How to cultivate Cauliflower
Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)
Cauliflower is an annual vegetable, member of the “cancer fighting” cruciferous family. Sulforaphane, found in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, has been shown to kill cancer stem cells, improve blood pressure and kidney function. Cauliflower is also antiflammatory and very rich in vitamins and minerals.
Professional cultivation of Cauliflower
Cauliflowers prefer areas with full sun. The best practice is to sow cauliflower seeds indoors (in discs) and then to transplant.
We need 10-15 oz. (300-400 grammars) of seeds per hectare. In hot areas, we sow cauliflower discs in mid-winter or early spring. We then transplant in the field in late winter or early spring. In cool areas, we sow cauliflower discs in late winter or early spring and transplant in late spring.
We leave a distance of 27-31 inches (70-80 cm.) between rows and 20-23 inches (50-60 cm.) between the plants. We irrigate regularly. We should take into consideration that the amount of water affects the size of the cauliflower head. We normally get an average crop yield of 30-40 tons per hectare. Most cauliflower varieties are ready to be harvested about 80-90 days from transplanting.
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