|68 Days to Maturity .Open Pollinated Self Blanche Cauliflowers have pure white heads that are very uniform, weighing 3-4 lbs. Does cauliflower have to be blanched? Technically, no. Blanching has nothing to do with head development or nutritional content. However, if you don’t, the curds will be greenish-brown rather than white and the flavor will be stronger, almost bitter. But since this is one of the more difficult garden vegetables to grow well, why wouldn’t you take the extra step of blanching cauliflower to add to the pleasure of harvesting a perfectly formed, sweet tasting head? 100 seeds per package.|
Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Cauliflower Seeds - Brassica oleracea
50-85 Days to Harvest Cauliflower is a little finicky however not difficult. One important thing to remember is that any insult to the plant will send the Cauliflower into a pout. Maybe resulting in a thumb sized button-head fruit or maybe none at all. By keeping this in mind just keep the seedlings growing in a steady pattern.
USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date
The trick to growing great cauliflower instead of damaged cauliflower is to have consistently cool temperatures.
Any stress tips the balance toward premature heading, or “buttoning,” when the plant makes tiny button-sized heads. This can happen when it’s too hot or too cold.
Cauliflower are like most vegetables that need at least 6 hours of full sun each day; more is better. It need are fertile, well-drained, moist soil with plenty of rich organic matter. The soil pH should be between 6.5 and 6.8 to avoid discourage club root disease and for optimum growth. Good fertilizers would be to add nitrogen-rich amendments such as blood meal, or a composted manure to the soil. You can also apply a timed-release vegetable food such as 14-14-14 according to label directions. However make sure that you work the fertilizer into the soil thoroughly before planting. If you want a jump start boost you can use liquid starter fertilizer such as fish emulsion or 20-20-20 at planting. Make sure to follow the directions and dilute according to label. You should fertilize plants again with a liquid fertilizer such as fish emulsion or 20-20-20 soon after they begin to develop their new leaves and again when they start forming their heads.
To be sure about pH, test the soil with a pH meter. Apply fertilizer and lime using the results of the soil test as a guide.
To Measure Soil pH
It is recommended that you use a relatively inexpensive, and follow the manufacturers instructions when testing the pH Level of your Gardens soil. To raise or lower the pH level in the soil either Limestone or Sulfur is utilized. Other materials will accomplish the same results; however the two that are listed are the most commonly used.
Limestone is added to the soil to raise the pH level because limestone is essentially calcium and calcium reacts with water in the soil to yield hydroxyl ions .. a process known as, hydrolysis = thus the pH level in the soil is raised.
Sulfur reacts with bacteria in the soil and produces sulfuric acid, which releases hydrogen ions thus causing the soil to become more acidic =the pH level is lowered.
Application Of Lime (To Raise Soil pH)
To increase your pH by 1.0 point and make your soil more alkaline.
Application of Sulfur (To Lower Soil pH)
If your soil needs to be more acidic, sulfur will lower the pH if it is available.
To reduce the soil pH by 1.0 point
Remember, Cauliflower plants need an even moisture supply to avoid stress. And stress causes ugly plants. Another tip for keeping the heads white would be when the cauliflower heads are at least 2 inches wide, you may want to pull the leaves up over the little head and close them with a clothespin or something that will keep it closed. This will shade the head and ensure it will be whiter and tender at harvest, the term is (called blanching). Most Cauliflowers are suppose to self blanch in which the leaves naturally curl over the head, but do watch them as they often need the help of someone to help this process out. Usually the heads will be ready in about a week or so after you tie up the leaves. It is important to leave the heads to grow as long as it can stay compact and try to keep it so it can grow to 5-6 inches in diameter. If however the head begins to open up or separate in any way, cut it from the plant at the base of the neck no matter how small it is because at this point it will only decline in quality. You can keep the head in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.