An elaborate work of art and famous for its eye-catching spiral consisting of bright purple florets. Requires a little more care than cabbage, but well worth any extra effort. An Italian heirloom that was originally only found around Rome.
Companion Planting for Cauliflower
In the vegetable garden there are several plants that grow well with this cauliflower. These include bush beans, cucumber, lettuce, potato, radishes and shallots. Annual and perennial flowers that thrive with cauliflower include plants like marigold and nasturtiums.
Planting: Plant in mid-late Spring. When planting out space about 2 1/2 – 3ft in each direction. Large plants that grow to about 3ft. Rich organic soils are preferred, as is good drainage. Soil needs to be kept moist until germination.
Watering: Needs frequent watering.
Fertilizer: Prior to planting, add an organic fertilizer to the soil. A heavy feeder; continue feeding throughout the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer.
Days to Maturity: 75-85 days. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
Size: 8-12″ wide and can be planted in rows 24-30″ apart.
Harvesting: Harvest heads when they are well shaped. If left longer or when weather warms, will sprout rapidly. Also possibility of disease. Cut off heads at base with a sharp knife. Harvest in the morning if possible.
Tips: Disease resistant. Grows well in containers. Sweet robust flavor. Can be eaten raw, steamed or stir-fry. Boiling will reduce crispiness. Will store in refrigerator up to 1 week.