Planting endive plants - tips from sowing to harvest

The endive is a tender, curly lettuce that is easy to grow. You just have to stick to our tips if you want to plant endive plants.

Endives taste slightly tart

The endive, which is rich in vitamin A, is a typical autumn salad, which due to its somewhat tart taste is often mixed with other, more sweet-tasting types of lettuce and potatoes (e.g. as a potato endive salad).

The endive in the gardens became popular because it is sown at the earliest from mid-June, but is still completely sufficient until the end of July or early August. The endive salad is therefore ideally suited as a follow-up to fruit and vegetables that have already been harvested.


Salad sowing should take place in a sunny location with humus-rich soil, which you may have supplied with sufficient compost beforehand. Spread the seeds as loosely as possible on the surface of the earth and cover with about 0.5 centimeters of soil and water well.

" Tip:

When buying the seeds, pay attention to varieties that are as firm as possible.


During the germination phase, you have to water the endive salad, which grows up to 70 centimeters high, so that the first small plants sprout after only about 10 days. From this point on, you can also fertilize the salad if necessary. Whereby an ecologically harmless fertilizer is completely sufficient.

" Tip:

Tie up the endive salad carefully before harvest, bleach the outer leaves better and the overall taste of the salad will be milder.


Depending on the sowing date, you can harvest the endive from August until November. If stored cool and dry, you can even keep it for up to 5 days, which is an advantage for the sometimes quite large crop plants.

" Tip:

In the meantime, more frost-resistant varieties are also available in specialist shops, which means that even a light onset of winter can still harvest the lettuce edibly.

By the way:

You don't always have to prepare the endive as a salad. You can e.g. also eat warm - similar to spinach.