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When to pull Belgian endive?

Posted by tishtoshnm 6/NM (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 21, 12 at 19:05

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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RE: When to pull Belgian endive?

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


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RE: When to pull Belgian endive?

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.


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RE: When to pull Belgian endive?

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!

endive


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