Cauliflower vs broccoli: Spot the difference

Cauliflower (left) and broccoli (right). The two crops are affected by the same pests and diseases and require cool temperatures and when choosing the variety to grow, one should consider the colour, size and heat-tolerance. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • They both belong to brassica family hence show similar growth patterns and appearance. Some of plants which also belong to this family are kales and cabbages.
  • The two crops are affected by the same pests and diseases and require cool temperatures. When choosing the variety to grow, one should consider the colour, size and heat-tolerance.
  • Depending on the nutrients available in the soil, DAP can be used during planting and top dressing done in week four using CAN or urea to enhance the vegetative growth.
  • Diseases that affect the crops include black rot and downy mildew, and this is prevented by cultural methods such as crop rotation, field hygiene and use of chemicals where necessary.

In my daily field encounters, one of the things I have realised is confusing to both farmers and consumers is the differences between broccoli and cauliflower.

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