Light Requirement: Requires full sun during the day
Soil Requirement: It requires well drained, loamy and nutrient rich soil. Maintaining the soil quality is very important for its head formation.
Water Requirement: Keeping the soil moist at all times is vital. Water evaporation can be prevented through mulching the soil. Avoid watering the leaves.
Harvesting: Chop off buds that have tightened by cutting right above the stem. Tightness of the buds should be a determinant of its maturity and not its size. Do not let the head spread out as this indicates spoilage of the fruit. For best taste, harvest in the morning before the soil heats up.
Sowing season of Romanesco Kharif and Rabbi, Oct -Nov and Feb -March
Romanesco needs well drained soil in full sun, Sow the seeds 1cm (0.5in) deep, sowing two to three seeds per hole. romanesco cauliflowers need fertile soil – perhaps improved over the winter with plenty of well-rotted manure or compost. Plant seedlings out into their final positions once they are 10-15cm (4-6in) tall.
To plant, dig a hole for each plant 1-2 inch deep. Plant it in spacing of 60cm (2ft) between plants and 60-90cm (2-3ft) between rows.
Water regularly and keep the soil moist constantly. Water at the base of the plant to avoid splashing the leaves
Romanesco comes to harvest in 90-100 days. Harvest Romanesco when the buds of the head are firm and tight before the heads flower. Whenever you see yellow petals, harvest immediately. For best taste, harvest in the morning before the soil heats up. Cut heads from the plant. taking at least 6 inches of stem.
Level of professionalism
Kharif & Rabi
No. of days to harvest
No. of picking per plant
2 ft apart
No. of Seeds per dibble