Growing Cauliflower

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name:  Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Seed

 

Cauliflower

Planting time: SP,FA
Seeds per ounce: 9000
Ounces per square foot: 0.0001
Minimum legal germination rate: 75%
Germination type:

Short Germinating seeds

 

Notes
Cauliflower is a cool season vegetable and is the most difficult to grow than the others Brassica group. Though it's a cool-season vegetable, it doesn't tolerate weather that's too hot or too cold, PLUS it needs blanching, to retain its white color.

Cauliflower is in the Brassica genus as well as Broccoli, Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts.

 

 

Planting

     
In garden spacing (inches): 15  
In flat spacing (inches): 1  
Planting depth (inches): cover seed with soil
Maximum number of plants per square foot: .8
Nutrient relationship: Heavy Feeder
   

Harvest

 

Days to maturity: 56-84
Harvesting period (days): -
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 1
   
     

Cultural

Diseases:

Pythium Damping-Off - This disease commonly affects seeds and young transplants and is caused by the soil-borne fungus.

Downy Mildew - This disease is caused by the fungus Peronospora parasitica and can attack both seedlings and mature vegetable plants.

Alternaria Leaf Spot - This disease is caused by the fungus, Alternaria species, and occurs during warm, moist conditions.

Black Rot - Black rot is caused by a bacterium, Xanthomonas campestris pathovar campestris, and can affect all vegetables in the crucifer family.

Black Leg - The fungus, Phoma lingam, causes black leg.

Wirestem - The fungus, Rhizoctonia solani, causes wirestem.

Fusarium Yellows - Yellows or wilt is a much less important disease today due to the development of varieties resistant to the disease.

Viruses - There are several common viruses that can affect cole crops including Turnip mosaic virus and Cauliflower mosaic virus.

Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Army Cutworm, Bean Aphid, Cauliflower Curculio, Cauliflower Looper, Cauliflower Maggot, Cutworm, Flea Beetle, Garden Centipede, Green Peach Aphid, Pea Aphid, Spotted Cucumber Beetle
   

Varieties for Growing Cauliflower

'Snowball' - Gardeners have success with this variety.

 

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