Salad King Endive Seeds (Chicorium endiva)Packet of 350 Seeds
Single Packet of 350 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
The hardy Salad King Endive (Cichorium endivia) originates from places such as Egypt and Greece, making for a endive plant species that adapts well to Northern American climates. This is a giant plant that produces a great yield of dark green endive leaves with white ribs. The Salad King Endive is one of the best endive varieties on the market due to its robust size, good bolt resistance, frost tolerance and ability to produce well under harsh conditions that would otherwise kill other plants of its kind.
The Cichorium endivia germinate well during the autumn, winter, and early spring seasons, growing to be 12 inches tall. Its leaves are long, curled and deeply cut with dark blades and pale-green midrib. The leaves have an enjoyable bitter flavor, but can be blanched to quell some of that bitterness. A light late autumn or early spring frost is known to enhance the taste of this plant as well. Whether cooked as a leaf vegetable, used raw as a tasty salad, or as a topping to burgers and sandwiches, this is definitely the "king" of salads.
The Salad King Endive has a large number of pests, but to name a few of the most common they are:
The harvest ant can be very bad for fledgling Chichorium Endivia crops, eating the seedlings and carrying the plant seeds and seedlings back to their nests. Flea beetles vary in color depending upon species, nevertheless they all have hard bodies and large hind legs, which assist them in jumping far when threatened. These beetles are very destructive to a stand establishment, laying their eggs in the soil, on leaves, or in holes and crevices within the endives head. The subsequent larvae, along with the adults, will feed on most if not all parts of the plant. Small holes and pits on the leaves are a good sign that your crop may be infested by them. Below you can find a list of other possible pests along with a link to their description for more in-depth information.
- Coleoptera (Beetles)
- Diptera (Leafminers)
- Lepidoptera (Cutworm)
- Homoptera (Aphid)
- Thysanoptera (Thrips)
Sowing The Seed
Endive seeds are best established directly out in the garden, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Begin by clearing the sowing area of all unwanted plant life and weeds. Create rows, sowing each seed at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. Check below for additional spacing and growth habits.
Endives will thrive in an area of full sunlight, with temperatures of at least 45F to 75F. The soil should be rich in organic matter, but also well drained. We recommend adding a light compost to areas that contain hard, compact soil, to improve drainage. Water your plants with a light water setting to provide ample moisture, but be careful not to overwater.
Germination & Growth
Endive seeds will begin to germinate in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will reach a mature height of roughly 12 inches tall and can spread a good 24 inches wide. Sow in rows, spacing the plants 12 inches apart, in rows that are spaced 18 inches apart. Harvest after roughly 90 to 95 days.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.