Cauliflower
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. botrytis
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Category:

Vegetables

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lawndale, California

Jacksonville, Illinois

Austin, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 30, 2010, sketchkat06 from Lawndale, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This needs a good amount of space. In my container garden it was able to mature to a decent size but it took a long time. Also prone to aphids which kept attacking the forming heads :/ Caterpillars went after the leaves but didn't damage it much, it can handle them well.

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On Nov 6, 2002, Baa wrote:

A cabbage relative that produces tasty curds. It wasn't well known in Europe, except for Italy, until the 1500's, they are thought to originate from Persia and Asia Minor.

Cauliflowers are not particularly easy to grow well. They require a deep, fertile soil that is well drained but doesn't dry out too much in full sun. They can also be sensitive to soil pH. the optimum being about 6.5 and are heavy feeders.

The great thing about Caulis is that you can grow 3 crops a year so you don't get a big glut and then nothing for the rest of the year.

Please bear in mind I'm writing from the UK (USDA zones 7a-9a), you may need to check up on the months you can sow these varieties in your region.

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