Skywalker Organic Cauliflower Seed
Cauliflower prefers a well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter, a pH of 6.0–7.5 with consistent moisture throughout the growing season. Irrigate regularly for best results. Cauliflower does not do well in hot weather; the best success is with spring and fall crops.
EARLY SPRING CROP:
Use early and midseason varieties. Sow in 72-cell plug flats. Seedlings should be ready to transplant in 4–6 weeks. If possible, keep soil at least 70°F (21°C) until germination, and 60°F (16°C) thereafter. Transplant outdoors when seedlings are no older than 4–5 weeks old. Older plants tend to be stressed and do not perform as well as actively growing seedlings. Harden plants carefully by gradually increasing cold before transplanting out, 18" between plants and 24–36" between rows.
Start seedlings as above in May and transplant to the garden in June–July.
Successful cauliflower crops can be grown where winters are mild (temperatures rarely below 32°F (0°C)). Transplants can be set out from September to February in these regions.
Sow 3–4 seeds 18" apart, ½" deep, rows 24–36" apart, thinning to one plant in each group.
Contains 50 seeds.
Adhere strictly to a preventive program including: (1) long crop rotations with non-cruciferous crops, (2) clean starting mixes and outdoor seedbeds, and (3) strict sanitation practices.
INSECTS AND PESTS:
Repel flea beetles and root maggots on young seedlings by covering with floating row covers from day of planting. For cabbage worms and loopers, use bacillus thuringiensis (bt). cutworm prevention: cultivate soil 24 weeks before planting to work in cover crops and destroy weeds.
Exposure to the sun can cause white cauliflower heads to yellow. To prevent yellowing and promote better head quality in hot weather, follow this blanching technique: at the moment when small white heads are just visible through leaves, gather the outer leaves over the head and tie with string or a large rubber band to preserve white curd color. Another method is to crack the leaf midribs and fold them over the heads until completely covered. Be sure not to break the leaves, or they may blow away. Tied or covered heads may experience increased humidity and greater likelihood of contracting alternaria. As such, practice blanching only when necessary; not in the cool, shorter days of fall, or with colored varieties that need sunlight to achieve their full color.
Keep an eye on development, cutting heads when desired size is obtained but before the curds becomes loose, or "ricey."
Store at 32°F (0°C) and 95–98% relative humidity for 2–3 weeks.
Contains 50 seeds.