When to pull Belgian endive?

tishtoshnm Zone 6/NMOctober 21, 2012

I sowed Belgian endive and it has been growing wonderfully. We have had a couple of frosts and then some warm weather but a cold front should be moving in some time next week. When do I pull the Belgian endive to bring inside for forcing a little later in the winter? Thank you.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Any time actually but why force them inside? In your zone/location they can easily thrive outdoors during the winter with just a bit of protection and will be much better flavored. Grown inside they turn bitter as they need that chill to sweeten.

Dave

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 3:48PM
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tishtoshnm Zone 6/NM

Hmmm, if I allow them to grow outside, do I trim them down for the pale head and then cover with straw? It is not something I had considered before. I was planning to cover that bed anyway as there is gremulo rossa growing and I am waiting for the cold to turn it rosso.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 5:06PM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

Any updates on your endive?
This is the first time i've grown it. I've got some in 5 gallon buckets on a heat mat with black plastic garbage bags over them to exclude light. They have been sprouting for about 3 weeks and they look like this!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 2:06PM
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