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How Many Cauliflower Can You Get Per Plant?

Usually, I love to appreciate the look of plants and some of the vegetables like Romanesco which derives from the cauliflower family and has a satisfying good look but the final product has no doubt at all.

I totally agree with Mark Twain’s quote “Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” What I elicit from this is surprisingly impressive and notable that cauliflower has higher value among its family.

The bright side about cauliflower is that can be planted alongside broccoli, kale, and turnips and is beautiful like a flower. The dark side is being temperamental which causes the gardeners to take a step back in planting this vegetable.

How Many Cauliflower Per Plant?

You will get only one cauliflower per plant but thankfully cauliflower’s leaves are edible. The sad part is that you have got only one shot if you miss it, good luck next year.

How Long Does it Take Cauliflowers to Grow?

Considering it lasts about 3-5 months to reach that maturity and full established form of cauliflower. Keep in mind that the growing period depends on the climate and placement selection as well as how much time you spent with a plant.

Wait exactly 80 days and then you can start the harvesting process. 

For the first 4 weeks, cauliflowers’ seedlings need to be planted indoors, after a month, you can move them outdoors.

How many times a year Can You Harvest Cauliflower

I’m sorry to break it, but you have only one shot to get the cauliflower because this sassy plant allows you to harvest only once throughout the season. Once you remove the head, the plant is done.

If you’re expecting more from the cauliflower, try planting more different types such as hybrid attribute, cheddar, depurple, early white, and many more.

Planting Cauliflower

It is a better idea to start planting indoor cauliflower seedlings in April for springtime. Start seeds for fall crops especially in July, either indoors or outside in the garden. Transplanting shouldn’t be done earlier than 2-3 weeks before your region’s typical first frost date. Please be careful with that if you are a beginner in the gardening

Cauliflower planting needs to begin early enough to grow before the heat hits, but not too early that the plants are harmed by the chilly spring temperatures. In peat pots or in furrows in well-draining potting soil, sow seeds 14 inches deep.

After the seeds are germinated, keep the temperature pretty much at 60 F and carry on to grow the plants in a location with direct sunlight or under specific grow lights (16 C.). Do not let dry out the seedlings.

The distance between plants should be 2 feet apart and in rows should be 30-36 inches apart.

The best time to plant is in the cooler months in Spring or Fall.

Growing Cauliflowers

Sometimes temperatures in springtime differ, that is why the cooler weather can be trouble in growing times. Covering during that time is the only solution.

At times during springtime can be vice versa, too high temperature for the current month. What you can do is shade them the cauliflowers’ heat. It will take pretty much 80 days before harvest season. Measure the head of the cauliflower and if it shows 3 inches, tie the leaves all together with rubber bands gently. This process is also known as blanching in gardening vocabulary.

Harvesting Cauliflower

Measure the head first, if it’s reached 4-6 inches that means the cauliflower is ready to harvest. The head may appear smaller to you because not all of them can grow in the same size.

So, in this scenario look at them, and check if it’s opening up and has a coarse texture.

Storing Cauliflower

Wash newly harvested cauliflower in the water and use a cloth or paper towel. Put them in plastic bags in the fridge. You should know that they wouldn’t stand more than 3 weeks. 

If you open them a week after and a distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one is in question, then freezing them is a must. If you plan to store them longer, the place temperature should be 32°F.

Another important thing while storing is breaking the head into chunks and putting them in the water for half an hour. After that, add a tablespoon of salt to get rid of bacteria and pests. Blanch for a couple of minutes, drain and then place it a freeze.

Cauliflower Feels a Powerful Desire for:

  • Full and direct sun exposure and rich in moisture. The sun exposure in a single day should be no less than 6 hours.
  • Well drainage soil with a pH level between 6.5 to 6.8. 
  • The watering process should happen once a week even in the peak heat, but when you water, soak the cauliflower in it because the roots are deeper and require water to penetrate more inside. At least 1 to 1.5 inches.

Head Don’t Grow in Cauliflower

If your cauliflowers are headless, the stress did a high impact on them. Maybe the answer can be

  • Not enough sun exposure
  • Not proper drainage
  • Stress
  • Overcrowding
  • Cold and hot weather
  • Not taking proper care
  • Not watering enough

A Brief Summary

Cauliflower belongs among those beautiful-looking vegetables. Besides the head, you can also eat the leaves or use them as plate decoration.

Getting only single cauliflower per plant can be hard work and harder work is to deal with the temperament attitude of the vegetable.

Cauliflower needs full sunlight, watering once a week as well as proper care. It takes 3-5 months to grow and the best season to grow is the springtime. Harvesting is done only once in a season.

Keeping the distance in a row is important too, so this and many reasons can make the plant grow without the head. Sure thing you don’t want your hard work and effort to go to waste. 

Further Reading

If you liked this topic, I have extra useful information to share. If I were you, I would check out why snake plant Leaves are falling over or find out whether your plant is getting too much light. The easy and healthy growth similar to cauliflower is broccoli. Find out a detailed explanation of broccoli plants’ growing stages.

Natalia Michalska

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