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My Poor Cauliflowers


 
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Lius
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: My Poor Cauliflowers Reply with quote

Anyone having problems with Winter veg?

Cauliflower brown / stunted (see photo) & Broccoli bolting.

Brussle Sprouts, Kale, Leeks & Celery ok though.

What sucess did you have?



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like bolting, wrong variety in the wrong season. Should have many more leaves to foHad you not mentioned the B Sprouts and Broccrm a curd at this time of year. Maybe it was planted too late, should have been planted in early july. You should have used an overwintering variety. Had you not mentioned the Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli and Celery I would have said that Boron deficiency was also a contributory factor.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply Michael.

It seems you can't win with this weather. The plant in the photo was transplanted late September in as you suspected. I had kept a few small plants just in case and when the first lot I transplanted in Jun/Jul started to flower/bolt in September I put down the second lot you see in the photo which have done even worse. No winning at all.

BTW the seeds I used were Johnsons - All the Year Round (Brassica oleracea Botrytis) sow Jan-Jun; harvest Jun-Oct. I thought they would have done the trick, it's my first year trying Cauliflower though.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All Year Round is a very old reliable variety for Spring /Summer sowing and planting but not for overwintering. For the future pick winter hardy varieties and I think you will be luckier as long as you sow and plant on time..
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