Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I would definitely consider cauliflower to be one of the more challenging veggies to grow in the home garden. Admittedly, I've yet to master it to the point where I can get consistent results. During my first year, I grew several heirloom varieties, none of which produced useful heads. This year, I switched to a hybrid called 'Snow Crown' and the results have been more promising.
In my experience, cauliflower plants are more prone to sudden death and less consistent in their growth habit than broccoli. Out of the six I planted last Spring, only three went on to produce heads. My fall crop is doing somewhat better. Of the eight I transplanted back in August, two are softball-sized at the moment, three are golf ball-sized and the remaining two are showing no signs of heading up at all. Not bad I guess.
Hopefully the good weather won't leave us too soon. If it holds up, we'll be eating fall cauliflower in the coming weeks.