Endive is a leafy green that is similar to lettuce, but with a slightly thicker leaf. The leaves remind me of a Romaine type of lettuce.
May 28, 2016 = Day 0. Plants started from seed (Park Seed Co.). Seeds sowed in 1.5-inch rockwool cube in 2-inch net-pot. Moistened with Seedling Blend, a dilute blend of fertilizers. N-P-K (in ppm): 22-29-16.
May 30 = Day 2. Plant germinated, placed directly under a fluorescent light (2 ft. T8 bulb, 17W, 6500k) for 16 hours per day.
Jun 15 = Day 18. Installed plant into a 2-gallon bucket using Jungle Juice Blend, a regular-strength fertilizer blend. N-P-K (in ppm): 113-79-147. Plant moved to indoor grow room, receiving 9 hours LED grow light per day.
Jul 11 = Day 44. Began harvesting lower leaves for use in salads.
Aug 4 = Day 68. Container was almost empty, so I added 0.75 gallon of fresh fluid, this time using the Masterblend-based Regular-Strength Blend. N-P-K (in ppm): 103-95-202.
Aug 13 = Day 77. Added 0.5 gallon Regular-Strength Blend. Leaves are now developing a spicy flavor. Also, indoor grow room is very hot (> 80 °F during the day), so the use of the LED grow light was discontinued. Plant is now receiving 3-4 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Aug 25 = Day 89. Added 0.75 gallon Regular-Strength Blend.
Sep 3 = Day 98. Added 0.25 gallon Regular-Strength Blend.
Sep 11 = Day 106. Added 0.75 gallon Regular-Strength Blend.
Sep 17 = Day 112. I have been continuing to harvest the lower leaves for salads, and they have been tasting great. Unfortunately, I recently discovered mites on a few of the leaves, so rather than deal with the mites, I will discard the plant at this time. This plant did very well for me, providing many salads. Total fluid used = 4 gallons.