French Endive or Witloof Chicory Seeds 1495

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French Endive or Witloof Chicory Seeds 1495 Heirloom Vegetable. Grown since at least the 1840's, this forcing variety will produce a dainty, delicate salad with a distinctive tangy flavour. Force roots in the winter to produce the "˜chicons' of culinary interest. C'est magnifique!

How to Grow

500 seed/gram. Sow seed in early spring. In autumn when the foliage dies back, lift the roots keeping only those that are at least 3 cm (1 1/2") in diameter at the top. Cut off the foliage leaving a 1 cm (1/2") stub then store the roots on their side packed with dry sand or peat moss in a cool, frost-free place. To force the roots, plant upright in pots filled with sand or soil-less peat mix. Lightly water. Keep the pot in a dark place at 10-15 C (50-60 F).

Additional information

WEIGHT N/A
DIMENSIONS N/A
PROPAGATION

Sow Direct

DAYS TO EMERGENCE

14

LIGHT

Full Sun

GROWTH HABIT

Sturdy

FROST TOLERANCE

Killed by Frost

DAYS TO HARVEST

95

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

Prior Experience Beneficial

HERITAGE

Heirloom

FAMILY NAME

Asteraceae

LATIN

Cichorium intybus

 

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