"Green Curled Ruffec" Endive Seeds - Heirloom Endive Seeds (50)
The Green Curled Ruffec is a classic heirloom endive that adds a tasty and unusual punch to any salad or mesclun mix. Plant Green Curled Ruffec endive indoors or out and enjoy a bountiful harvest.Grows up to 15 Inches Heads
90 Days to Harvest
Will tolerate some shade, but prefers full sun exposure
Very easy-to-grow by direct seed in full sun. Planted from early spring to early summer and again from late summer through fall. Succession plantings every 2-3 weeks are recommended for a continual harvest. Harvest above growth point for cut-and-come-again production or thin for full head harvest. Plant Seeds: 1/8" deep with 1-2" between seeds. Soil Temp: 50-85 F. Days to Sprout: 3-12. Thin To/Mature Plant Spacing: don't thin for baby greens, 8-10" mature heads. Seeds/oz: 15,000. Seed Wt./100' Row: 3g. Yield/100' row: 25-35lbs. Days to Harvest: baby leaves in 35, mature greens in 55. Seed Viability: 3-4 yrs.
'Green Curled Ruffec'Endive seeds, HEIRLOOM, VERY HARDY. ORGANIC
The deeply cut, dark green leaves blanch easily.
This heirloom variety produces deeply cut dark-green leaves in loose heads which blanche to cream in the center. Adds great crisp texture to salads and beautiful appearance adds character to your garden! Very hardy and resistant to cold wet weather. Flavor actually improves after light frost! Matures 75 to 100 days after sowing.
Planting: Sow seeds indoors before last frost, or direct sow seeds outside . Plant seeds about 1/4â under soil surface, with 12 between plants, and 18 to 24 between rows.
Vegetable Botanical Name: Cichorium endivia
Vegetable Duration: Annual
Vegetable Days to Maturity: 95
Vegetable Height: 6 to 12
Vegetable Spacing: 9 to 12
Green Curled Ruffec Endive Germination: Endive makes an excellent fall crop, since light frost sweetens the taste, and excess heat causes bitterness in the leaves or bolting. For an early summer crop, sow seeds indoors 2 months before the last spring frost; sow them 1/4" deep. When the seedlings emerge, thin them to 6" apart. Four weeks after planting them, set them outside 12" apart. For a fall crop, direct sow seeds in July. Water the ground, scatter the seeds on the surface, then cover with 1/3" of soil. When the seedlings emerge, thin them to 12" in all directions. Areas with warmer winters may be able to plant a winter crop about two months before the last frost.
Growing Green Curled Ruffec Endive Seeds: Keep the soil moist to prevent toughness or a bitter taste, but avoid getting the leaves wet as this may cause rotting. Mulch helps conserve moisture and control weeds. If desired, blanch the leaves about 2-3 weeks before harvesting by tying together the outer leaves to shade the inner part of the plant. Make sure that the leaves of the plant are completely dry before tying them, or rotting may result.
Harvesting Green Curled Ruffec Endive: Cut individual leaves for baby greens as soon as they reach a good size for eating. Cut mature heads off at the base. For additional growth, leave an inch of stem.
Saving Green Curled Ruffec Endive Seeds: Endive needs to be overwintered in order to produce seed. For areas with severe winters, this requires cutting the plant down to 2" and storing the roots in a humid location in damp sand at 33-40 degrees F until spring, when they can be replanted. Endive can survive milder winters with a thick layer of mulch. Allow the plant to flower and go to seed; when the seed heads are dry and the seeds feel dry and firm, spread them out on a surface to dry for at least 10 days. Either plant the seed heads whole or clean them by putting them in a bag and applying pressure with a heavy weight. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to eight years.
Detailed Green Curled Ruffec Endive Info: Cichorium endivia. Also known as frisee. Annual. 95 days. 23,000 seeds per oz. 6-12" height. 9-12" spacing. Produces 15" green heads.