Organic Cauliflower Early Snowball - McKenzie Seeds

Organic Cauliflower Early Snowball - McKenzie Seeds

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Brassica oleracea

  • Heirloom.
  • A cross between broccoli and cabbage.
  • Can be substituted for rice or potatoes.
  • 7 to 10 days to germination.
  • 50 days to maturity.
  • Companion gardening Beans, celery, oregano.

Early Snowball Cauliflower produces very uniform snow-white heads. The heads on this cool weather crop remain white even during poor weather. Perfect for freezing, it is also an ideal choice for raw, steamed, or pickled cauliflower.

750mg. (Approx. 200-215 seeds)


For early harvest, start seeds indoors 5-7 weeks before planting outdoors. May be seeded directly outdoors. Sow 2-3 seeds together every 30 inches. When seedlings are 1 inch tall, thin to 1 plant.

Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")

Plantling Spacing: 45 cm (18")

Row Spacing: 60 cm (24")


When head is forming and 5 cm (2") across, tie outer leaves together to enclose the head until maturity. 

Planting Instruction: Sow directly outside in late spring or start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost.

A cool-weather crop that likes well-drained, moisture-retaining soil. Plant in full sun. Plants do best in rich soil – the addition of compost or well-rotted manure to the planting area will keep the soil in great shape.

  • Sow seeds 6 mm (1/4″) deep and 45 cm (18″) apart. 
  • When starting indoors, it is easiest to sow 3-4 seeds in a Jiffy pot and then thin to the strongest plant. It is best to have transplants set out into the garden by the time they have 6-8 leaves.
  • Seeds germinate in approximately 7-10 days.

Keep plants well-watered throughout the growing season.

Shade the developing cauliflower heads (curds) by tying up the leaves over the tops of the plants. It is important to keep the curds from sunlight so they are white and flavorful for harvesting.

To reduce the risk of disease, it is ideal to practice crop rotation and plant in a different area of the garden that has not grown cauliflower or its relatives (broccoli, cabbage, kale) in the previous 2-3 years.

Unstable environmental conditions like cold weather at the time of transplanting, drought and extreme heat can cause the plant to produce very tiny heads at maturity or sometimes none at all.

Harvesting and storage

  • Harvest when cauliflower heads are compact, firm and snowy white.
  • Heads can also be harvested when solid and smaller in size (about ¾ of mature size).
  • Heads left too long on the plant can loosen, become discoloured and develop a strong flavour.
  • To store, do not remove the outer leaves. Simply cut from the stalk and store in the crisper of the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Also excellent for freezing

Freezing Cauliflower

  1. Harvest the vegetables on a day you have plenty of time to prepare them.
  2. Wash the vegetables thoroughly in cool water while you start a pot of water to boil. Also, make an ice bath on the side of a sink or in a large pail at the same time.
  3. Cut cauliflower into separate florets.
  4. When water is at a rolling boil, plunge them into boiling water for about 2-3 minutes and then remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon or dump them into a strainer and place immediately into an ice bath for 30 seconds or longer to stop the cooking.
  5. Once the cauliflower has cooled, drain them and put them into freezer bags. Seal them and label them with the name and date. Stow in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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