Buzzy Organic Endive Cichorium endivia - Organic - Vegetable seeds

Cichorium endivia

Buzzy Organic Endive Cichorium endivia - Organic - Vegetable seeds

Cichorium endivia
Fresh from your own garden
A delicious vegetable that is perfect in a home-made stew or in a fresh salad. It’s easy to grow endive (Cichorium endivia) in your own vegetable garden! The vegetable seeds are organically certified. Sow the vegetable seeds in June and July in a seedbed or in rows outdoors. After three to four weeks plant or thin out the seedlings. Endive is sensitive to colder temperatures and is prone to 'bolting'. That's why it is best to wait with sowing until it is cold at night (< 10°C).
Space the endive seeds 30 cm apart. Space the rows at a distance of 30 cm. Plant at a depth of 0.5 to 1 cm. Plant the vegetable seeds in a nice spot in partial shade or full sun. After sowing, water the seeds adequately. The vegetable seeds come in a bag containing approximately 2 grams. This is enough to sow 25 square metres.
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Specifications:
Latin name: Cichorium endivia
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: Yes
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Harvesting: June - November
Planting+

Endive seed needs no prior treatment. Try planting a new row every 3 weeks or so - then you will always have some fresh endive to hand.

How to Sow

Sow indoors, March-April.
Sow in the garden, April-August.

There are 2 ways to sow your seeds:

  1. In the garden, preferably in full sun, from mid-April through August. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm and draw a straight furrow, 1 cm deep. Label the row and sow the seed as thinly as possible (mixed with some dry sand) between thumb and forefinger along the row. Cover with 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Extra rows and 30 cm apart. Mature endive can tolerate quite a bit of frost but if it is forecast to be below minus 5 degrees centigrade then do use some garden fleece to protect your plants.
  2. Indoors (cold-frame) from early spring. Fill the trays with fine seeding compost and sow the seeds evenly over the soil (mix the seed with fine sand, makes it easier to sow thinly). Cover with a max. 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Cover with a sheet of glass (lid) and stand in the cold-frame. Remove the glass once the sprouts are showing.
Depending on temperature, the seed will germinate in 7-14 days. Thin out and transplant your seedlings after 2-3 weeks. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Everything can go outdoors from mid-April (assuming reasonable weather). Plant a 30 cm intervals, new rows also 30 cm apart in a fertile, moisture retaining soil.
 

Care+

Endives will not tolerate drought - the leaves will soon show stress along the edges. Although the green is then still edible, it is best to avoid this by keeping the soil evenly moist.

Keep the bed weed-free and your endives will thrive.

Try to avoid the endives bolting - forming a flower stem. You will notice it growing taller all of a sudden and it will eventually flower. It is still edible but somewhat more bitter. Best is to harvest your endive before this occurs.

Harvesting

Endives form heads that can be cut just above ground level - or you can flip them up, root and all, with the garden fork. It will actually keep longer in the fridge with the roots on.

Extra+

There are many different varieties of endive nowadays. Some are earlies, others mid-season and others are lates. There are even some that can be grown the whole year through. It all depends on how susceptible to bolting each one is. If you sow an early variety in the summer, it will likely bold immediately, and we don't want that.

Endive belongs in the Asteraceae (or Compositae) family and is related to chicory and lettuce.

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