Radicchio Types of Chicory
Cichorium intybus 'Red'
9 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Radicchio Types of Chicory Overview
Cichorium intybus can be group together into three distinctive types of Chicory - Forcing, Radicchio & Sugar Loaf. Radicchio or Red types have been bred for their leafy heads that turn red in response to the change in daylight. They can be blanched to produce crisp red and white round heads. Sow in June and July, thinning seedlings to 30cm apart and provide plenty of water during dry periods. After 12 weeks of growth the heads can be blanched by placing a black plastic pot over the dry and loosely tied leaves, excluding all light. However, many of the Radicchio types will form good heads whose outer leaves will cause the heads to self blanch with out the need of additional material. 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 red type is Chicory 'Indigo'.
Common problems with Radicchio Types of Chicory
How to harvest Radicchio Types of Chicory
Forced 'chicons' are ready to be harvested when they are roughly 15cm in height.
How to propagate Radicchio Types of Chicory
You can propagate by seeds in the autumn or spring.
Special features of Radicchio Types of Chicory
Other uses of Radicchio Types of Chicory
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