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Chicory Seeds - Palla Rossa

Botanical - Cichorium intybus

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V-CHC-03
 
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700 Seeds.

Other Names - Radicchio…

This vibrant variety of chicory produces a tight head of a deep red colour. The stunning red leaves with their prominent white veins can be added to autumn and winter salads or added to stir fries. Palla Rossa is not winter hardy and will need to be harvested before the first frosts arrive however the large heads can be stored for several months.

  • Produces a firm red head with attractive white veins.
  • Adds colour, crunch and flavour to the autumn salad bowl.
  • Can be stored for several months.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden

Sowing Months - June - July for hearts, early September for winter leaves

Harvest - September - December for hearts, November - April for leaves


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • The leaves of the Comfrey plant can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer ideal for giving chicory a nutrient boost especially if grown in containers.

Soil Preperation

Add some compost or well rotted manure to the soil a few months before sowing or planting. Remove weeds and add general purpose organic fertilizer to the bed 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 30 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 25 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants 30 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering Undercover Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 15 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 2 seeds per 4 cm module. Once germination starts reduce the heat and move to an area where good daylight is available, a windowsill or greenhouse. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per module. Keep the compost moist but do not overwater. 2 - 3 weeks later plant out. Harden off over a few days before planting out. Plant at the distance suggested above.

Direct Sowing

Sow 2 seeds per station 30 cm apart at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with soil and water well. When the seeds are large enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per station.


Growing On

Water well in dry weather. Weed often to remove competing plants. Remove any decaying leaves. By September the plants will be large and should be developing a heart.
Cloche September sowings in late autumn to overwinter.


Harvesting

Large chicory plants can only tolerate slight frosts and should be harvested by October or November depending on the temperature. Cut the heart with a sharp knife just above soil level. Remove any decaying leaves.
When storing Radicchio do not remove too may of the outer bitter leaves. These outer leaves will help to keep the heart moist during storage. Store in boxes in a cool shed or garage between 1 - 10 degrees centigrade. The hearts should be good to eat until Christmas.
Harvest the leaves of September sowings from November to April.

TIP

To help prevent rotting when conditions get damp, avoid growing plants too close to each other and ensure the area is well ventilated. Remove any rotting leaves.

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