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Wilting Cauliflower

Posted by vbgreens Southern California (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 27, 13 at 17:23

I just planted a winter crop of broccoli, cauliflower, kale and romaine last weekend.These were all from starters I got from the garden center. Most things seem to be doing well, except for the cauliflower which seems to be wilting.

I have read that cauliflower can be more temperamental than some plants and I am thinking that the hot weather we have had since I planted (high 70s not uncommon during the day) may be the issue? I have been watering every morning so I don't think it's a water problem..

Should I shade these guys until things cool off? It's supposed to be warm again this weekend! Low 80's.. Not very wintery.. Any advice appreciated.

Thanks!


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RE: Wilting Cauliflower

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 30, 13 at 12:43

Try 50% shade cloth over it during every heat wave, and maybe plant it where it gets afternoon shade. Cauliflower is difficult to get through heat waves. It dies or bolts before you get something edible. Easiest in Sunset 24, difficult even there when we have a rainy season with a lot of heat waves. Also watch for aphids.


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