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Endive (Cichorium endivia)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Like chicory, endives benefit from blanching to reduce bitterness. If you're prepared to do this, you can have endive on your plate from August to April by sowing (at 3-4 week intervals) the summer 'frisee' or frilly varities in summer and the broad-leaved varieties in autumn and winter. Endives need a rich soil, preferably manured for a previous crop. The summer varieties need full sun but the autumn/winter varieties benefit from light shade to prevent bolting.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH5.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnok
Before plantingok
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Summer

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow thinly, 1cm deep in drills. Thin when large enough to handle. Water daily.


blanch blanch

On a dry day (leaves will rot if wet), gently gather leaves up and tie and/or cover with a pot or bucket to exclude light. For the flat varieties a plate in the centre of the plant may suffice. Blanch for 2-3 weeks. Protect later crops with cloches or fleece.


harvest harvest

After two to three weeks of blanching harvest by cutting at soil level.


Autumn/winter

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow thinly, 1cm deep in drills. Thin when large enough to handle. Water daily.


blanch blanch

On a dry day (leaves will rot if wet), gently gather leaves up and tie and/or cover with a pot or bucket to exclude light. For the flat varieties a plate in the centre of the plant may suffice. Blanch for 2-3 weeks. Protect with cloches or fleece.


harvest harvest

After two to three weeks of blanching harvest by cutting at soil level.


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