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Cauliflower is a member of the Cruciferous vegetables good in fiber and vitamins. It includes antioxidants and phytonutrients that help ward off cancer. In addition to this, it is rich in choline, which is crucial for brain function, as well as promoting weight loss and improving digestion. It is also excellent for mental health. The deep loamy soils are suitable for cauliflower-growing cauliflower with a pH range between 5.5 and 6.6, higher organic matter content and good drainage start as a loose head and takes time to shape completely. Many varieties require at least 75 to 85 days to mature after transplanting.
Benefits/Uses of Cauliflower
- Cauliflower is a good source of fiber and water. They both have many health benefits, such as avoiding constipation and helping maintain a balanced digestive system, as well as reducing the risk of cancer.
- It is highly effective at avoiding mutations and the accumulation of oxidative stress in cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Specifications of cauliflower seeds
6 hours of sun each day
Water deeply once a week
60-65 F(16-18 C) and no higher than 75 F (24 C)
Good soil that drains well
Liquid organic fertilizer at 1/2 strength every two weeks until harvest.
Peak season is spring and autumn.
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Planting and caring for cauliflower
Sowing cauliflower seeds
- Sow your seeds at a depth of half an inch (1.25 cm) in growing bags with fertile soil and thoroughly water them.
- Keep the mixture at a "moist, but not warm" consistency.
- Seeds are expected to germinate at or about 70°F (21°C) optimum temperatures within 6 days.
- Once the seeds have germinated, cover the soil with plastic wrap. The germination of cauliflower seed normally takes eight to ten days.
- Remove plastic and maintain the ground uniformly damp when the seedlings appear.
- Cauliflower performs best in direct sunshine, although it can also be grown in partly shaded areas.
- To help in getting better root growth, give the soil in the grow bag bed some additional space (3-to 4-inches) of friable compost mixed in with aged manure beforehand.
- Space vegetation should be 15 inches (38 cm) apart from one another if growing in a garden.
- Spaced 20 to 24 inches apart in rows in your garden will give your plants the best results.
- Keep seedlings warm for 2 to 3 weeks after planting and cover them with a cloche or a plastic tunnel.
- Keep the soil damp after planting; this will speed up development.
- Lightly fertilize with an organic fish emulsion; make sure to supply plenty of phosphorus and magnesium as well.
- When the heads are thick, rough, compact, and well-rounded, they're ready for the harvest.
- The heads can grow to a diameter of 6 to 8 inches.
- Carve off the plant tops with a big knife. Although you don't want to cut all the branches, be sure to leave some behind to keep them clean and protected.
Precautions while growing cauliflower
- Cauliflower doesn't like it when its development is hampered. Strictly maintain optimum spacing criteria.
- Even with normal rainfall, spray twice a week with 2 inches of water; this normally necessitates supplementary watering.
- After three to four weeks of development, side-dress the plants with a higher-nitrogen fertilizer.
Common Problems affecting cauliflower plants and solutions
During wet conditions in cool weather, the downy mildew fungus (Peronospora parasitica) grows on cauliflower plants. This fungus assaults the cauliflower plant, leading to white, fluffy masses on the base of the sheets, tongs and heads. As time goes by, the leaves become yellow, then the head of the cauliflower becomes brown and eventually, it produces brown spots. The plant can be treated for downy mildew by using fungicides.
Excessive exposure to the sun is not beneficial. As a consequence, raise and tie leaves over the rising heads. Plants grow to maturity in the cool, humid autumn weather.
Maintain an even moisture level in the cauliflower soil; do not cause it to dry out. If you add compost 2 to 3 days a week in the summer and 2 times a month in the winter, you will still have a well-balanced food supply of micronutrients. Cauliflower beds can be maintained using mulch to save water and keep them cooler than regular beds.
No. of Cauliflower Seeds - 50+
- Mix 10 grams of pseudomonas powder in water and make it as a loose paste.
- Add the seeds to the solution and soak it for 30 minutes.
- Take a seedling tray and fill it with our potting soil.
- Sow the seeds at 1/2 inch (small seeds) or 1 inch depth (big seeds) and water them using our watering can.(Rough watering or exposure to rain may dislocate the seeds and affect germination).
- The soil should be wet and it shouldn't get dry or soggy. Water when the top soil dries out.
- Place the seedling tray in a warm spot (15°C - 21°C) until germination (it will take 4 to 21 days).
- After germination seedlings need a lot of sunlight. Transfer the seedlings to the grow bags when they have 1 - 2 sets of true leaves.
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Very good quality. Good germination. Healthy seeds. Have purchased many vegetable seeds from seed2plant and all germinated.
Almost all the seeds have germinated.
Very happy with the purchase. Yet to see the yield.
Germination level good