How to Grow Cauliflowers in Pots or Containers

Sensitive as they are, cauliflowers can also be grown in pots and containers.  It’s even easier than when they are planted outdoors as pests can easily be spotted and controlled.

They can also be moved in another area if you think they are placed in too sunny a spot without having to uproot them.

So, what are the steps in growing this beautiful vegetable in a pot?

First, you will need a few things to make this happen.  They are:  gardening gravel, organic potting soil mixture with a pH of 6 to 7, 12-inch containers with drainage holes, biodegradable pots and plastic wrap which will both be used during the germination period, and of course, cauliflower seeds.

Since you intend to keep your cauliflowers indoors, you can start sowing seeds whenever you feel up to it.  Fill your biodegradable pots with the organic soil mix and water it to make it compact.  Then, put these pots into your plastic container.

Sprinkle a few seeds in each pot and cover them with ¼ inch of dry potting soil.  To hasten the germination of the seeds, cover the pots with plastic wrap.  You should see the beginnings of green sprouting from the soil within a few weeks.  When this happens, remove the plastic wraps.

The seedlings need to be thinned when they reach a height of around two inches.  In fact, it is better to leave only the strongest seedling in the pot.

Transfer your plant to a 12-inch pot so it can have enough space to grow.  But before you do, make sure to cover the bottom of the container with at least two inches of garden gravel.  This would ensure proper drainage in case you water your plant too much.

Next, add potting soil on top of the gravel and water it to make it compact.  You can then transplant your cauliflower seedling that is planted in the biodegradable pot into the large container.  When the cauliflower plant matures, its roots would grow out from the biodegradable pot and establish in the large container.

Care for your cauliflower as you would when it is outdoors and make sure you care for it consistently.  Water the plant thoroughly especially during dry spells.  Remember not to use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen as this would cause the plant to grow more leaves.

You can also keep the head white if you wrap it while it is forming – a good way to protect it either from sun damage or the cold of winter.

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