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Cauliflowers are a popular subject for painters, potters and tapestry makers all over the world, and are no less charming in the potager garden. This Brassica is a heavy feeder and likes sweet soil; plant in soil that is rich in organic matter, adding dolomite lime as needed. Best grown as transplants: start seed indoors 8 weeks before transplanting into the garden (2 weeks prior to the last spring frost date or in early summer for fall harvest). Harvest Cauliflower while the buds are tightly closed, using a large sharp blade to cut it off at ground level. One of our favorite comfort foods is steamed Cauliflower lightly baked with a soul-warming, white cheese sauce with a healthy dose of freshly grated nutmeg. Yum. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.

Orange Sunset Cauliflower

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70-75 days. This magical French hybrid is buttery-yellow when raw and deeper apricot-orange once cooked. A bit creamier in texture than standard varieties, it's also more nutritious, with 25 times more Vitamin A and beta-carotene for a big immune system boost. Pick the heads young for the most intense color. Orange Sunset dislikes hot weather, so sow it and transplant it out in late summer for a late fall harvest. (F1.)

One packet of about 25 seeds
Catalog #1725
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Gardening Tips

Cauliflower Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
: 1⁄4" - 1/2"
Row Spacing: 18" - 24"
Plant Spacing: 12"
Days to Germination: 5-12 days
Germination Temperature: 70°-75°F

Cauliflower should be grown as transplants. Six to 8 weeks prior to setting outside, place a few seeds in 4" pots in sterile seed mix. Place pots in a warm spot with good air ventilation, strong sunlight and even moisture.When 3 true leaves emerge, move to individual containers, feeding lightly. Gradually accustom seedlings to the outdoors when the danger of heavy frost has passed. Plant out only after temperatures have reached 60°F, but before they have reached 80°F.

Cauliflower is a fairly heavy feeder: amend the soil by adding well-rotted manure and/or compost. Work in organic fertilizer under each transplant and water well. To protect the color of the Cauliflower head, fold over one of the big leaves or tie leaves together gently. Harvest Cauliflower using a sharp blade when head is fully colored and tight. Practice the usual rotation for the Brassica family.

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