Are Cauliflowers Hard to Grow?

You love the taste of cauliflowers and may be planning to grow it in your backyard.  But you have to know that growing it is not as easy as eating it.

Among the members of the cruciferous family where cauliflower belongs, this pretty vegetable is the trickiest to grow.

One, although cauliflowers are cool season, they are very sensitive to extreme temperatures.  They cannot really tolerate weather that’s too cold or too hot.

Not only that, they also do not appreciate any sudden changes in temperatures and drought.  Spring seedlings especially are not very frost-hardy and won’t survive when stressed during transplanting; mature cauliflowers when exposed to these unwanted conditions have a tendency to bolt.

They are also very picky when it comes to the soil they are planted in – even veteran gardeners and growers have become frustrated because of this.

Because of this sensitivity, early varieties should be used for spring plantings and fall plantings must be timed so it can be harvested right before the first frost sets in.

Good thing new breeds are less sensitive.  They can be grown with relative ease either by seasoned gardeners or newbies.

Begin by planting cauliflowers 18 inches apart in soil that is neutral to mildly acidic.  Being a hungry crop, make sure to add a high-nitrogen fertilizer to the soil every month or whenever you notice they are growing too slowly.

Also make sure to water evenly and to avoid sporadic watering as this may cause the plant to form small heads.