~ Seed for CAULIFLOWER ~
We are being as generous as possible with packet sizes -
we feel that commercial packets have become absurdly stingy in recent years.
But when to sow them?
Easy. It depends when you want them ready to eat:
|To eat them in SPRING :||Use a 'spring heading' type. Sow late spring to early summer, plant out mid to late summer, and harvest the following spring.|
|To eat them in EARLY SUMMER :||Sow in autumn or midwinter under cover, plant out very early in spring. We find this too much trouble!|
|To eat them in LATE SUMMER or AUTUMN:||Sow in spring, plant out late spring to mid-summer.|
Special Spring Mix
Cauliflowers are great, but you can be overwhelmed as they tend to suddenly come ready all at once.
To fix this we have made this mix of three different spring varieties to give a longer harvesting period and avoid a glut.
This packet contains a mix of the ever-popular “Tardif d‘Angers”, "Hatif d'Angers", and “Naples Early March” which will tend to head up at slightly different times - ideal for those who want a good supply of cauliflowers from March into April.
Sow in April/May for harvest from March onwards
Mix of three varieties for longer harvest period.
Order CfSS- 1g (about 250 seed) £
"All the Year Round" - General Purpose
This is a very useful variety as it can be grown several different ways:
- sow it repeatedly from February to May for successive harvest late Summer to Autumn. (Early sowings under cover of course)
- and then you can sow again under cover in October, so it overwinters to make heads the next Spring.
An unusually versatile variety!
Order CfYR - 1g (about 250 seed) £
"Autumn Giant" - Late Summer/Autumn
This is a great traditional cauliflower with really large dense white heads, ready in the autumn.
It is generally sown in spring - for harvest from the end of summer onwards into autumn.
A very reliable autumn cauliflower - can get really big!
Order CfAG - 1g (about 250 seed) £
'Ottobrino' Autumn Romanesco
Most Romanesco cauliflowers are spring maturing but we have found this smaller variety that comes ready in the autumn, thus avoiding the need to overwinter it. It should not be planted too early in spring, or it may run straight to seed.
Autumn romanesco. Green. Sow in Spring, harvest October-November.
Order CfOT - 1g (about 200 seed) £
Sicilia Violetta (Purple)
A purple cauliflower from Sicily. Sown in late spring, it matures in the autumn, ready around November. Definitely something different to try this year!
Autumn cauliflower. Purple.
Order CfSV - 1g (about 200 seed) £
'Saint Joseph' Spring Romanesco Cauliflower
And you thought cauliflowers were boring! Romanesco cauliflowers have an acid-green fractal head that makes spiral rosettes. (The overall effect is not unlike a pine cone.)
This is a decent-sized romanesco that should overwinter and make amazing bright green heads the following spring.
Sow in April/May for harvest following spring.
And as for St Joseph himself, maybe in this fresco by Fra Angelico he is taking a break from carpentry, to contemplate the wondrous beauty of his cauliflowers as they grow?
Order CfSJ - 1g (about 250 seed) £0.99£
Magic Mix of Cauliflowers NEW
If you’re wanting to try something a little different, then this might be just the packet.
We’ve mixed together seed of five different cauliflowers covering the whole range of colours - purple, greens, cream, white and even romanesco. Sow in spring for autumn harvest.
Colourful lucky dip. Note that although they are all spring sowing for summer/autumn harvest they will mature at different times, however this extends the harvest season to avoid a glut.
Order CfMX - 1g (about 200 seed) £