Cauliflower

Purple Of Sicily Cauliflower

Purple Of Sicily Cauliflower

CF173

90 days. Heirloom quality, exceptional flavor, super nutrition, insect resistance and astounding color all in one cauliflower. It's no wonder Purple of Sicily has been handed down from generation to generation. Big 2-3 pound heads are brilliant purple in the garden or on the fresh veggie platter, changing to a striking green when cooked. The curds are loaded with minerals and have a sweet, delicious, refined flavor. Its natural insect resistance means healthier plants and better success in the garden.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 60-85 seeds per 1/4 gram.
  • CF173/S
  • 1/4 gram
  • $3.35

  • CF173/P
  • 2 grams
  • $4.85

  • CF173/B
  • 1/2 oz
  • $13.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/4 gramFertilizer Needs
55-75°F5-171/4"55-75°F12-24"18-36"75%3 years≈ 60-85High


Brassica oleracea, Botrytis Group This nutritious, hearty food is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Steamed and mashed it makes a low-calorie, low-carb mashed potato substitute. Thanks to our extensive trialing, we've chosen superb cauliflower varieties for spring and fall harvest. With the addition of overwintering types, you'll have a nearly seamless supply of fresh-from-the-garden crops from fall to the following spring in milder climate gardens.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 25-35 days if direct seeding.

Culture
• Performs best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that does not tolerate extreme heat; rough heads or leaves in the head are usually from heat stress
• Keep beds evenly moist and/or use shade cloth to maintain quality during heat waves
• Excess nitrogen or a boron deficiency can cause hollow stem
Blanching: To ensure completely white heads, tie the inner leaves around the head when it starts to form, or break over some inside leaves to shade the head
• In colder climates covering with Reemay or Frost Blanket will protect plants from frost damage

Direct Sowing
• Direct seed April through June
• At the bottom of the furrow band 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet
• Cover with loose soil or sifted compost
• Not recommended for fall plantings

Transplanting
• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before your anticipated transplant date
• Side dress with 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer at transplant
• Start fall/overwinter varieties May—July for transplanting June—August

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when heads are tight and dense
• Overmature florets begin to separate and appear ricey
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs or a hard spray of water, Neem oil or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.
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Purple Success!
Jun 29, 2017  |  By Sierra
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Although I was hesitant as I had read reviews elsewhere that said the purple color would fade in the sun or after cooking, these cauliflower have been just amazing! The purple is bright and brilliant, and even darkened after light steaming. I have harvested 4 out of my 6 plants already this spring, and I don't usually eat much cauliflower so it's a great addition to my diet. I'm starting 6 more seedlings for fall planting, and will incorporate more into my garden next year. I think I had 100% germination rate in spring--ended up giving extras to my neighbors. Started seeds at the end of February and harvested in mid/late-June in Pacific Northwest during a particularly cold and rainy spring in 2017.