If you loved our post on growing Zucchini, today you be excited to learn how to grow Cauliflower at home. Now you can enjoy a fresh, pesticide-free harvest, all year-round.
When you think of container gardening, small herbs are probably the first thing that comes to mind. Cauliflower, however, is a vegetable that is simple to grow in pots at home.
Cauliflower Health Benefits
via Dr. Josh Axe
Before you learn how to grow cauliflower, let’s look at the many health benefits on offer.
It is said to counteract cancer risk and fight inflammation. It also reduces brain disorders and heart disease.
Cauliflower aids in digestion and helps to balance hormones. It is also very good for weight loss.
Swap mashed potatoes with cauliflower and save lots of calories.
Growing Cauliflower At Home
When growing cauliflower at home, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind.
Cauliflower grows best in moderate climates. As a cold-season crop, it suits the 10-30 degrees Celcius range.
When cauliflower is almost fully grown, the temp ranges from 15-20c.
This is why most choose to plant their crop in the fall, having it set through the winter, and mature in the summer.
Cauliflower loves full sun in the 7-10 day germination period.
When it comes to soil, 50% organic compost and 50% regular garden soil are recommended.
Cauliflower requires regular watering. It’s important not to let it dry out. Be careful not to overwater your plants.
A good rule of thumb is to stick your finger into the soil, about an inch or two deep. If it feels dry, it’s time to grab your watering can.
Harvesting Your Cauliflower
Provided you are careful, they will be ready to harvest in 85-90 days.
When the head of the cauliflower is fully developed (6-12 inches in diameter), it’s ready to be blanched.
Blanching is a special process where you’ll place the leaves of the cauliflower over the head.
This allows the plant to tenderize. It also helps develop its flavor.
If this process is overlooked, your cauliflower can turn yellow.
After blanching, continue caring for the plants as normal.
Once harvested, it will last about a week in the fridge. It can be pickled or frozen for long-term storage.
How To Grow Cauliflower Video
via Urban Gardening
We are including this exceptional video tutorial from Urban Gardening.
It includes from seed to harvest and also progress updates. To watch, click Play above ^