Delicious, nutritious greens
Also known as Italian Dandelion. Chicory greens have long, broad, dandelion-like leaves with an asparagus-like flavor. A rapid grower, the leaves and tender spring stalks of Catalogna Emerald can be used for early greens.Asteraceae Cichorium intybus
Chicory is cultivated for three quite different foods, greens, roots (for coffee), and shoots (known as chicons) and specific varieties have been bred for each purpose.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 52-83 (Spring/Summer), 52-83 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Chicory is quite hardy and can overwinter quite well in milder climates.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Chicory tolerates acidic soils with a pH of 5.5-7.0. Nutritional and watering requirements are moderate. Grow in similar soil as lettuce.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
Full sun is important when Chicory is growing in cool weather. The plant is similar to Lettuce in many ways, including its tendency to turn bitter or bolt in hot weather.
Chicory 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. If the soil is poor give them a liquid feed of compost tea, or liquid kelp, every 3 weeks.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Chicory varieties that are grown for their greens are easily grown in containers. Just make sure to select a container 8 to 12 inches deep and 12 inches diameter. Line the bottom with gravel and then cover with potting soil and compost that have been mixed together.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Dark green
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Bright, green asparagus flavor.