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Brassica oleracea botrytis (Cauliflower ‘Cheddar’)

Life: Biennial grown as Annual

Size: 1'

Light: Full Sun

Water: Moist with Good Drainage

Soil: Neutral Loam

80-100 days to maturity. F-1 hybrid. Named ‘Cheddar’ because of its color, this unusual variety produces beautiful yellow-orange heads containing 25 times more beta carotene than white cauliflower. Eaten raw or cooked, they are sweet and delicious. To retain most of the color, micro-wave or steam, not boil this variety. Heads are ready for harvest when they are 6-8" in diameter with a tight smooth surface; once the main heads are removed, smaller side-heads will form. Cauliflower is a cool weather crop and this far south, it should be planted in the fall, insuring adequate time for harvest before consistent 80 degree spring weather causes the heads to bolt (flower and then go to seed). Prepare soil in full sun, adding nitrogen if necessary and neutralizing heavily alkaline or acidic soils. Space plants 18-24" apart in rows 24-30" apart. Cauliflower may also be grown in 7 gallon containers, 1 plant per pot.