Growing Calendar for Cauliflower Maybach Super Extra Early - Plants
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Lovely white curds form on this on this sturdy extra-early variety that shows impressive resistance to pinking. Matures from early May to early June when planted in March from our September-raised plants.
You receive 6 tough and well-established plugs plants at around 15-20cm (6-8in) from root to tip.
Remove plugs from the blister pack which created a greenhouse-like environment for the plants during transit, and outer packaging and water the root balls well.
The root ball should be surrounded by a good network of roots which have been established over winter and so ready to support lots or stems and flower.
Plant directly in soil from March spacing plants 45cm (18in) apart and water well mornings or evenings, or both mornings and evenings during periods of drought.
As with all cauliflowers they grow best in fertlile, firmed soil. Always add lime before planting which reduces the chances of clubroot.
Six plants will fit comfortably in a 90cm x 90cm (3 x3 ft) area on your vegetable plot.
The Super Extra Early Cauliflowers have been sown in October and overwintered undercover with frost protection. The plants are tough, sturdy and stocky ready hardened off for immediate planting on arrival.
The plants will not look as fresh as spring sown plants BUT don’t be alarmed! The plants will be taller and have some yellow leaves which will either fall off or green up as the plant gets growing. The plants are typical of those planted by commercial growers up and down the country and will THRIVE in prepared soil.
These plants will crop 6-8 weeks earlier in your garden than spring raised crops and give your first flush of produce from your garden – and what’s more many will have cropped before persistent brassica pests are around. Caterpillar and whitefly.
Prepare your planting bed dig over and add some pre planting fertiliser, rake level and walk over the bed firming the soil.- Brassicas like firm soil. Lightly rake the surface level again.
Using a dibber or trowel make a hole deep enough to cover the root ball and the neck of the plant. Water the hole and put the plant in backfilling and firming the soil lightly around the plant.
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