Growing Cauliflower From Scraps: What Is The Best Way?
Cauliflower is one of the most popular vegetables in the world. You may have seen it at your local grocery store or even in some restaurants. However, if you are not familiar with what exactly cauliflower is, then you need to read this article first before proceeding further.
What is cauliflower anyway?
It’s a member of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae) which includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and other similar types of plants. It belongs to the same family as onions, garlic and leeks. They all belong to the Allium Family (Alliaceae). The leaves of cauliflowers are edible and used in many dishes such as soups, stews and casseroles.
The root of cauliflower is bitter and toxic. It is considered poisonous because it contains oxalates. The roots contain calcium oxalate crystals that cause severe stomach upset and kidney stones if eaten in large quantities. Eating small amounts will result in diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
If you eat too much of these roots, they can lead to a condition called hypercalcemia which causes the kidneys to fail completely.
If your leaves are wilting, cracking or have brown spots then it most likely has fungal infection known as downy mildew. It is caused by the fungus blumeria vasica. The leaves will also smell like someone is smoking tobacco near them even when no one is. This fungus will eventually destroy the plant leaving you with nothing to harvest.
If you don’t clean up the infected parts, then the spores will spread to other plants and infect them as well.
If you notice that your plant is not growing as tall as it should then it may have fusarium wilt. This fungal disease attacks the vascular system of the plant and restricts the flow of water and nutrients. The plant will wilt and die even though it is planted in a good soil. It is caused by the fungus fusarium oxysporum.
If you don’t catch this right away, then it will soon spread throughout your garden. You can identify fusarium wilt by the fact that the roots will be very dark.
These are only a few of the problems that can affect your plants. There are many different types of insects and diseases that can harm your plant. If you find that your plants are exhibiting certain symptoms, then you need to identify the problem and cure it right away before it causes too much damage. Most of these diseases and pests are more likely to occur in dry or wet weather conditions.
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