Endive - Cultivation
Endive is a cool and long season crop that grows best in sunny locations with some shade. It requires well-draining and loose, fertile soil and needs to be watered regularly to retain moisture in the soil. Once Endive matures and grows thick roots, the heads can be removed and the roots replanted in a container in a dark place. This process, also known as forcing, produces white heads that are less bitter and have a more pleasing flavor. Endive can be started from seed indoors in the spring 2-4 weeks before the last frost and then transplanted when the danger of frost has passed. It is ready for harvest 80-90 days after planting.