Sowing, forcing, harvesting: these are the steps you need to follow to grow endive

Once the endive season is over, get your hands dirty. Attention gardeners, it’s time to sow endive to enjoy it all winter

When should you sow endive?

From now on, that is, from the end from April to the end of June, or even July, depending on the variety. Since they are not sown all at once and by spreading the seed, you can harvest endive for much of the year. The only condition for them to germinate: that your soil is at least 10° degrees.

Keep in mind that the cultivation of endive takes quite a long time. Allow about 6 months for root growth, 10 days of rest and then three weeks of forcing (see below). So, better to be patient and patient.

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Where should you sow endive?

In theory there is no right or wrong place to grow endive. However, to promote the shoots after sowing, it is recommended to: sow your seeds in the sun† If the plans are well developed, you can transplant them in partial shade. On the soil side, the soil should be rich, clayey and, above all, low in nitrogen. You can fertilize it by preparing a natural fertilizer yourself.

How to sow chicory?

Chicory can be sown immediately in the ground† To do this, sow the seeds in rows about 30 cm apart. Thin out regularly for good plant development. From the end of October, i.e. six months after sowing, you should: force. This cultivation technique aims to boost the growth of plants.

To do this, pull the most resistant plants up to the roots. Then cut the leaf about 2 centimeters from the root and dry the endive in a dark, dry place away from the cold (the ideal temperature is 16°C). Store them upright in a crate filled with compost. To finish, cover with potting soil and natural fertilizer, then leave two to three weeks rest† Here your endive is ready to be tasted.

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