(Cichorium endivia) 50 – 100 days. Salad King Heirloom Open Pollinated Endive can be harvested as a baby leaf. As it matures it produces large dark green finely cut leaves that are vigorous and non bolting. Tie or rubber band outer leaves to blanch the inner 22 to 24 heart with white ribs. Salad King performs well under stress and works good as a summer or fall crop. Resists tip burn and frost.
Planting Instructions for Salad King Endive Seeds
Salad King Endive is a cool season green (withstanding moderate frosts), which likes lots of even moisture and rich well drained soil. For Spring planting, you can plant Endive seeds 2-4 weeks before the last frost, and for Fall crops plant 2-3 months before expected first frost. For an early Endive crop in spring start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost, and transplant outdoors 2 weeks before last frost. To direct sow Heirloom Endive seeds outdoors, sprinkle seeds evenly and cover with ¼” of soil, in wide rows 18″ apart. Germination should occur in 5-15 days in soil 45-75°F. Thin to 8-12″ apart. Mulch will help retain moisture and suppress weeds for optimum growth. Can start harvesting outer leaves when big enough to use. When Salad King Endive plants are full grown, cut off at the base to harvest.