|'Early Dawn' is generally ready for harvest 53 days after sowing, making it one of the earliest varieties available. Heads are densely packed, 6 to 8 inches across. Performs well when planted either in spring or summer. In cooler regions, like the Maritime Northwest, cauliflower can be grown for summer and fall harvest. In milder areas with longer growing seasons and less risk of heavy freezes, they can overwinter, and be harvested in the spring.
Cauliflower likes fairly alkaline soil. Soils with even a mild acidity often do not produce worthwhile crops.
Start seedlings indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. In warmer climates, sow seeds 1/2 inch deep. Plants should generally be 24 inches apart, to allow for best head production. Water well throughout the season.