Growing Guide
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Cutting chicory

Vegetable (Cool Season) - Salad Greens, Vegetable (Warm Season) - Salad Greens

Also known as Italian dandelion, leaf chicory, spring chicory, rosette chicory
Cichorium intybus (Cutting chicory)
Compositae Family

This bitter Italian green grows quickly, with immature leaves ready to harvest in just 3 to 5 weeks. Prefers cool weather but will produce greens throughout the season.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers well-drained, rich soil, high in organic matter, pH 6.0 to 7.5 and consistent, plentiful moisture.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: annual

Biennial grown as an annual.

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 1 to 1.6 feet

Spread: 0.5 to 1 feet

Flower color: blue

If allowed to go to seed, produces flowers similar to the familiar “wild” chicory.

Foliage color: medium green

Some varieties have white midribs or are tinged with red.

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: cushion, mound or clump

Special Considerations
  • frost
Special characteristics:
  • not native to North America - Native to Eurasia and North Africa
Special uses:
  • edible landscaping
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed

Germination temperature: 45 F to 85 F

Days to emergence: 7 to 10

Seed can be saved 5 years.

Maintenance and care:
Direct seed or transplant anytime from early spring to 3 months before first fall frost. Space plants 6 to 8 inches apart.

Harvest individual leaves or cut whole plants. Cut back plants when flower stalks form. Plants will regrow.

For a milder flavor, blanch by covering plants with a bucket or flower pot.

Mulch plants heavily after frost to help overwinter. Remove mulch and cut back plants in spring.