Curled Ruffec 'Endive ,Endive Seeds
Very hardy and resistant to cold wet weather. Flavor actually improves after light frost! Matures 75 to 100 days after sowing.
Detailed Green Curled Ruffec Endive Info: Cichorium endivia. Also known as frisee. Annual. 95 days. 23,000 seeds per oz. 6-12" height. 9-12" spacing. Produces 15" green heads.
The deeply cut, dark green leaves blanch easily. 23,000 seeds per oz
This heirloom variety produces deeply cut dark-green leaves in loose heads which blanche to cream in the center. Adds great crisp texture to salads and beautiful appearance adds character to your garden!
Planting: Sow seeds indoors before last frost, or direct sow seeds outside . Plant seeds about 1/4 under soil surface, with 12 between plants, and 18 to 24 between rows.
- Vegetable Botanical Name: Cichorium endivia
- Vegetable Duration: Annual
- Vegetable Days to Maturity: 95
- Vegetable Height: 6 to 12
- Vegetable Spacing: 9 to 12
Growing Green Curled Ruffec Endive Seeds: Keep the soil moist to prevent toughness or a bitter taste, but avoid getting the leaves wet as this may cause rotting. Mulch helps conserve moisture and control weeds. If desired, blanch the leaves about 2-3 weeks before harvesting by tying together the outer leaves to shade the inner part of the plant. Make sure that the leaves of the plant are completely dry before tying them, or rotting may result.
Harvesting Green Curled Ruffec Endive: Cut individual leaves for baby greens as soon as they reach a good size for eating. Cut mature heads off at the base. For additional growth, leave an inch of stem.
Saving Green Curled Ruffec Endive Seeds: Endive needs to be overwintered in order to produce seed. For areas with severe winters, this requires cutting the plant down to 2" and storing the roots in a humid location in damp sand at 33-40 degrees F until spring, when they can be replanted. Endive can survive milder winters with a thick layer of mulch. Allow the plant to flower and go to seed; when the seed heads are dry and the seeds feel dry and firm, spread them out on a surface to dry for at least 10 days. Either plant the seed heads whole or clean them by putting them in a bag and applying pressure with a heavy weight. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to eight years.