Endive seeds are a little bit more difficult to grow, but when you got a little green thumb, it's worth a try! Perhaps you're looking at an upcoming party as your next project. If you're a beginner, then these "braided endive" seeds will make the perfect starter plant for your next get together. The great thing about these seeds is that they can be used year round for any kind of gardening project.
As soon as you plant your seeds you'll notice that some of your plants have plant problems and some of your seeds have plant problems too! This means you need to take a closer look at what kind of plant problems you're having on your plant before you plant. Here's a quick guide to help you know which problems to look for.
Belgian endive roots are notorious for their tendency to form clumps and burrows. If you find yourself with a bunch of clumps of Belgian endive leaves and roots in your garden, then it's a good idea to remove them. This is because if the roots are left to grow continuously, you'll find yourself with a whole bunch of burrows in your garden. This isn't to say, however, that you should leave the roots alone. It's just that if you've spotted an issue with your planting, then you may want to consider removing the Belgian endive completely from your garden so you can avoid the following plant problem.
When you spot an issue with planting your Belgian endive and it's causing a problem with your garden, one of your first tasks should be to pull the whole plant from the ground. Don't worry; this doesn't mean you have to pull it all the way down. Just cut off some of the lower roots and discard. (For best results, don't cut too much off.) Then you can start replanting the whole thing. (You may want to divide the Belgian witloof chicory endive into two separate plants if it hasn't already been planted into a flower bed.)
To avoid having a bunch of little circles in your flowerbed, use a spade to dig out the little pockets your Belgian endives have formed. Place the spade in the hole and make sure the height is about three times what it was when you pulled the plant from the ground. Once the hole is dug, add a little compost to the bottom of the hole. Then you're ready to sow.
When you're ready to sow your Belgian endives, make sure you water them well after you pull them out of the ground. Watering them will help the soil to become loose, and the water will also help the roots absorb nutrients more readily. After the area has been sopped up and made wet, place your plants on top of the wet garden soil. Keep in mind that your chicories won't grow directly onto the soil, but rather need to sit in a bit of a platter. Keep the gap between the soil and your plants about a foot to give your endives a chance to settle into place before they begin growing their roots.
When the planting begins, you'll want to spread out your planting area as far as you can. This allows the roots to spread out so the chines will grow as large as possible. The best time for planting your Belgian endives is late in the afternoon or early evening. This is when the chicles are just starting to set, and the wind will be blowing from the north. The heat from this heat will help to loosen up the roots so that they can develop a deeper, fuller root system.
You can expect your new chinchillas to begin growing within 2 weeks, although some have been known to take a bit longer. Just be sure to water well after they have been planted. Be sure to water all areas equally, taking care to moisten the soil between each potted plant. Be sure to keep your plants well watered, especially if you are growing Belgian endives that are starting to show signs of leaves. Be sure to remove any over-watered plants before the next watering.