Snow Bowl Cauliflower is a hybrid variety that matures in the mid to early window. It is a great variety for fall planting and winter harvest. It produces compact plants that are 22″-24″ tall. As a result, it can be planted with tighter spacing than most varieties. It also has wrapper leaves that extend upward instead of outward, which does a better job of keeping the crowns protected from sun and maintaining white color through maturation. Snow Bowl produces uniform heads that are 5-6″ in diameter and usually weigh around 1.5 lbs. Snow Bowl Cauliflower produces heads that are tender and buttery, which make it an excellent choice either raw or cooked. When cooked, it has a very creamy texture that is very palatable.
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.
Snow Bowl 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