Growing Organic Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a cool weather crop that matures in the early summer or in the fall.

Cauliflowers should be grown in full sun. You will get small heads if you grow in partial shade.

Needs well-drained rich soil.Ideal pH 6.0 to 6.8, but can tolerate pH as high as 7.4

Plant cauliflower transplants when they are six weeks old. For spring harvest, start plants indoors ten weeks before the last expected frost.

Set plants 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) apart; 2 to 3 feet (.61 to 1 m) between row

Keep evenly moist, but not wet or soggy.

Cauliflower plants are heavy feeders. Apply an all-purpose organic fertilizer every three weeks.

When the head reaches about 2 inches in diameter tie the outer leaves loosely over the head, or simply bend four or five of the large, outside leaves over the crown. Bend and tie a few more leaves the following week if the head needs more coverage as it expands. The head will reach harvestable size 2 to 14 days, depending upon the temperature, because cool weather may slow head development.

When cauliflower heads are full pick them before the curds begin to separate.

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