Early Snowball Cauliflower Seeds

Heirloom

#0279
This packet sows up to 120 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Enjoyed in the United States since 1888, and a favorite of gardeners for its early, high-quality, tightly packed heads. Excellent for serving raw, baked, broiled, or steamed, and freezes well for later use. Cauliflower grows well in a variety of climates, but needs cool temperatures for head formation.
$1.89 750 mg

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Days to Maturity: 95–100 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: Compact plants, 12"–24" tall and wide

Variety Information: Dense, white, 6"–7" diameter heads, weighing 2–3 pounds each, are composed of undeveloped flower buds commonly called curds that are attached to a central stalk. 'Early Snowball', also called 'Henderson's Early Snowball', is a compact plant with white heads introduced in 1888. It was selected from the German variety, 'Dwarf Erfurt'.

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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