Cauliflower lovers rejoice! It is possible to learn how to grow Cauliflower in pots at home and enjoy a fresh harvest, 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 we learn how to grow Cauliflower, we’d like to share some of the many benefits this vegetable has for our health.
Cauliflower aids in digestion and also helps to balance hormones. It also is very good for weight loss and by simply swapping out your mashed potato for Cauliflower Mash, you will be amazed at the calories saved.
How To Grow Cauliflower In Pots At Home
When you’re considering growing your cauliflower indoors, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. We have outlined the important points below.
Cauliflower grows best in moderate climates and is a cold season crop. The ideal temperature is between 10-30 degrees Celsius. When cauliflower is almost fully grown, the ideal temperature ranges from 15-20C.
This is why most gardeners choose to plant their cauliflower crop in the fall, having it set through the winter and mature in the summer.
Cauliflower Pot Size
When it comes to choosing your pot you will need one that is at least 12 inches deep and 10 inches in diameter to fully accommodate your plant.
Another popular idea is to use a large storage bin and drill holes in the bottom. You should be able to grow two or three plants. A barrel will work well for this too.
Cauliflower Soil PH
Soil is always a consideration but the good news is that Cauliflower isn’t picky or tricky. All you need is a decent, moist potting soil. You can add in a bit of clay soil too. Ideally, the pH level should be around 6.5-6.8.
Since cauliflower grows best in moist soil, you want something that’s going to hold moisture for long periods.
Cauliflower Watering Tips
Your Cauliflower will require regular watering, especially if you’re growing it indoors while your heaters are on.
Be sure 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 that you take good care of your Cauliflower Plant, it will be ready to harvest in 3-4 months after starting it from seed.
When the head of the cauliflower is fully developed and around 6-12 inches in diameter (depending on the variety), it’s ready to be blanched.
Blanching is a special process where you’ll tie the leaves of the cauliflower over the head for about 7 days. This allows the plant to get nice and tender, and it also assists it to fully develop its flavor.
How To Grow Cauliflower In Pots Video
Once you’ve got your Cauliflower Plant growing, it’s important to take good care of it. You need to pay special attention to any telltale signs that may hamper its progress.
Christa from Christa’s Garden has some excellent tips to share and we highly recommend you view her video. Click play above to watch now ^
Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet
via Good To Be Home
This infographic from Good To Be Home shows you some great tips for keeping your container cauliflower happy. It also details other plants indoors or outdoors.
You can see quite a few plants that grow well indoors or on patios including cucumber, lettuce, carrots and more. Remember that cauliflower grows similarly to cabbages.
You can also see how much sun and water each plant needs and what grow well together. Be sure to Pin.