Growing Cauliflower Plants
From the garden to the kitchen
Growing Cauliflower Plants simple steps
Growing Cauliflowers is not hard at all, all it takes is some know how and you will be on your way to harvesting your very own homegrown cauliflower. Nothing gives the home gardener more delight than to eat those fruits herbs and veggies that they grew themselves.
This was my experience on many occasions as I labored in my garden on a daily basis and watched as those seeds sprouted, grew, produced flowers and gave me a harvest which said to me that the time was well invested as I ate and enjoyed the fruits of my labor.
We will be discussing and looking at steps that are involved in growing cauliflower successfully.
Growing cauliflower plants
1. When planting Cauliflower select an area that gets 6 hours of sunlight. Make sure and use organic-rich soil.
2. Cauliflower is a cold season plant so it is good to plant in winter, early spring or fall.
3. When planting you can also install in raised beds. Each seedling should be spaced about 16-24 inches apart.
4. The Soil PH of cauliflower should be anywhere from 6.5-6.8 for healthy growth.
6. Adding an organic fertilizer is a must to help in yielding a good crop.
7. Many varieties of cauliflower take at least from 74-86 days before harvesting.
8. When the head or the white part of the cauliflower becomes 2-3 inches in size with rubber bands tie the outer leaves over the head of the plant to protect from sun scorching.
9. Cauliflower will be ready to harvest in a week or two after the blanching process. Harvest cauliflower with the head is full, don’t leave off harvesting until the head splits.
How to harvest cauliflowers
Harvest cauliflower when the head is white and firm, Cut the cauliflower head from the main stem. Some outer leaves should be left to provide protection for the head.
The main pest problem of cauliflower is cabbage worms that hide inside of the cauliflowers head. To control these worms it is best to use an organic insect control spray such as Neem oil or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT).
The moth that is a white butterfly lays its eggs on the underside of the leaves, they may lay as much as 200 tiny yellow eggs. These eggs hatch in about 7 days.
The larva feeds heavily for about 2 weeks then pupates introducing a new generation.
Remember before using chemicals read the label and follow as directed because the label is law.
Growing cauliflower is so amazing and simple and the good part is, as a home gardener you will be giving nature a helping hand as you watch your cauliflower mature and enjoy the fruits of your labor.