Cichorium intybus (60 days) Open-pollinated. Savory Italian chicory often mistaken for a red dandelion. Nip off the deeply toothed red-veined leaves for a delectable treat. Ideal for braising, good in spicy mesclun, it imparts its mild dandelion flavor. Moderately tangy in cool weather, it can be somewhat bitter in summer’s heat. ②
3047 Italiko Rosso
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About 450-600 seeds/g.
Culture: Performs best in cool weather, spring or fall. Direct seed every 3 weeks, or start indoors 4 weeks before setting out, and space 1' apart for heads.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding.
All greens are open-pollinated except where noted.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.