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Hi its my first year as a vegetable grower and I've had success with many varietys except my cauliflowers I realise I've planted them too close together and told this is a regular big inbred mistake and I've put netting to stop the butterflies and use slug pellets and slug traps but the cauliflower heads have turned rotten before becoming established and the leaves are just holes?? Many thanks




Dig them up. Check the roots. Let us know what you find.

26 Jul, 2014


Hi, welcome to GoY, first of all, what is your question ?, personally I don't grow veg, but I do know that cauliflower can be a bit temperamental, and sometimes difficult to grow successfully, hopefully someone will be able to give you some advice, we have a lot of veg growers on here, Derek.

26 Jul, 2014


I think maybe you are growing them too close together, caulis like to be in very hard ground, as Scrumpygrat says check the roots for club root, in this hot weather make sure they are watered well and try to keep the curds covered by bending a couple of leaves over them, also as Derek says caulis are very difficult to grow, I put a small number in my allotment and sometimes they do well and another time they just shoot up and go green, another thing I can suggest is to try different varieties as some can do better than others, it is just a case of trial and error until you can find one that will grow in your plot.

26 Jul, 2014


Also the treatment at the seedling stage is important. If the baby plants receive a check at that stage they will not make decent curds later.
Temperamental things. I once grew some on my allotment with TLC . Failure. Next door planted some and due to some family stuff then neglected the plot. The caulis were overgrown with rank grass and made fantastic curds. There's no justice.

27 Jul, 2014


Thankyou very helpful

27 Jul, 2014

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