaves around the head to keep it protected. If the heads are too small but have started to open up, they will not improve and should be harvested.