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FLAME STAR

FLAME STAR

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70-80 days. A standout in the cauliflower department, this remarkable, pastel orange variety is undeniably unique. Dense heads are light orange inside and have a smooth, juicy, creamy flavor with no bitterness or spice. Flame Star is a great choice for spring or fall planting, as it shows improved heading ability and excellent heat tolerance.
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$33.75

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Amanda
ALL HAIL FLAMESTAR

Would you like to have good tasting cauliflower in Texas? Then this is the variety for you. Plants are vigorous growers, the heads are large and seem to have a little sweetness to them that regular white cauliflower does not have. Plus, you don't have to fold the leaves over the top.
While it is heat tolerant, that doesn't mean that if we have a warm spring, it won't have issues, fyi. There is only so much you can ask from cauliflower. But this cauliflower is the most heat tolerant and forgiving that I have grown.

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Erin I.
Tastes great, grew easily

I love this cauliflower! It grew easily in zone 9b despite a warm fall and winter - other varieties I tried didn't end up producing a head. I roasted these whole with spices and it was delicious.

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Michelle B.C.
Perfect new addition to our garden

I have never attempted to grow cauliflower before. We live in central Georgia. I started seeds inside in January, transplanted in April and had the best cauliflower I've ever eaten in May. Nearly 100% germination from the packet. I was going to sell it at the local market but kept it all for us and a few choice friends. We ate it raw, roasted,and purée it was The best I have ever eaten. My friends that got some want to know when the next harvest will be in so I am going to try it in the fall garden and see if it will make. I nearly gave up on it the plants were huge and healthy but I could not see any fruit coming then all of A sudden there they were big beautiful orange heads. This guy will have a bed in my garden every year and if it grows this fall every season.

Soil Temp for Germ 55–75°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Soil Temp for Transp 55–75°F
Plant Spacing 12–24"
Row Spacing 18–36"
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 240–340
Seed Life 3 years

Brassica oleracea, Botrytis Group This nutritious, hearty food is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Steamed and mashed it makes a low-calorie, low-carb mashed potato substitute. Thanks to our extensive trialing, we've chosen superb cauliflower varieties for spring and fall harvest. With the addition of overwintering types, you'll have a nearly seamless supply of fresh-from-the-garden crops from fall to the following spring in milder climate gardens.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 25-35 days if direct seeding.

Culture
• Performs best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Cauliflower is a cool-season crop that does not tolerate extreme heat; rough heads or leaves in the head are usually from heat stress
• Keep beds evenly moist and/or use shade cloth to maintain quality during heat waves
• Excess nitrogen or a boron deficiency can cause hollow stem
• Blanching: To ensure completely white heads, tie the inner leaves around the head when it starts to form, or break over some inside leaves to shade the head
• In colder climates covering with Reemay or Frost Blanket will protect plants from frost damage

Direct Sowing
• Direct seed April through June
• At the bottom of the furrow band 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet
• Cover with loose soil or sifted compost
• Not recommended for fall plantings

Transplanting
• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before your anticipated transplant date
• Side dress with 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer at transplant
• Start fall/overwinter varieties May—July for transplanting June—August

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
• Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when heads are tight and dense
• Overmature florets begin to separate and appear ricey
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs or a hard spray of water or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.

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