Snowball Y Cauliflower Seeds


This packet sows up to 120 feet.
2.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Flavorful, 6" snow-white heads in just 70 to 80 days means 'Snowball Y' is successful in short-season areas. The leaves naturally curl nicely around the heads providing self-blanching and protection from sun scald. Mature heads hold well in the garden, so they don't all have to be picked at once.
$2.49 750 mg (~180 seeds)

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Days to Maturity: 70–80 Days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–30" tall and 12" wide

Variety Information: White, tightly packed, 6"–6 ½" heads. 'Snowball Y' is self-blanching.

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, 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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Snowball Y Cauliflower Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Poor cauliflower

1 out of 5 stars Aug 30, 2020
I was so happy with all the seeds I received from Botanical Interests except for the cauliflower. No head formation. Just spiky sparse florets. I've had good luck with other cauliflower seeds in the past but not these.
Susan Freund from MT
Owner Response: Hi Susan, Thank you for sharing your experience. This sounds like either "buttoning" or pest damage. If a pest damages the growing tip of the plant it can cause side shoots to developed rather than a large head and damage doesn't even have to be visible. Buttoning occurs when small plants are exposed to cold temperatures and you get small button heads rather than an initial large head you would expect on broccoli or cauliflower. Growing cauliflower can be easier in later summer/fall when the weather is more reliable. I hope that helps. Happy gardening!

No cauliflower heads developed

1 out of 5 stars Mar 21, 2021
I had the same experience as the previous reviewer. The seeds germinated just fine in the raised beds but never developed heads. I tried in the spring and late summer. I will try again starting it indoors to use up the seed and see if it's successful this time.
Amy Erdman from MD
Owner Response: Hi Amy, We are sorry you didn't get heads on this tried and true cauliflower. In addition to the comments on the other review you can find more tips in the Cauliflower: Sow and Grow Article linked in the "Learn More" tab on this page. Environmental conditions are everything when growing cauliflower so sometimes this is out of our hands and not a seed issue, but that article gives good advice for best practices. Happy gardening!

Awesome tasting cauliflower!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 4, 2022
I started these in my Aerogarden. I have to admit I got the broccoli and cauliflower mixed up but transplanted into our garden in late june (due to the late cold snap in Colorado) we ended up with a huge bumper crop of cauliflower--but no broccoli!(they kinda look the same before they fruit/flower w/e) Each head we ate was delicious--but then the deer/elk found our raised bed and ate all of them. I am trying some late--but trying-- because these germinated so well and were the best cauliflower I have grown or honestly ever eaten.
Laurie from CO

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