Endive – Perlita


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): 22-12-13.

May 30 = Day 2.  Plant germinated, placed directly under a fluorescent light (2 ft. T8 bulb, 17W, 6500k) for 16 hours per day.

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Jun 6 = Day 9

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): 113-35-122.  Plant moved to indoor grow room, receiving 9 hours LED grow light per day.

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Jun 16 = Day 19
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Jul 6 = Day 39

Jul 11 = Day 44.  Began harvesting lower leaves for use in salads.

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Jul 25 = Day 58

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): 103-41-168.

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Aug 11 = Day 75

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.

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