Growing Doomsday Cauliflower Seeds

This is our page on growing doomsday cauliflower seeds. It tells how many cauliflower seeds one would need on hand in an emergency situation in order to grow your own food.

Cauliflower is basically a cool weather crop.  I have grown cauliflower down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. You can find cauliflower in four colors: white, purple, orange and green but the white and purple are the only ones that have varieties that are open pollinated. All four colors can be found as hybrids.

Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked. It is good either way. Now, cauliflower is being riced and used as a substitute for mashed potatoes and even pizza crust!

One seed will produce one head. Most heads will make three cups of cauliflower. Heads can weigh up to six pounds. While in Afghanistan, I saw some heads that were at least eight  pounds.

One cup of cauliflower has about 25 calories. This is not a good vegetable to live on but it has other good stuff in it. It is rich in fiber.

One head produces about 125 calories. You would have to eat 5 heads or 48 cups of cauliflower a day to survive on a 1200 calorie diet. 5 heads per day is about 1825 plants per year. 

It would be impossible for one person to grow this much in one year. But unless you have a freezer or will be pickling your cauliflower, you will not need much since cauliflower cannot be canned so it must be eaten fresh. It will only last 24 to 48 hours unless you have a way to keep it cool. Then it will last 4 to 7 days.

Pickling it will allow you to keep if for up to one year. I have not tried pickled cauliflower myself so I am not sure how it tastes. (Just ordered some from Amazon. I guess I will find out.) (10-20-2018--I received the cauliflower.  It is a bit hard but tastes okay.  I guess it could be cooked longer for a softer bite.) In order to pickle you would need to have a way to make vinegar.

One plant can produce thousands of seeds.

Let's say you would need 2,000 seeds a year to grow enough for one person plus have seeds for next year, emergencies like crop failure and for trading and scavengers.

Planting and Growing Doomsday Cauliflower Seeds

Cauliflower is a cool weather crop. Does not like temps when it gets around 80 tp 85 degrees. In our area we would plant for fall and early spring harvest.

It can be direct sown or started in pots to be used as transplants. Eventually the pots will become brittle and unusable so it may be best just to learn how to grow from direct sowing the seeds.

Stagger your planting so that not all of it matures as once.

Plant 2 to 3 seeds every 18 inches. Once they turn into seedlings, remove the two weakest. Do not let them grow together or you will not get a very good head. They must be thinned. Keep the soil moist. But do not over water.

Use your pepper repellent and watch for any insects. They will love the new leaves. At first, use your pepper spray around the plant but do not plant on it. White radish can also be planted around your plant to help ward of some insects.

Once the plants are eight inches tall, you can use your pepper spray on the plants.

Plants for Growing Doomsday Cauliflower Seeds

There are two open pollinated colors for growing doomsday cauliflower seeds. They are white and purple. David's Garden Seeds has both of these colors. The white is called Amazing and the purple is called Purple of Sicily.

You will want to grow both colors so that when scavengers see the purple cauliflower they will think something is wrong with it since they are used to seeing white in the stores.

Amazing cauliflower forms a white head. For late summer, fall and where winters are mild. Medium-sized plants with domed, solid curds and self-blanching, upright wrapper leaves when well fed. Tolerant to both heat and cold stress. Harvest in about 80 days. Germination rate about 80% or better.

Purple of Sicily cauliflower is an open-pollinated purple cauliflower variety, and is generally regarded to be the oldest variety. A great Italian heirloom that tastes better than the hybrids. Harvest in about 80 days. Germination rate about 80% or better.


It does not do any good to grow stuff just to have scavenges take it. You have to use some trickery in order to keep some of what you are growing. As long as you have, other will come to take. You can try some deception or you may have to be willing to kill, not injury for they can get better and come back, someone trying to take what you have.

YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT YOU WILL DO AHEAD OF TIME. You cannot confront scavengers and decide what to do in the heat of the moment. Have a plan.

There are several ways to kill.

One is to use weapons. Requires stock piling and practice. You will probably have a few weapons on hand for hunting.

The other is poison. You will have to research this yourself. I am not going to say anymore for fear that those who watch the web for subversives may see this and target me as a terrorist.

The other is to come up with creative ways to hide your food, seed and other supplies.

Have two caches of everything. One in which the scavengers can find easily and one they cannot. You will have to act a bit when they find the easy cache. Act like it is the end of your life if they take it.

Use the rule of Thirds I have come up with. 1/3 for growing next crop, 1/3 for scavengers and 1/3 for emergencies or trading.

You can survive a doomsday event but you have to prepare ahead of time.

Make a small garden and practice growing.

Have a plan.

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