A gourmet specialty favored by Italian chefs
Popular in Italy, hardy and excellent for early spring greens; great cooked like asparagus. This strain has very long and slender dandelion-like leaves. Pick small for Mesclun salads.Asteraceae Cichorium intybus
Catalogna Puntarelle Dandelion
Radicchio is a type of chicory. These varieties produce a head even without cold weather. However you might have to stimulate them to head up, by cutting off most of the top growth (leave only 2 feet of leaves). The resulting new growth should then form a head. A significant percentage of the plants in a bed won't produce the desired cabbage-like heads.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 35-45 (Spring/Summer), 55-60 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Radicchio is very cold hardy and frost resistant.
- Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Radicchio tastes much better when grown in cold weather. In areas with cool summers radicchio can be treated like lettuce. Plant it 2 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost. Hot weather makes radicchio leaves intensely bitter, so in warm climates it is normally grown as a fall crop. It is started 8 to 12 weeks (depending upon the variety) before the first fall frost. Radicchio thrives in most soil types, but for easy harvesting, a loose, rich, and fairly moist soil is best.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
Full sun is important when Raddicio is growing in cool weather.
Radicchio is like lettuce in that it likes moist cool soil. Hot weather makes its leaves bitter.
For good growth the plants must have all the nutrients they need.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Radicchio is well-suited for container growing. Choose a large container with a minimum depth of 6", and keep it to one plant for every 8 inches of container. Make sure that your container has drainage holes, and fill with a mixture of compost and potting soil. Water thoroughly and regularly, making sure the soil is moist. Keep out of full sun in warmer climates.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Delightfully crisp and bitter.