Gourmet Greens - Organic

Benefine Endive Organic

Benefine Endive Organic

MS518

Cichorium endivia 75 days. This Tres Fin type endive flaunts dense heads of finely cut, succulent leaves. The frost-hardy plants reach 5 inches tall and a broad, 13 inches across with emerald leaves that blanch to a creamy heart. The full-bodied leaves offer excellent texture and a sweet-touched-with-bitter flavor to round out more mildly flavored greens in winter salads. The crop has very good field-holding capacity and remains less bitter than other endives in its class.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 150 seeds per 1/4 gram.
  • MS518/L
  • 1/4 gram Organic
  • $3.25

  • MS518/M
  • 1 gram Organic
  • $6.90

  • MS518/N
  • 1000 seeds Organic
  • $9.95

  • MS518G1
  • 5M Organic
  • $44.00

  • MS518G2
  • 25M Organic
  • $191.25
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-70°F2-151/4-1/2"6-12"1-2"16-18"Listed per varietyLow


Savor the flavors that fill the kitchens of Europe. Fast and easy to grow, greens are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Enjoy them in soups, lightly steamed, or raw for a low calorie and highly nutritious part of your diet.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Gourmet greens perform best when planted in early spring or fall
• Most will tolerate light to moderate frosts with minimal cover
• Plants are most vigorous and the flavors are better when daytime air temperatures are between 60-70°F
• Most greens are best direct sown
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover seeds with Reemay or Grow Guard 20 to help deter birds and improve germination
• Sow greens every couple of weeks to ensure a continuous supply of young plants

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• Thin as soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed

Transplanting
• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids and flea beetles
Insect control: Strong spray of water, or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and proper plant spacing allows air circulation to prevent molds

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest greens frequently and when young
• As with all greens, a rinse in cold water will help preserve the flavor and texture