No less than a fortnight after sowing my green magic broccoli and all year round cauliflower seeds – they’d sprouted!
Seeing fresh seedlings is such a great sight and I could see that I run the risk of these seedlings going leggy. Seedlings go leggy after the plant grows to find as much light possible. As it tries to get closer and closer to the light, the plant becomes floppy and will struggle to support itself.
I usually like to wait until the seedlings have two sets of leaves on them before I transplant them into individual pots – but I thought, on this occasion, it won’t hurt to give them a little more room.
Transplanting seedlings, you just have to be really gently and avoid handling the seedlings by the stem.
- Fill a pot with multi-purpose compost or potting compost and water, transplanting the seedlings into moist environment encourages root growth.
- Make a hole in the centre of the pot – using a tea spoon or a dibber gently prise out the seedlings from the cells making sure you take lots of the root ball with it.
- Plant the seedlings into the pot covering the base of the plant as much as you can.
And that’s all there is to it really.
Be sure to keep your seedlings watered and harden them off before you plant them outside.
Last year I didn’t grow any cauliflower and if I’m honest, I kind of regretted it. You really notice the difference between homegrown cauliflower and cauliflower bought from the shops. The variety I’ve chosen to grow is Cauliflower ‘All The Year Round’ which, as it name suggests, is a type of cauliflower that you can grow… All the year round.
I’ve grown Cauliflower ‘All The Year Round’ before and I was pleasantly impressed with the results, they were low maintenance, produced fantastic crops and were frozen without losing any of it’s flavour or texture.
The packet suggests that I can plant these seeds straight into the ground, but I’ve decided that as it’s still a little bit nippy outside, I’m starting these off inside of the cold frame. I’ve averages around four plants per cell and will look to thin these out when the seedlings start to poke through.
These seeds don’t look that much different from broccoli seeds, so a word of advice – be sure to properly label your trays otherwise you mind find yourself getting a little bit mixed up.
Cauliflowers have a history going back thousands of year. It’s believed they originated from southern Europe and after breeding by growers over several hundred years, the cauliflower as we know it today came to be in the 15th Century.
Cauliflowers were given the name Brassica oleracea by botanists and growers and is a mix of different words. The
The word Brassica comes from the Celtic ‘bresic’. Oleracea refers to a vegetable garden herb used in the kitchen. The name cauliflower comes from the Latin ‘caulis’ , translating to ‘stem’ or ‘cabbage’, and the Latin flos meaning ‘flower’.
Let’s face it, you can’t beat a bit of cauliflower cheese with your roast – but that said, there’s a lot of recipes out that I’d love to try for myself.
How do you like to cook your cauliflower? Leave a comment and let me know 🙂 .