Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea, in the family Brassicaceae. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head (the white curd) is eaten. The cauliflower head is composed of a white inflorescence meristem. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds.
TIPS TO GROW CAULIFLOWER:
- Cauliflowers display bonhomie towards slightly acidic to neutral soil. Hence, loamy soil is considered the best for Cauliflowers.
- Compost should always be added to the soil.
- It demands the constant attention of the gardener. You need to plant the cauliflowers in a zone which receives generous sun beams and yet, they require a cool temperature.
- Too much of warmth is averse for cauliflowers as it may cause the white curd, or the floret to develop into small-sized “buttons”, causing them to lose their billowed appearance.
- It is judicious to grow cauliflowers from transplants, instead of seeds. The spacing between the transplants should be 18-24 inches apart.
- Cauliflowers can be grown from seeds too. In that case, it is imperative to plant them 4-5 weeks before the planting.
- Using starter fertilizer always remains a viable option.
- Cauliflowers need pampering. Ensure mulching to conserve the moisture of the soil.
- Cauliflowers can be harvested after a period of 7-12 days post-blanching.
- Always keep in mind that premature development of cauliflower can demolish the edible floret.
Cabbage (Brassica oleracea or variants) is a leafy green or purple biennial plant, grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads. They are closely related to other cole crops, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.
TIPS TO GROW CABBAGE:
- Cabbage, a hardy, cool weather vegetable, is fond of sandy and loamy soil.
- Cabbages can be grown indoors initially, 6-8 weeks before the last winter. They can then be transplanted 2-3 weeks before the upcoming winter period.
- In case you are transplanting, be careful about the weather. A cloudy weather is the perfect time for transplanting.
- Once you have transplanted, fertilize only after three weeks.
- Cabbages should be grown in a row, each row having a distance of 18-24 inches.
- The ideal time for harvesting cabbage is 70 days from transplanting. The indicators for harvesting are green colour, as well as hard and firm texture.
- Broccoli and cauliflower are not companion plants for your cabbage.
- Cabbage requires mulch to retain the soil moisture. It is advisable to water 1.5-2 inches of the cabbage every week, with a gardening can or a garden hose.
Have a great time growing cabbages and cauliflowers!
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