Cauliflower is a sun-loving, cool-season crop to grow in spring and fall. It can be a temperamental plant in the garden because it does not tolerate heat or cold—so it’s not best for beginners unless you like a challenge! See how to plant, care for, and harvest cauliflower.
This vegetable’s name comes from the Latin words caulis, for cabbage, and floris, for flower. It’s a descendent of wild cabbage! Though usually white, cauliflower does come in other colors including purple, yellow, and orange.
Cauliflower can be a challenge for the beginner gardeners because it requires consistently cool temperatures with temperatures in the 60°Fs. Otherwise, it may prematurely “button”—form small, button-size heads—rather than forming a single, large head.