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I love growing Cauliflowers and I buy ready to plant packs from my local nursery and have great results with them. I have tried growing All the year round Cauliflower from seed but they grow slowly, form small heads then bolt before they are ready to eat. Can anyone offer any advice. What am I doing wrong.

KEF

TeddyP I've never heard of those. Will be interested to read what replies you get.

KEF

TeddyP I've never heard of those. Will be interested to read what replies you get. They must be hardy to grow in NE in winter.

I start the seed off in heat in mid January and again in march and the results are the same!

little-ann

hi teddy i have grown those, the first year was a disaster i tried again 2013 and had success with three out of ten i have some seed left so will try this year again


 

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Thanks Ann. What did you do different. When did you sow the seed etc...
BobTheGardener

I find cauliflowers to be rather fussy and some years they do really well and others not so.  I've tried that variety but found it's worth paying the extra for F1 varieties, especially if they have an RHS AGM symbol.  My tips are to never let them go short of water (otherwise they usually 'bolt') and to make sure they are planted deep (up to the bottom leaves) in really good moisture-retentive soil.  The little blighters need too much mollycoddling for my liking!

I've just sown 'snowball' in the greenhouse. Let's hope they are not so difficult to grow. 1st time for everything! Wish me luck.
little-ann

sorry cant remember when i sowed the seed (see new year resolution thread)

i remember planting very deep and firming in well the second time but didnt do anything else differant it was perhaps all the rain we had early summer

i always net my brassicas as soon as they are planted

i will let you know how i get on this year


 

Thanks for the tips all of you and good luck with your caulie's.
Little-Ann, that looks like a peaceful garden with a lovely backdrop.

If there's one bugbear with veg growing I find its caulis.

 

And I'm not alone

 

Even allotment gardener Terry Walton has trouble with. Usual problems-small heads and blackening I will keep going though.

Wish me luck, I sowed Mayflower F1 back in October in the greenhouse, and am about to plant them out. I only want small heads, so will plant them out a bit closer together than recommended. Have some 'All the year round' sown in February to plant out soon for comparison.

If they do get really big I shall make piccalilli.... 

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