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Endive Seeds, Full Heart Batavian

Cichorium endivia
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This escarole type of endive has dark green leaves that are broad, coarse and crumpled in appearance but not curly. Popular as an addition to any salad or may be cooked as greens. Harvest as you would lettuce by cutting them just below the lower leaves. They will withstand a touch of frost but not a hard freeze.

  • SKU: 101263
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
10 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
80 to 85 days
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Cichorium endivia
  • Fill Weight (grams): 1
  • Approximate Seed Count: 800-850
  • Characteristics: frost-sensitive
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Sharp taste
  • Preparation Ideas: Eat like other greens, either fresh as part of a green salad. Saute or chop and add to soups and stews.
  • Awards: AAS (All-America Selections)
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Endive seeds should be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Optimum soil temperature (not air temperature) should be 5-27°C (40-81°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 1.3 cm (1/2") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions.

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  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Plant Spacing: 20 cm (8")
  • Row Spacing: 45 cm (18")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Tolerates light shade and light frosts.
  • Endive can be bothered with bolting, which occurs when a plant prematurely flowers and goes to seed. This can be caused when the plant is exposed to a period of extreme weather such as heat. Avoid sowing seed in very hot weather and water plants regularly and deeply to prevent heat stress.
  • Endive can be harvested either as a 'cut and come again' crop for salad leaves in as little as a month by pinching off the outer leaves, leaving some on the plant for future growth. Or left to mature into a head by cutting the head at ground level.

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