Phenomenal cauliflowers

Cast your mind forward to cooler weather in late autumn when roasts and soups will start to be on the menu.  Caulflower is a brilliant vegie to use in so many warming recipes and if you start sowing seed now, you’ll be eating home grown cauliflower in a few months time.

Yates Cauliflower Phenomenal Early is a popular, early maturing and easy to grow variety. It produces large, firm heads in 14 – 18 weeks. Here are the simple steps to growing your very own cauliflower:

  • In a vegie patch that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, mix some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil. This will help improve the structure and quality of the soil and encourage earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms.   
  • It’s best to sow cauliflower seeds in trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix and transplant the seedlings out into the vegie patch when they’re around 7 cm high.
  • Watch out for snails and slugs, which can damage or destroy cauliflower seedlings. Control snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem Snail & Slug Pellets.
  • To help grow big healthy cauliflowers, once the seedlings are established feed each week with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. Dilute 1 – 2 capfuls into a 9 L watering can and water over the plants and surrounding root zone.
  • As the white heads (called a ‘curd’) develop, fold the leaves over the top to prevent yellowing. 

Caterpillar control

‘Brassica’ vegies like cauliflower are adored by cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, which can rapidly devour leaves. A soon as caterpillars or their damage are noticed, spray cauliflower plants every 1 – 2 weeks with Yates Success Ultra, which is an insecticide that’s derived from beneficial soil bacteria.

 


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