200 Seeds per pack
(Cichorium endivia) 55 – 150 days. Witloof Heirloom Open Pollinated Endive was discovered in the mid 1800’s in Belgium. Cut Witloof Endive early for tender baby leafs or let it grow in your garden for a full season Endive. Witloof plants grow 15 to 18″ tall with a mild acidic flavor. Roots can be dried and toasted for a coffee substitute. In the fall you can trim the tops off and transplant indoors for a winter crop.
Planting Instructions for Witloof Endive Seeds
Heirloom / Open Pollinated 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 Heirloom Endive plant is full grown, cut off at the base to harvest.