Olesh Tres Fine Endive Seeds


This packet sows up to 37 feet.
5 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Also called frisée, endive's beautiful lacy leaves will turn ordinary lettuce salad into an upscale, bistro mesclun. The mild flavor blends well with other greens and the crisp, finely cut leaves add interesting texture. Use in the flower garden for an exquisite ornamental.
$1.99 400 mg (~230 seeds)

Botanical Name: Cichorium endivia

Days to Maturity: 42–70 days

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Cultivated; origin unknown

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 6" tall and wide

Variety Information: Rosette with broad, slightly crinkled green leaves with a flavor similar to slightly bitter lettuce.

When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, as soon as soil can be worked, or 8 to 10 weeks before your average first frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall and winter for cool–season harvest. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 60°–70°F; soil temperature over 78°F halts germination.

When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date; transplant outside 4 to 6 weeks after starting inside.

Days to Emerge: 10–14 days

Seed Depth: ⅛"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6"

Row Spacing: 18"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 6"

Harvesting: Harvest in the morning and before temperatures get above 90°F. You might want to discard the outer leaves, as they tend to be more bitter than inner leaves. Dunk plants in cold or ice water to cool, then drain before storing. The leaves can actually be harvested any time in a ôcut-and-come-againö fashion; this is particularly good when seeds are sown too late in the spring, and warm weather is approaching quickly, threatening to cause plants to bolt. In fall, harvest after first couple of light frosts; flavor is actually improved with light frost. When plants are 6" across, entire head can be cut at the base.

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Olesh Tres Fine Endive Seeds Reviews

2 reviews

Tricky to grow

5 out of 5 stars Jun 28, 2020
I've tried direct seeding this variety but it tends to bolt as it can't get any growth in my area before the hot weather hits. But this year I started it early under lights and set it out a couple weeks before last frost and now harvesting some delicious heads of endive. Starting a fall crop under lights now as a fall harvest endive is tastier. It's too hot and dry here to direct seed for fall.
Terence from MA

Tender and mild endive

5 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
This is a lovely variety that germinates well, grows to a beautiful small head and is delicate, mild and tender. Would not consider any other.
Barbara from PA

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