BRASSICA PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Mustard, Kohlrabi)
Planting Method A-: Start indoors 4 weeks prior to setting out - several weeks prior to your last Spring frost. Place transplants about 1 foot apart.
Planting Method B-: Direct seed in garden as soon as the soil can be worked. Thin or transplant when plants are 4 to 5 inches tall. Space about 1 foot apart.
Culture is similar to broccoli, but be careful to not stunt or slow the growth rate of the plants down. The more rapid they grow the better chance you have for a decent crop. Very fertile soil and proper growing conditions translate into a great crop,. Do not stunt the transplants and let them”button up” or your yield will be dismal. Cauliflower here in Iowa is a challenging crop. You need to have the transplants at a nice 4 inch size when the weather is just right, no more hard freezes and yet not so late that it is getting in the 90's. (Approximately 500 seeds/pkt.) UPDATED FOR 2020
All Year Round- 75 days- Large, tight head. Keeps in good condition for a long time. A good type for freezing. Pkt. $1.50
Early Snowball- 65 days- Creamy white, firm head, dependable yield. Does best form a early spring planting. Keep the soil very fertile and don’t let the plants get stunted for the best yields. Pkt. $1.50
Igloo- 70 days- Late, stove pipe type, heavy solid heads. This variety works best in areas that have long cool periods and not rapid heat up to summer weather. Dense foliage. Pkt. $1.50
Self-Blanching- 80 days- Plants tend to need less care to get to blanching stage. Pkt. $1.50
Violetta Italia - 85 days - Large, vigorous plants, beautiful purple color that blanches to green. Needs cold period to induce head formation. This one is best in areas where it is overwintered. Pkt. $1.50