Cauliflower (fig. 25) is a hardy vegetable but it will not
withstand as much frost as cabbage. Too much warm weather keeps
cauliflower from heading. In the South, its culture is limited to
fall, winter, and spring; in the North, to spring and fall.
However, in some areas of high altitude and when conditions are
otherwise favorable, cauliflower culture is continuous throughout
Cauliflower is grown on all types of land from sands to clay
and peat. Although the physical character is unimportant, the land
must be fertile and well drained. Manure and commercial fertilizer
The time required for growing cauliflower plants is the same as
for cabbage. In the North, the main cause of failure with
cauliflower in the spring is delay in sowing the seed and setting
the plants. The fall crop must be planted at such a time that it
will come to the heading stage in cool weather.
A necessary precaution in cauliflower culture with all
varieties, except Purple Head, is to tie the leaves together when
the heads, or buttons, begin to form. This keeps the heads white.
Cauliflower does not keep long after the heads form; 1 or 2
dozen heads are enough for the average garden in one season.
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