Forcing Types of Chicory
Cichorium intybus 'Chicons'
9 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Forcing Types of Chicory Overview
Cichorium intybus can be group together into three distinctive types of Chicory - Forcing, Radicchio & Sugar Loaf. Forcing types have been bred for their plump leafy heads that are perfect for forcing production of 'chicons' when blanched. Sow in May and June, thinning seedlings to 15cm apart and provide plenty of water during dry periods. Force the heads by lifting the roots in November, and storing in trays of cool sand until needed. Plant the roots in a pot of moist compost with the crown exposed. Cover to exclude light and keep the container between 10 to 15C (50 - 60F). The chicons are normally ready to be harvested 4 weeks later. Chicory is very similar to Endive and is grown in the same way, and to confuse matters, it is commonly known as Endive by the French. The most commonly known forcing type is 'Wifloof' sometimes spelt 'Witlof'
Common problems with Forcing Types of Chicory
How to harvest Forcing Types of Chicory
Forced 'chicons' are ready to be harvested when they are roughly 15cm in height.
How to propagate Forcing Types of Chicory
You can propagate by seeds in the autumn or spring.
Special features of Forcing Types of Chicory
Other uses of Forcing Types of Chicory
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Edible to Sow Under Cover in May
Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.