Chef's Choice Blend Cauliflower

Heirloom

#0189
This packet sows up to 85 feet.
Availability: In Stock
This colorful mix of three varieties gives you a long harvest period from 75 to 120 days. 'Early Snowball', an heirloom variety from 1888, has tight white heads on dwarf plants; 'Cauliflower of Macerata' is a green, Italian heirloom; 'Sicilian Purple' is also an Italian heirloom with bright purple heads and mild flavor. Healthful nutrients give it the purple color, which turns green when cooked. We recommend a late summer planting for fall harvest for best results.
$1.89 500 mg

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Days to Maturity: 75–120 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 12"–24" tall and wide

Variety Information: Compact heads averaging about 6" in diameter and 2–3 pounds composed of undeveloped flower buds; the flowers are attached to a central stalk. 'Early Snowball' is a dwarf plant with compact white heads. 'Cauliflower of Macerata' is a vigorous grower with green heads. 'Sicilian Purple' has bright purple heads, is more pest resistance, and is hardier and easier to grow than other varieties.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: Not recommended. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, or 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In Mild Climates, sow in early fall for winter harvest.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside after your average last frost date, or 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In mild climates, sow in fall for harvest in late winter and early spring. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–85°F, with cooler (60°F) growing temperatures thereafter.

Days to Emerge: 8–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"

Harvesting: Harvest heads in the morning, if possible, and when buds are tight. Cut stalk below the head. Dunk heads in ice water to reduce any "field heat" and increase storage time. Allow to drain before storing.

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