Self-Blanching Cauliflower is a flavorful heirloom variety that produces 12-20 cm (5-8"), pure white-ivory heads. It is a cool weather biennial that is an early maturing, high quality cauliflower. It is known for vigorous, rapid growth and long harvest. It grows on 45-61 cm (18-24") sturdy plants. The curds are smooth, tasty, snow white and dense. Silvery-green leaves offer excellent protection as the leaves curl around heads protecting them from sun so there is no need to tie up the leaves around the heads. Cauliflower grows best at 15-24˚ C (60-75 ˚F). A higher temperature will impede head formation.
Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that can be grown in early spring or fall. Choose a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep, spaced 15-30cm (6-12”) apart in rows spaced 45-60cm (18-24”) apart. Keep soil evenly moist during the germination period, which typically takes 7-14 days. Thin seedlings to 30-45cm (12-18”) apart when they are 10-15cm (4-6”) tall. Cauliflower prefers soil that is slightly acidic with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting, and again 3-4 weeks after planting. Cauliflower can take 60-100 days to mature, depending on the variety. Regular watering and careful weeding are important throughout the growing season. Harvest cauliflower heads when they are fully formed, but before the curds start to separate. Blanching the heads by tying the outer leaves together over the head can help to maintain the color and flavor. After harvesting the main head, small side shoots may continue to develop and can be harvested later.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil pH: 6.0-7.0. Planting Depth: Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 30-60cm (12-24”) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-100 days. Watering: Regular watering to keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun exposure. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.