Flame Star Cauliflower provides eye-catching appeal coupled with great texture and taste. This hybrid variety produces large, 7″ heads with a light orange color, making it very rich in Vitamin A. Compared to other cauliflower varieties, Flame Star has a high tolerance to heat and stress. This makes it a great variety for growing in the spring and fall, as it will continue to perform in spring when temperatures are trending warmer. Flame Star Cauliflower produces heads with smooth, dense curds and few air pockets. Heads are excellent prepared raw or cooked and are guaranteed to draw someone’s attention when sitting on a plate. Flavor is rich and sweet and the pastel orange color is retained when cooking.
Cauliflower may be direct-seeded, but it performs best when transplanted. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing, and prevents cauliflower seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Cauliflower transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Cauliflower crowns should be harvested when they reach about 5-6″ in diameter. As crowns become larger, plant leaves are less able to wrap the crowns adequately, which can cause discoloration by the sun. Although cauliflower leaves are frost-tolerant, the crowns are not. If frost is imminent while crowns are developing, be sure to use some form of row cover to protect the crowns from frost.
Flame Star Cauliflower Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 55
Disease Tolerance: None