Cauliflower is related to broccoli. Cauliflower is a healthy vegetable that you can grow in a pot or container. Compare to other vegetable plant cauliflower plant is not as easy to grow but it also doesn’t require a lot of space or sun. This healthy vegetable is a cold weather crop, meaning they cannot thrive in tropical climates, but rather in cooler, more temperate weather.
Planting cauliflower in early spring is the main trick to grow cauliflower. This healthy vegetable thrives in consistently cooler weather and full sun. You’ll also need to provide the cauliflower plant with rich soil and adequate nutrients.
Be wary of “buttoning”. This is when a cauliflower plant makes tiny button-sized heads, and this will happen when the cauliflower plant is under duress. This can either be from temperatures that are too extreme – either too hot or too cold. In addition, it can also mean poor soil quality or drought.
For a spring crop you can start the cauliflower seeds ten weeks before your last average frost date. For a fall crop you can start the cauliflower seeds twelve weeks before your average frost date.
You need to fill the plastic nursery pots with potting soil and leave about a half inch of space at the top.
You can place about four cauliflower seeds in the middle of each pot and then cover with soil.
Make sure you keep the soil moist, but not too wet.
Once seedlings have started you can easily place the pots in a sunny place such as a windowsill.
Once seedlings are about two inches tall you can thin to just one.
Make sure you keep the soil moist and in a sunny place until the seedlings are ready to be transplanted to a bigger pot.
Growing Cauliflower in a Pot or Container
Fill your containers or pots with potting soil and then leave about an inch at the top.
Make sure you gently and slowly remove your cauliflower seedlings from their nursery pots.
You have to make a hole in the middle of the pot where you’ll be transplanting your new cauliflower seedling.
Transplant the cauliflower seedling into the new container and then gently cover the roots.
You have to water the cauliflower plant just enough for the soil to be moist.
Make sure you feed the plants with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.
You can place the container outdoors 4 weeks before your last average frost date for a spring crop or 6 weeks before your first average frost date for a fall crop.
Cauliflower Plant Care
You can fertilize your cauliflower plant once every four weeks with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer. The soil need to be rich in organic matter.
Don’t allow the soil to dry out – make sure you keep it consistently moist.
Make sure that the cauliflower plants receive at least six hours of sunlight per day.
How to Harvest Cauliflower
Once your cauliflower has reaches the desired sized it means it is ready for harvest.
You can simply cut the cauliflower head at the base leaving the leaves. Pull the plant out and then compost the rest. You can plant again next season.