Common chicory

Bright blue flowers - and edible leaves and root !
Common name : Common chicory
Scientific name : Cichorium intybus
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
Full description for Cichorium intybus not yet available.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 15 - 30
pH 6 - 8

Plant my common chicory

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my common chicory

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

Hill up my common chicory

After at least 170 days of cultivation, in October-November the roots are pulled up to start endive culture. Dig up the roots and let them dry for 10 days on the ground. Choose the plants in good condition, shorten all the leaves to 5 cm and the roots to 20 cm.

Dibble my common chicory

10 days after pulling off the roots, transplant them into a trench about one spade deep, tight to one another. Cover with a layer of 20 cm of fine, sandy soil.

Reap my common chicory

From January, you can harvest your chicory. To do this, remove the soil that covers them, take the well-formed leaves and cover them again to allow a second harvest.

Harvesting my common chicory

Harvest a second time a week after your first harvest, in the same way.

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