Snowball Y Cauliflower
Introduced in 1947 by Ferry Morse; an excellent variety for the garden or fresh market. Dwarf plants have dense self-wrapping heads and erect outer leaves that offer good protection. Heads can be harvested over a long period. Well-suited to short seasons.
Sun - full sun
Spread - 12 inches
Height - approx. 18 inches
Days to Maturity - 70 days
Ideal Planting Time - plants in feb 1-mar 1 and again in fall
Seed Depth - 1/4 inch
Seed Spacing - 18-24 inches
Row Spacing - 24-36 inches
Days to Germination - 7-10 days
Harvest Tips - Cauliflower heads should be harvested while curds are still tight. Check fields every 2-3 days. Cover developing heads or tie leaves together to protect heads from sunlight for blanched effect. Self-blanching varieties have tight leaf curl around heads so minimize need to cover. Harvest heads promptly when they are full size but still compact, white and smooth. Delaying harvest results in curds turning loose and ricey. Cool cauliflower immediately after harvest to retain quality.
Other Planting Tips - This cauliflower is known for vigorous, rapid growth and long harvest. It's head is snow-white that measures 7-8" inches across.
Available - 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. pkgs.
Although cauliflower has the reputation of being difficult to grow, it is as easily grown here in Texas as its close relative, cabbage. The preferred time to grow it in Texas is during the fall for a winter harvest. If you try to grow cauliflower in the spring in Texas, most years you will be unsuccessful.
It is a great pick-me-up to go to the garden on a cold December day to harvest a perfect, intricately woven, beautiful white head of cauliflower. If you ignore its reputation and give cauliflower a try, you will be rewarded with the mild, sweet flavor of this vegetable at its freshest.
Cauliflower grows well with beans, celery and oregano.
It doesn't like to be planted beside peas, potatoes, strawberries or tomatoes.