If you’ve never tried growing cauliflower, let me warn you: It’s a challenge. Cauliflower (while delicious and nutritious) is known as a bit of a garden prima donna, and the reputation is well deserved since it is definitely one of the more difficult garden vegetables to grow. But if you’re ready to wrestle this Brassican beast into submission, great taste and nutrition await you!
|When to sow indoors||6 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||From last frost to early spring|
|Seed depth||1/2 – 1"|
|Germination soil temperature||75° – 80°F|
|Germination length||5 – 7 days|
|When to transplant||5 – 7weeks|
|Varieties||Graffiti (gorgeous, purple)
Amazing (easier to grow)
|pH range||5.5 – 7.5|
|Soil temperature for growing||60° – 70°F|
|Watering||Moderate and even; higher during critical watering periods.|
|Nutrient requirements||N = high
P = high
K = high
|Fertilizer schedule||Every 2 to 3 weeks; use nitrogen fixing cover crops.|
|When to harvest||When head is tight and developed but curd hasn't separated (becoming "ricey").|
Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing cauliflower.
Image thanks to Dan Meineck!