A Quick Guide To Growing Endive Seeds
Fall planting of Endive plants is a great time to add colorful flowers to your garden and show off your hard work during the gardening season. Though Endive will typically grow best in late spring and early fall, a late fall planting is also great as frost develops and the plant's flavor improves. Best choices of Endive vegetables for a late fall planting are those that are not too woody such as butterbean or carrots. Other popular choices are those that are more woody such as turnips, butternut squash, and radishes.
Although many consider them woody, most fall-blooming, and hairy varieties of endive are actually grasses. Grass-type endives such as Bermuda grass, rye grass, and bluegrass make an attractive and practical landscape plant. Even if the flowering tops do not reach above the ground, the beautiful blue-green leaves provide a background for colorful flowers throughout the season. Best choices of flowering endives for late summer and fall are those with nice fragrance (compared to some of the other more "dead" flowers) and that develop deep green, shiny roots. Endive plants are particularly well-suited for container gardening.
In addition to their ability to tolerate dry soil and withstand heat, many prefer growing endives in containers because they're so easy to care for. Growing them in pots allows you to move your plants to wherever they will fit best without fear of them being permanently rooted. Even better, because they're more or less self-sustaining, container plants rarely require regular watering. And since they have deeper roots than their seed-grown friends, frequent pruning of the roots not only stimulates new growth but also helps endives retain water and nutrients.
If your goal is to include perennial herbs in your spring gardening mix, there's a good chance you will want to grow some chimes along with your other flowers. Chimes look great when planted up higher in the garden where they can catch and reflect the sunlight as it falls on them. If you want to provide an accent for flowering annuals and perennials, you can easily do so by planting your chimes among the flowers you want to compliment, such as lavender. By planting them closer together, you'll be able to save space for more important growing endives.
When selecting which variety of chime to plant, you have several options. Some chimes come already growing, ready to plant right after you dig out the seed packet. Others, like dwarf chins, will need to be dug up first and then placed into the hole, lined up with the flowers you want to complement. And for those who like a more natural look, you may choose to simply plant an assortment of endive plants in the garden around your chinchilla cage.
Endive trees can add more than just color to your garden. They also offer shelter to the chinchillas you plan to raise. Chinchillas are native to the Andes Mountains and live in burrows and tunnels. Since they are burrowing animals, a safe place for them to grow is a protected area outside the confines of your house or outside the walls of your enclosure.
There are many varieties of chinchilla that are suitable for regular chinchilla care. The most popular ones are: purple-faced chinchilla, golden-faced, black-cheeked, Chinese chinchilla and the Florida black chinchilla. You should keep in mind, however, that most of these varieties require a lot more maintenance than endive varieties. That is why you will probably want to begin with a small seedling so that you can get started with your chinchilla care before you decide to raise a full-grown chinchilla.
To germinate these seeds, plant five to ten seedlings directly into a three inches of soil. The idea is that the seeds are not exposed to too much heat or moisture. Within about ten days, the tiny plants should appear. If the seeds do not germinate, remove them and plant new seeds. Continue your chinchilla care with fresh seeds until the chinchilla grows and sprouts, about two to three years after you first started gardening chinchillas.