Chicory Witloof Belgian Endive
A European delicacy now popular in America, this variety is well suited for home production. Sweet and Delicious, they are a welcome addition to any garden. Grow all season to produce sturdy roots. After tops die back in fall or winter, dig entire tap root and replant in moist soil deep enough to just cover the top of the root. Excellent raw or lightly cooked.
Sturdy roots are essential to produce top quality chicons. Use deeply dug fertile soil. The leaves form a loose head similar to lettuce and should be left on throughout the season. When replanting for winter, a black trash bag with holes punches in it makes a good container. Tie off bag and store at 65 to 70 degrees periodically checking for soil moisture and growth. Harvest chicons when 4 to 8 inches long by cutting off just above the roots. Leave roots in place for possible second crop.
Planting time - Early Spring
Matures in - 70 days
Germinates in - 6 to 10 days
Sowing depth - 1/4 inch
Row spacing - 2 feet
Seed spacing - 1 inch
Thinning - when plants are 2 inches tall, thin to 12 inches apart
Net weight 800 MG (Estimated 480 seeds)
Bulk Chicory seed available.
18,000 Seeds/oz. Plant 1/8oz per 100ft row.
10-16 oz of Chicory seed needed per acre, 4oz needed per acre if using transplants.