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Cauliflower Help

Posted by worldgirl84 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 20, 11 at 11:39

So this is my first year planting cauliflower seeds. I found some that grow to about 2 to 4 lbs each when mature. I planted 20 seeds and got three up. The three that are up are doing very well. I had the same problem with cabbage and found out that the soil needs extra phosphorus for cabbage is it the same for cauliflower? What has been everyone else's germination rate with cauliflower?

I'm going to plant some extras this week to see now that it has cooled off outside if it does better.


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RE: Cauliflower Help

Since no one has answered this I'll just ask a couple of questions. Firstly, is this the right time of year to sow cauliflower in your zone and have you chosen a variety designed for autumn sowing? Secondly are you sowing straight into the ground? If so are you watching for slugs etc? All brassicas usually have very high germination rates and 3 out of 20 is not a good yield. I'd suspect something going fairly wrong somewhere. Before worrying about phosphorus I'd check I was growing suitable varieties for my climate at the correct season of the year. Germination shouldn't really be affected by minerals - only subsequent growth.


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RE: Cauliflower Help

GERMINATION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE.....LIGHTLY COVER SEED SOIL TEMP 70F FOR GERMINATION. TAKES 7-14 DAYS TO GERMINATE.
& YES GERMINATION RATE IS USUALLY HIGH 99% OR SO.


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