Growing Mini Cauliflower

Latest Update 19th January 2019.

Mini Cauliflower
  • I grow mini Cauliflowers, because the head is a great size for 2 people.
  • It is firm, pure white and has excellent taste.
  • However, the rest of the plant is almost as bulky as a full sized cauliflower, and they tend to dominate a Garden Ecobed, so I usually only grow 2 at a time.
Details.
  • Binomial Name:                                        Brassica oleracea.
  • Family:                                                    Brassiaceae.
  • Variety:                                                    Mini Cauliflower.
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Heavy feeders. 
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.
  • Minimum sun per day:                               4 hours.
  • Plant spacings: centres:                            750 mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     18 weeks.
  • Good companions:                                    Bean, tansy, nasturtium.
  • Bad companions:                                     Strawberry.
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate.
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. 
  • It is a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese.
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
Maintaining Ecobed Productivity. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • Multi-sow a few cauliflower seeds in a mini pot and water them by placing the pots in 15mm of dilute seaweed extract in a small plastic tray.  Sink the pot up to its rim in compost in an EcoPropagator.
  • Once they have reached 4th leaf stage, transplant the 2 strongest seedlings individually into small fibre pots, soak them in dilute seaweed extract again and return them to the propagator.
  • Plant them out when ready into a prepared Ecobed using a large dibber.
  • Plant the pots deep into the soil and water in well with dilute seaweed extract.
  • Earth up the stems as the cauliflowers grow. 
  • Protect them from excessive sun in high summer using shadecloth.
Harvesting and Storage. 
  • Cauliflowers should be harvested when they have reached a mature size, and before the flower buds open.
  • Cut the stalks at ground level when harvesting them and leave the roots to decompose in the ground.
  • I don't usually store cauliflowers, but they could be blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water, dried and packed in resealable bags in the freezer.
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