Aalsmeer is an early vigorous variety with excellent curds that are well protected. It produces creamy white heads of good depth and weight and is a good variety for being frost hardy, so will grow in all regions of the UK.
Cauliflower, not being one of the easiest of vegetables to grow is certainly regarded by many old hands as the test of a real gardener. But with good planning, regular care and a small dose of common sense, you can pretty much have cauliflower on the table all year round.
WHEN TO SOW
May to June
WHERE TO SOW
Sowings can be made in trays or modules under glass at 13°C. Later sowings can be made into a seed bed in shallow drills 2cm (3/4") deep in short rows.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
As soon as glasshouse seedlings show their first pair of leaves, prick off into trays 5cm (2") apart or thin modules to one seedling per cell. Gradually harden off before planting out, spacing plants 45cm (18in) apart between plants and 60cm (24in) between the rows. Outdoor sowings should be thinned to 7-10cm (3-4in) apart , then once plants are 15cm (6in) tall , they can be lifted and transplated to their final planting positions, spaced the same as detailed above.
April to May the following year
Cauliflowers dislike any check in growth. Lack of water can cause premature formation of small button heads. Water regularly.
A good source of iron, manganese, and folic acid. Contains many healthy antioxidants.