Cauliflower seed needs no prior treatment but soaking them overnight in lukewarm water will encourage germination.
All types of brassica grow best in moisture retaining soil that was well fertilised in the winter.
Cauliflower 'Amazing' - SeedBrassica oleracea 'Amazing'
You can so easily grow your own cauliflowers!
Cauliflower 'Amazing' (Brassica oleracea convar. Botrytis var. Botrytis) is a prolific variety that is easy to grow for every home-grower, whether in cool or warm weather. 'Amazing' wraps itself in its own leaves ensuring beautiful, white curds. Suitable for summer and autumn cultivation and resistant to adverse weather.Show more
How to SowSow indoors, February-April.
Sow in the garden, April-May.
Be aware than cauliflower seed will attract the birds - best is to sow in the cold-frame and only plant out when then seedlings are fairly large. Otherwise you will definitely need to somehow protect them from the birds.
Sow in 1 of 2 ways:
- In the cold-frame, in pots, from February-April. Fill the pots with good seeding compost and plant one seed per pot. Cover with a max. of 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. As the living room is too warm they do need to stand in the cold-frame. Do not allow them to dry out and give them plenty of space - the leaves of the individual plants should not be touching. Plant out from the end of April at 70 cm interval and with 70 cm between rows.
- Sow directly in the garden, preferably in full sun from April-May - the seedlings are quite frost resistant. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Draw a straight furrow and label the row. Sow thinly along the row (mix the seed with some dry sand) between thumb and forefinger. Cover to a depth of 1 cm, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Extra rows should be at 20 cm apart. When the seedlings have 4 leaves, thin out and transplant further up the row (or into pots). Do use something like a chicken wire tunnel over your seedlings or the birds will pull them up!
Show moreOnly water your cauliflower extra during dry periods but give lots of fertiliser throughout the season. Keep the bed weed-free and your cauliflowers will thrive.
These cauliflowers wrap themselves in their own leaves - we used to have to fold the top leaves over the head to keep it nice and white.
HarvestingHarvest from June-October.
When your cauliflower is almost fully grown, it is time to harvest. Using a sharp knife, cut the cauliflower free just under the head on the main stem. The whole plant can be dug up and discarded after harvest is over.
Your pet rabbit will thank you for both (discarded) cauliflower and the leaves.
Show moreCabbages and cauliflower all belong in the same family (Brassicaceae or Cruciferea). Although they may look different, genetically speaking they are all practically identical and in Latin these edibles get the name 'Brassica oleracea'. The different varieties have all been selected and continually hybridised for the past 5,000 years. Cauliflower falls under 'Brassica oleracea convar. botrytis var. botrytis' and differs from the similar looking broccoli - in that broccoli really does have little flowers in the head and cauliflower does not. The cauliflower is an annual.
There are many cultivars, there are early to late varieties and even varieties that can be sown throughout the year, there are varieties that can tolerate more or less cold. Keep to the advice of the sowing periods listed on the package because otherwise you run the risk of problems (rapid growers are often less hardy and are often not suitable in the frost period).
This variety of cauliflower - 'Amazing' - is self-covering and is a mid-early variety. It is not hardy and should be harvested before the first frosts.
How to useCauliflower is tastiest when fresh, but will certainly keep for several days in the fridge - even longer if you wrap it in cling film.
Traditionally, boil or steam when it is to be served with meat and potatoes, it also cooks deliciously in the wok for a curry dish with onion, paprika, chicken and rice.
Raw cauliflower chopped into loose rosettes is delectable too - great for dipping!