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Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Cauliflowers can be tricky to grow. They need the same firm soils that the rest of the brassicas crave, manured for the previous crop - preferably a legume. However, they also need a constant supply of water. Any check to growth results in small buttons rather than true heads. That said, sow a the right varieties successionally and you can be eating their gorgeous creamy curds for at least nine months of the year.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyprefer
pH6.5 - 8.0
Manure
Previous cropprefer
Previous autumnok
Before plantingdislike
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Summer early

sow indoors sow indoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in heat. Thin to 8cm between seedlings.


plant plant

Between plants: 60cm
Between rows: 60cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Use proprietory or home-made cabbage collars to protect against cabbage root fly. For mini-caluiflower plant 15cm apart between rows and plants. When the head first appears, fold a leaf over it to keep it clean and protect from the sun.


harvest harvest

Harvest in the morning if frost allows. Cut with the leaves still in place until ready to eat or lift the whole plant and hang in a frost-free shed.


Summer

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills in a well-prepared seed bed. Thin to 8cm between seedlings.


sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills in a well-prepared seed bed. Thin to 8cm between seedlings.


plant plant

Between plants: 60cm
Between rows: 60cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Use proprietory or home-made cabbage collars to protect against cabbage root fly. For mini-caluiflower plant 15cm apart between rows and plants. When the head first appears, fold a leaf over it to keep it clean and protect from the sun.


harvest harvest

Harvest in the morning if frost allows. Cut with the leaves still in place until ready to eat or lift the whole plant and hang in a frost-free shed.


Autumn

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills in a well-prepared seed bed. Thin to 8cm between seedlings.


plant plant

Between plants: 60cm
Between rows: 60cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Use proprietory or home-made cabbage collars to protect against cabbage root fly. For mini-caluiflower plant 15cm apart between rows and plants. When the head first appears, fold a leaf over it to keep it clean and protect from the sun.


harvest harvest

Harvest in the morning if frost allows. Cut with the leaves still in place until ready to eat or lift the whole plant and hang in a frost-free shed.


Winter

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills in a well-prepared seed bed. Thin to 8cm between seedlings.


plant plant

Between plants: 75cm
Between rows: 75cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Use proprietory or home-made cabbage collars to protect against cabbage root fly. When the head first appears, fold a leaf over it to keep it clean and protect from the sun.


harvest harvest

Harvest in the morning if frost allows. Cut with the leaves still in place until ready to eat or lift the whole plant and hang in a frost-free shed.


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