50 Seeds per pack
(Brassica oleracea) 85 days. Violetta Italia Heirloom Open Pollinated Cauliflower are large vigorous plants that produce large purple heads that blanch to green when cooked. Violetta Italia Cauliflower has a mild broccoli like flavor, attractive and easy to grow.
Planting Instructions for Violetta Italia Cauliflower Seeds
Violetta Italia cauliflower is a biennial, frost tolerant plant, that requires deeply-tilled, firm, fertile soil for good head or “curd” formation. Start heirloom cauliflower plants indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Plant cauliflower seeds ¼ – ½” deep. Germination occurs in 5-17 days in soil 55-75°F. Keep seedlings moist. “Harden-off” and then transplant outdoors into prepared bed two weeks before the last frost. Set Violetta Italia cauliflower plants out in full sun, 12-24″ apart, in rows 18-36″ apart. To keep head white, tie a few inner leaves over curd if plant does not curl leaves in on it’s own (make sure head and foliage are not wet when doing so; if wet, can cause rot). Harvest when heads are firm and full sized for variety, and before sections start to separate. Cut a few wrapper leaves with head. Heirloom Cauliflower plants will keep up to a few weeks if you pull up the plant, and hang it upside down in a cool place, misting regularly with water.