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HOW TO GROW ENDIVE AND ESCAROLE – AN EASY TO FOLLOW GARDENING GUIDE

escarole and endive

PLANTING ENDIVE AND ESCAROLE:

  • For an early summer harvest, sow the seeds indoors 2 months before the last frost date.
  • Thin them to 6 inches apart.
  • After about a month, plant them about 1 foot apart. At this point, the seedlings should be about 5-6 inches in height.
  • Plant them in humus rich soil and full sun.
  • For fall crops, seed in July and sow about 3 seeds per inch. Cover the seeds with 1/3 inch of sand, soil, or compost.
  • Thin the seedlings to at least 1 foot apart.
  • Water regularly, about one inch per week, making sure never to water the leaves.

CARE:

  • Water regularly, and keep leaves dry.
  • Constantly check the soil to make sure it is moist and not dry.

HARVESTING ENDIVE AND ESCAROLE:

  • Harvest entire heads or just leaves when ready.
  • Cut the plant with a knife at ground level.
  • If you leave the root in, a new plant will grow again in spring!

Happy Planting!