An incredibly versatile vegie, cauliflower can be grown and harvested to make a cheesy cauliflower bake, mashed cauliflower (the kids won’t know the difference!) or low-carb cauliflower ‘rice’. Give it the right growing conditions from the start and you’ll be rewarded with an abundant crop!

How to grow cauliflower in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Add a little Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid if soil is acidic.  
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.  Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting.
  4. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 30 to 40cm apart. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as sugar cane or pea straw and water in well.
  5. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development and a fruitful crop.


How to grow cauliflower in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least 300mm wide and 300mm deep. Position in full sun and protect from strong winds.  
  2. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. 
  4. Once the seedlings emerge, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.

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Growing tips

  • To help reduce soil borne diseases, avoid planting cauliflowers in a garden bed where you have grown cauliflowers, broccoli or cabbages in the last 2 years. 

  • Cauliflower grows best in soil that is fertile and soft, so ensure you enrich your soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser prior to planting. 

  • The head or curd of the cauliflower (the white flowering head) can also get sunburnt, just like you and I. You can protect it from the sun and help keep it white by covering the top with 1 or 2 cauliflower leaves.

  • Regular watering will help the development of the head. Additionally, planting earlier in the season (particularly in warmer climates) will give it enough time to mature before the hot weather. 

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