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Value of different cauliflower cultivars for autumn production in a submontane region as depending upon the planting time. I. Yields and pattern of cropping

Stanisław Cebula, Andrzej Kalisz

Department of Vegetable Crops
Agricultural University
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Cracow, Poland

In the submontane conditions of southeastern Poland six Dutch cultivars of cauliflower for autumn harvest were screened. The yield and the pattern of cropping were studied, two planting dates being taken into consideration. The very high total and commercial yields of cauliflower obtained suggest favourable conditions of the submontane region for the production of this vegetable species. Of the cultivars compared the hybrid ones, especially Plana F1 (42.99-57.13 t ha-1) and also Fargo F1 (36.80-49.43 t ha-1), showed a decidedly higher level of cropping. Standard cultivars White Ball and Batsman gave a poorer yield, the lowest one being obtained in the case of Ostrea. A slight decrease in the weight of the crop was recorded with the later planting date (turn of June). The hybrid cultivars were characterized by shorter vegetation periods and a more condensed harvest of curds than the standard cultivars, among them the latest being Batsman. With the planting of cauliflower at the turn of June even the latest cultivar gave a complete yield.

Cebula S., Kalisz A., 1997. Value of different cauliflower cultivars for autumn production in a submontane region as depending upon the planting time. I. Yields and pattern of cropping. Folia Horticulturae 9/2: 3-12.