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Post  florenceq on 4/26/2011, 2:52 pm

I am wondering if it is time to give up on my cauliflower? I planted it around January 1 and it is big and beautiful but still has not produced. I just harvested my broccoli (planted at the same time) yesterday. It is starting to get warm here in So. California so I think I may have missed my opportunity. What do you guys think?

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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/26/2011, 3:50 pm

Are there any tiny heads at all? Do you really need the space yet? If not, give it a bit longer. I know the normal days to harvest is 60 - 75 days, but winter sowing takes a lot longer. If you just harvested your broccoli (days to harvest is similar to cauliflower) another couple of weeks won't hurt if you have the squares to spare. The worst that can happen is your cauliflower will not head. Your season is long enough you should still have plenty of time to put in summer crops in a couple of weeks.

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Post  florenceq on 4/26/2011, 6:48 pm

No sign of any little heads and we are starting to get up into the 80's here so I thought it might be a done deal. Do you think it may still produce?

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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/26/2011, 7:25 pm

If you can spare the squares, I would give it a bit longer. Once the heads do start, they mature quickly.

Any other gardeners in warmer regions want to comment?

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/26/2011, 9:49 pm

I am growing two squares this spring. My plants are finally starting to get big. However, I am not worried about heading for awhile.....but I'm not in SoCal, either.

I imagined it to be a long-term producer from the start, though. What would bolting look like in cauliflower? Wouldn't it have to head to bolt? Isn't the head like broccoli....the flower?

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Post  AZDYJ2K on 4/27/2011, 1:45 am

I started cauliflower and broccoli from seed back on Oct. 19, 2010 and we harvested the cauliflower in early March. I would say that it took at least 90 days before I first saw the head. The broccoli came in a bit faster but not by much. Like the other replies I would give it another 30 days if you can spare the space. Good luck.

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Post  florenceq on 4/27/2011, 1:30 pm

I had a little extra time this morning before work so of course I was out in the garden poking around and I am excited to announce I have a tiny little cauliflower head hiding down inside the gigantic leaves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I just need to be a little more patient like everyone was saying. Thanks for all your posts.

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Post  elliephant on 4/27/2011, 1:56 pm

@AZDYJ2K wrote:I started cauliflower and broccoli from seed back on Oct. 19, 2010 and we harvested the cauliflower in early March. I would say that it took at least 90 days before I first saw the head. The broccoli came in a bit faster but not by much. Like the other replies I would give it another 30 days if you can spare the space. Good luck.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I thought I was crazy and was mis-remembering my plant dates. I only got one cauliflower head (and it wasn't pretty) because we heated up so quickly this spring.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/27/2011, 2:28 pm

@florenceq wrote:I had a little extra time this morning before work so of course I was out in the garden poking around and I am excited to announce I have a tiny little cauliflower head hiding down inside the gigantic leaves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I just need to be a little more patient like everyone was saying. Thanks for all your posts.

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers
Now that you have heads, are you going to blanch the heads by wrapping leaves over them?

Our Master Gardener says it does not matter what color cauliflower you are growing, blanching helps them look nicer.

I don't know, the cabbage worms ate all my cauliflower last year.

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Post  AZDYJ2K on 4/27/2011, 3:38 pm

@elliephant wrote:
@AZDYJ2K wrote:I started cauliflower and broccoli from seed back on Oct. 19, 2010 and we harvested the cauliflower in early March. I would say that it took at least 90 days before I first saw the head. The broccoli came in a bit faster but not by much. Like the other replies I would give it another 30 days if you can spare the space. Good luck.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I thought I was crazy and was mis-remembering my plant dates. I only got one cauliflower head (and it wasn't pretty) because we heated up so quickly this spring.

Did you plant around the same time I did and did it take as long as mine to mature? It took about 4-5 months for the cauliflower to mature! Shocked

We moved during the time it was maturing and I transplanted it and it worked out fine. I kind of left it for a week or 2 and it started to bolt. It was strange, some of the florets started to rise above the others. At that point I should have left it to get some seeds. My head was also not very pretty and big.


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Post  elliephant on 4/27/2011, 3:44 pm

@AZDYJ2K wrote:

Did you plant around the same time I did and did it take as long as mine to mature? It took about 4-5 months for the cauliflower to mature! Shocked

We moved during the time it was maturing and I transplanted it and it worked out fine. I kind of left it for a week or 2 and it started to bolt. It was strange, some of the florets started to rise above the others. At that point I should have left it to get some seeds. My head was also not very pretty and big.

Yes, I did. Both broccoli and cauliflower. I eventually got broccoli from most of the plants, but only one cauliflower formed an ugly head before I decided to give up since we quickly moved into consistant 90s this spring. I had HUGE plants by the end.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/27/2011, 10:25 pm

An easy way to blanch cauliflower is to take a spring clothesepin, pull the leaves over the forming head, and pin the leaves together over it.

Its simple to open to see how big the head is getting.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/27/2011, 10:30 pm

I didn't know this helped. Can one of you go into more detail please?

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Post  WolfHeart on 4/27/2011, 10:35 pm

thanks for the info Quiltbea.

this is my first year gardening and I have a couple of cauliflower in the ground now....It is good to know that it takes so long to produce...

I guess my question is Why do you 'blanch' that head? never heard of this before.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/27/2011, 10:39 pm

You blanch the head if you want a really white head. If you don't the head isn't as white. That's the only difference I could find. I've grown them both ways and they taste the same.

Another thought when clothespinning the leaves, after a rain remove the clip and allow the head to dry before pulling the leaves around it again.

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