Growing calendar
Sow outdoors May-Jul
Harvest Sep-Jan

How to grow

Sow seed 1cm deep in pots or rows 15-30cm apart. Thin or transplant seedlings to 15-20cm apart. Choose fertile soil and a sunny site.

Water in dry weather. Dig up Witloof chicory in autumn to produce forced pale coloured shoots (cut off the leaves, plant roots in wide pots, put in a cool dark place).

Harvesting and use

Cut hearts of compact leaves when firm (red and sugar loaf hearting), cut forced shoots of Witloof chicory in winter. Can pick seedling leaves all year.

Growing notes
Difficulty Easy
Germination time 7-14 days
Average time to harvest 20-30 weeks
Equipment needed Wide pots (eg 20cm)
Average plant size 15-20cm tall and wide
Family group to grow with Asteraceae: lettuce, salsify
Key nutritional content Vitamin C
Seed saving notes Biennial, needs isolation