Cauliflower - Fremont
This variety of cauliflower produces large, heavy, uniform crowns. It is an F1 hybrid with excellent weight, density and color. The crowns can measure up to 6-8" across and up to 2 1/2 lbs. They have a wonderful flavor for eating raw, cooked, or you can blanch and freeze for later use. This leading commercial variety is ideal for summer and fall harvest.
French marigolds planted in your garden not only look beautiful, but can help repel many garden pests that can ruin your harvest. Plant them liberally throughout your garden, except around beans and cabbage plants. Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are also flowers. Do not cook cauliflower in alumnium or iron pots. They can react to the metals and change colors. If boiling this vegetable, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water to keep the cauliflower white.
Water Day/Week -- Water regularly at the roots at least 1" each week (more in especially hot, dry periods) in the morning. Do not allow soil to dry out. Avoid splashing the foliage.
Harvest -- Pick when the flowerettes begin to slightly separate. Cool in ice water immediately, then refridgerate.
Spacing -- 24 - 30" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 65 - 70 days
Feature -- Big & Bright
Heirloom Variety -- No
Kid-Friendly -- No
Container Friendly -- No
Soil pH -- 6.0 to 7.0
Time to Plant -- Early, 2-3 weeks before last frost date
Fertilizer -- 20-20-20 when transplanting into garden, then side dress with 12-12-12 every 2-3 weeks
Pests to Avoid -- Cabbage worms, loopers, aphids, cutworms, slugs, snails
Companions -- Celery, aromatice herbs, spinach and chard
Avoid Planting By -- Bush and pole beans, tomatoes, peppers, rue, oregano and strawberries