Put a little excitement into your next veggie tray! This specialty collection features a wild assortment of colours and textures along with the great taste that these varieties are all known for. Collection includes 1 package each of Cheddar (orange), Steady (white), Veronica (green) and Graffiti (purple) Cauliflower.
Sowing rate: 40-50 seeds are required to seed a 50 foot row and 10,000-12,000 transplants are rqeuired for one acre.
Cheddar: A great tasting cauliflower with beautiful eye-catching colour and it’s good for you too. The orange colour of Cheddar comes from high levels of the health promoting compound beta-carotene. This fall cauliflower produces medium sized heads that do not require covering. Matures in 75 to 80 days from transplanting. Approx. 10 seeds/pkg.
Steady: This hybrid cauliflower variety is early and a consistent performer in many environments. The plants exhibit excellent internal wrap and produce heavy, dense, dome shaped heads. Matures in 70 days. Approx. 50 seeds/pkg.
Veronica: Great flavour and unique appearance. Perfect raw or cooked. This hybrid is a vigorous grower with beautiful lime green heads comprised of small pointed florets with a mild, sweet flavour. Best eaten when the heads are small. Remains green when cooked. Ideal for fall harvest. Maturity 85 days. Approx. 50 seeds/pkg.
Graffiti: A stunning hybrid cauliflower that is a must for any specialty market or dip tray with its intense shade of purple. Upright vigorous plants have good head protection. Tender texture and mild flavour is superb when eaten raw or cooked. Suited for the late season harvest. Maturity 80 days from transplanting. Approx 10 seeds/pkg.
Plant seeds 1⁄4-1⁄2 inches deep. Transplant or thin small plants to 15-18 inches apart in rows 32-36 inches apart. Transplants can be started in April for May planting. Transplant after 4-6 weeks. Use a starter fertilizer, soaking the root ball thoroughly prior to transplanting. Direct seed in late spring, as seedlings can tolerate a light frost. Cauliflower can be direct seeded up until mid-late June for a continuous harvest. Soil temperature should be 21-26 degrees C for optimal germination in 4-7 days.
Cauliflower prefers full sun, but will tolerate part shade. Prepare a rich, loose soil that holds moisture well and has pH level of 6.0-6.5. Cauliflower is a heavy feeder and will also benefit from applications of boron, calcium and magnesium, particularly during the early stages of growth.
As small heads form, break over or tie together some of the tall leaves to protect heads from sunburning. Cauliflower is ready for harvest when heads are firm and still tightly clustered and adequately sized.
10,000-12,000 transplants needed/acre.