Minuteman Cauliflower is a hybrid cauliflower variety that performs well in the heat for late spring and early fall production. In moderate climates, this variety will also perform well into the summer. Minuteman is an early-maturing variety that usually matures just 65-70 after days after transplant. Plants are medium-size and have great vigor for season-extending harvests. Minuteman produces large, dense heads that are dome-shaped and bright white. This is a great variety for eating fresh or preserving. The crunchy heads make a delicious raw snack with any vegetable platter. For a quick, healthy side dish, toss in olive oil and roast in the oven or air fryer. To preserve the harvest, blanche and freeze for best results.
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.
Minuteman 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: 70
Disease Resistance: None