Endive seeds are easy to grow and yield a bountiful harvest. They make a good, inexpensive crop to add to your garden. When used in home gardens, it can be grown along with other small seeds to help reduce the amount of work you have to do in order to produce a harvest. In addition, you will enjoy the fresh taste of these endive plants. Here are a few reasons that you might want to grow some of these types of seeds.
Frost Free Gardening: These are some plants that are perfect for frost free gardening. Because of their small size, they will not take up much of your yard. If you are planting them in your garden to provide hardy varieties that can withstand frosts, you will find that these are an ideal choice. Endive is also a good to toss in a salad or to saute and add to various dishes you might cook during the winter months.
Easy Growing: You can plant many different kinds of spring bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, freesias and orchids. However, for them to grow they require rich soil and plenty of nutrients. In order to ensure that your endive plant receives the proper nutrition you will need to include them in your spring garden planting. For the most part, all you need to do is to sprinkle a little of fertilizer and keep the roots well watered. If you plant them in well-drained soil, you will find that your endive seeds germinate easily and within a short period of time begin to grow.
Control Frost Weeds: One of the benefits of using this type of plant in your gardening efforts is that they can tolerate frost and below freezing temperatures. When fall and winter are approaching, you will want to ensure that your lawn, garden and plants do not succumb to frost. Frost is extremely hard on your garden soil, especially when wind chill levels reach thirty degrees Fahrenheit or even below. For this reason, you will want to ensure that you make provisions for controlling the development of frost. For this purpose, you can plant the endive seeds just ahead of frost, as this will inhibit the development of root cells that are in the process of developing.
Control Drought: Just like the leaves of plants and trees, so too can endive seeds be affected by temperatures and precipitation. When it comes to growing the fern family in your yard, you need to ensure that they do not get waterlogged to the point of withering. You can do this by purchasing a sprinkler head that is specifically designed to water ferns during dry spells. You may also want to water the plant from the bottom, especially during the summer. This will ensure that the endives do not become too water logged, which can lead to root rot and leaf discoloration.
Fertilize: As with any other plants or seeds, you need to fertilize your plants each year to ensure that they develop healthily. This can be done by applying organic matter in the form of compost or straw to the soil. Simultaneously planting cover crops in the area will also help to conserve moisture, which can also help you with the fertilization process. When it comes to fertilizing your Endive seeds, you should make sure that you follow the instructions that come with the seeds. If you do not, you can purchase commercially available fertilizer.
Protect the Plants from Insects: One of the primary diseases that infects most Endive plants, and can ultimately kill them, is stem disease. As with all parts of your garden, you need to make sure that you protect the root system of your plant by using netting or any other method that is available to protect the plant from wind and debris, and from animals and insects. You can use a rotating screen to keep larger animals away from the ends of your plants, which will also keep the insects away from the foliage of your endive plants, which is particularly important during the spring and summer seasons when these pests are very active.
When you grow endive plants, you can rest assured that they will be here to greet you for many years to come. They can tolerate some dry spells, but overall they are quite resilient and tolerant of conditions, especially as long as you make sure that they are taken care of properly. If you want, you can start seeds indoors in a small indoor garden and just keep them going. In the end, you should be very happy with the results, and you should have an extremely pleasant garden full of healthy, colorful flowers that is full of vibrant color all year around.