Chicory is a cool-season vegetable that should be planted in early spring.  To learn more about chicory, click here.

VARIETIES:  Witloof and radicchio are the most common varieties of chicory.  Both grow well in Utah climate and will provide a variety to salads and meals.

CULTIVATION:

Soil Preparation: Chicory grows best in well-drained soils rich in organic matter.   Incorporate fertilizer or well-composted organic matter to soil to gain the best results.  To learn more about soil preparation, click here. 

Planting:

  • Plant chicory seeds ¼ inch deep.
  • Place seeds or transplants 8-9 inches apart depending on the variety.
  • Seeds may be planted 3-4 weeks before the last frost.  Transplants should be planted shortly after the last frost-free date.  For more information on frost dates, click here.

Support:  If planting seeds before the last frost use fabric covers to protect the seedlings.

Irrigation: Water regularly; apply 1-2 inches of water per week.  Use organic mulch around the plants to keep conserve soil moisture.  To learn more about irrigation, click here.

Fertilization: Apply ¼ cup of nitrogen based fertilizer, four weeks after transplanting or thinning.  For more information on fertilization, click here. 

Harvest:  Depending on the variety of chicory planted will depend on the optimal harvest time, to learn about specific harvesting information, click here.

 

COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES:  Aphids, worms and loopers are common pests to watch out for.  Fungal root rots and viruses can also be damaging to chicory.  For more information on plant pests and diseases, click here