Growing Cauliflower

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S   T T              

(Best months for growing Cauliflower in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 24 - 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-22 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

Your comments and tips

15 Jun 20, Anonymous (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Google the questions - answers are there.
04 May 20, (USA - Zone 7b climate)
I am new to gardening and want to grow cauliflower in my raised bed garden, where can I get good seeds and when can I plant the seeds?
17 Sep 20, Daniel Stephens (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I buy my seeds at and both have great seeds and selection is very good
25 Mar 20, Graham (Australia - temperate climate)
From Melbourne is it to late to grow Cauliflowers from seed if planted today.
26 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
The info here is a guide, you have to look at your local conditions. If you plant now the crop will depend on whether you have a warmish or a cold winter. Approx 18-20+ weeks to grow, so won't be ready until near end of August. If the crop doesn't grow very good this year then you will know to plant earlier next year. OR just go and buy some seedlings then you have a better chance. Raising seedlings is a bit of an art especially the cabbage lettuce broccoli caulies etc.
30 Dec 19, Vikani Mkhize (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I see my cauliflower leaves becoming yellow. What must I do to boost the growth of the plant. It has been coming right with big leaves. Can I pick leaves for consumption
31 Dec 19, anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Depends how old the plants are.. If old probably a normal function. For your climate zone it says to plant from onwards. Your plants should only be about half grown if planted early Nov. High rainfall may cause the yellow. Look up the internet to see what you can do with caulie leaves to eat. You could put on some fertiliser but not too much as this will only produce lots of leaf and little/no caulie.
20 Mar 19, allan holmes (Australia - temperate climate)
how deep do you plant cauliflower seedlings
12 Feb 19, Linda (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I was wondering when you say to plant cauliflower in seed trays undercover in February, do you mean in a glass house, or under shade cloth? I live in Taradale, Victoria, which is temperate, but we get little rain and have had some really hot sunny days lately that have fried some of my crops. However, we get frosts here that are not like the surrounding areas, and have had things die overnight from that well before and after winter. I also read that cauliflower doesn't take well to transplanting. So would sowing seed direct in February, under shade cloth be okay? Also, Thanks I love this site and all your information Linda
12 Feb 19, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Read all the notes here about growing it. Doesn't like frosts - doesn't like hot days, doesn't like really rich soil. Caulies and cabbage take a lot of care to grow to the seedling stage.If growing seeds, need a good controlled environment - temperature and watering. Undercover means out of the sun and heat. You are starting them in hot/warm weather to transplant when the weather is a bit cooler and grow as the weather goes into winter. When you transplant it is best to have soil around the roots if possible, do it late in the afternoon and put some protection over them - shade for a week or so, water morning and night - only need a light watering. Little plants have small root system so need watering more often. Big plants - bigger watering less often. (Under cover also means protected from frosts- Liz)
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