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Cauliflower

Cauliflower Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group

Cauliflowers are a difficult crop, but rewarding. They need a deep, rich soil; good moisture retention is essential for best results. Too much nitrogen can compromise the production of good curds. Start sowing in March and April, ideally using modules or seed trays to raise sturdy transplants. Late varieties are best sown in early October in modules and over wintered before planting out in mid-March. Allow at least 50cm between plants and protect with cloches or fleece at first. Hoe regularly and irrigate when curds start to form. Fold the leaves over the developing curds to prevent bright sunlight yellowing them. Cauliflowers will cross with all other Brassica olereacea.

English Winter

English Winter was once the basic hardy winter cauliflower. This ex commercial variety, introduced in 1896, was bred for May sowing, planting out at the end of July and harvesting the following May/June. We have very little information on this cauliflower so would love to know what you think of it.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Late Queen - Cauliflower

The commercial variety English Winter was once the basic hardy winter cauliflower. This strain was introduced in 1896 and was bred to be sown in May for planting out at the end of July and harvesting the following May/June. Suttons 1977 catalogue says, "dwarf and compact. Extremely hardy, rarely affected by frost and produces splendid white heads".

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Late Queen - Cauliflower

St George

This hardy old favourite was commercially available until only recently and is still in demand by many gardeners. A vigorous variety with a spreading habit, so give it lots of space! HSL Member Philip Rainford says, “Huge, football-sized curds, which are ready for cutting at the end of March from a May sowing. One cauliflower will provide several meals for two!” Ann Noden describes hers as “magnificent specimens!”.


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