New World Record
Heartiest congratulations to Peter Glazebrook on smashing the current World Record for the heaviest Cauliflower. Peter weighed two on Easter Monday, the first one was only 51.15lb (23.22Kg) but the larger plant (the one featured on my blog) weighed 60.54lb (27.485kg) beating the existing 1999 record of 54lb 3oz (24.6kg). The trimming and weighing was witnessed by two NVS judges and five other observers.
The Cauliflower variety is Darwin grown from plug plants started in July 2013, they were sent to Peter by a commercial grower in Cornwall during August. They were grown on in pots of John Inness no2 in the greenhouse, planting 3 of them into his small tunnel in large pots of John Inness no3 compost during Oct. They were kept frost free over the winter and early spring, including covering them with fleece every night and watering very frequently with firstly Calcium Nitrate, changing to a high Potash feed once they started to heart up about a month ago. They were shaded in the tunnel during recent clear sunny days. Peter had to guard against caterpillars in the autumn but otherwise no pests or disease problem.
Well done Peter another World Record broken in the UK.