Graffiti Cauliflower is one of the most visually appealing varieties you can grow in a vegetable garden. The bright purple heads are guaranteed to satisfy on a raw vegetable platter or roasted. The heads maintain their color while cooking, although they do turn to a darker, bluish-purple once cooked. To maintain the bright purple color, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to the cooking water. Graffiti Cauliflower has traditionally large plants and produces medium to large-size heads. Because the heads are darker, they require less wrapping than white cauliflower varieties. This means the harvest window is more flexible. Heads are densely-packed and well-domed. Graffiti performs best when grown for fall harvest, but also has heat and humidity-tolerance for early spring plantings.
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.
Graffiti 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: Downy Mildew