PLANT - LETTUCE: ENDIVE
Endive and escarole are cool-season biennials grown as annuals. Both are salad greens similar to lettuce but stronger flavored. Both are commonly blanched to give them a paler appearance and milder flavor. Both grow from a large rosette of light-green leaves in the center that gradate to dark-green at the outer edges. Escarole has broader leaves; endive is commonly curled and often toothed. Endive is different from Belgian endive which is the young blanched sprout of the chicory plant. Can be grown in containers (6 inch pots or larger). Endive has no serious disease problems.
Companion plants: Radish, turnips, parsnip. Do not plant with pumpkin or squash.
PRO TIP: Plant 8-10 week before outside temps reach 75+ degrees. A light frost won’t hurt them and can even improve the flavor of the leaves, but a hard freeze will kill off most cultivars.
Like lettuce, if endive gets too much heat, the leaves become bitter and tough, and the plant bolts.
LOCATION: FULL SUN / PARTIAL SHADE -- at least 6 hours of sun/day
MATURES: 85-100 days
PLANT SPACING: 16" inches apart
PLANT SZE: ~8" tall
CONTAINER: 3.25" SQUARE
NOTE: CAN NOT SHIP -- PICK UP OR DELIVERY ONLY
>> planted January 21, 2021.