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Cauliflower Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Growing Cauliflower: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Edible vegetable
  • Life Span Annual
  • USDA Zones 3-10
  • Light Full sun
  • Water Steady and even
  • When to Plant Before first frost
  • Design Tip Interplant with edibles
  • Companions Rosemary, nasturtiums
  • Days to Mature 70-120

Cauliflower: A Field Guide

Unlike other members of the Brassica genus (broccoli, cabbage, kale), cauliflower needs pampering to flourish.

Cauliflower’s persnickety growing disposition requires cool temperatures and soil consistently moist and rich. When heads of Brassica oleracea var. botrytis are about the size of doorknobs, tie leaves over each for protection, called blanching. Cauliflower is typically a winter crop in mild climates, and growing zones with a cool spring can get a spring bounty as well.

Planting, Care & Design of Cauliflower

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