Adam Klaus wrote:I have gone both ways, but now plant on leaf days. Why? One of my biggest problems with both broccoli and cauli is premature heading (bolting). In contrast, I have never had a plant grow a large robust set of leaves and then fail to produce a head. So I figure that promoting a good leaf growth, descending energy, is a good idea for a healthy plant that runs its full life cycle before ultimately heading up. Additionally, we dont really want the broccoli or cauli to flower. We just want it to head up as big as it can without actually opening flowers. So it is more of a vegetative (leaf/root) quality we are looking for, not a reproductive one (flower/fruit). At this point in my experience, I would rather plant on a root day than a flower day for that reason, with leaf days being my ultimate preference.
Dorothy Elizabeth Werenfrid wrote:Which days have you found best for producing Cauliflower and Broccoli types? Leaf or Flower?
elle sagenev wrote:I'm not sure what is meant by leaf and flower days. Someone explain please!
Adam Klaus wrote:glad that helped Dorothy,
I am much more experienced with cauliflower than broccoli, and wanted to reccomed a varietal that I find to be absolutely superior for growing main season cauliflower. The varietal is 'Amazing', it is open pollinated, and I typically get seeds from Johnny's. I start seeds in 50 cell flats in April, transplant to the garden in May, and harvest in July/August. Last summer I yielded some heads that were 6 pounds and nearly the size of a basketball. Our summers dont get too hot, maxing out around 90F, and our soils are a rich fertile clay. Notwithstanding, I continue to be amazed by 'Amazing'.