Chicory (Cichorium Intybus) - 200 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9
Chicory seeds produce a perennial wild flower that is not only lovely but beneficial as well. Chicory plants grow easily from flower seed in sunny locations and in well-drained or moderately drained soils. Cichorium Intybus plants have clusters of 1 - 3 daisy-like flowers, in brilliant pastel blue, and they prefer medium to higher fertility levels and a pH of 5.5 or greater. Chicory produces leafy growth that is higher in nutritive and mineral content than is produced by alfalfa or cool season grasses. It is drought tolerant due to its taproot which goes down deep to provide ample water. Chicory forage provides both spring and summer grazing with average growth rates from April through October of 50 pounds per acre per day. Chicory is a relatively new forage crop in the United States but has been used in other countries for more than 300 years. With warm temperatures in the spring it produces large numbers of leaves from the crown. In late spring, often during the second year of establishment, a few flower stems begin to develop from the crown and will reach heights of 6 feet. Even though Chicory has a thick taproot, it can be exposed and damaged by overgrazing, excessive hoof traffic, and frost heaving.
Chicory is a mild liver decongestant and digestive and spleen tonic. As a bitter tonic, it is taken to increase the appetite and treat digestive difficulties. It is taken for gallstones, jaundice, and gravel and is used externally for inflammation. If taken during a cleansing program, as an aid to stimulate liver function, it is best to use the roasted root if you have a chronic weakened condition with symptoms of fatigue, loose bowels, or other digestive symptoms. The raw root is cooler and more bitter and can clear "excess heat" in the lower bowels and liver, associated with such symptoms as headaches and feelings of heat in the body, especially when a person is rather robust or of normal constitution.
Seeds can be started indoors five to six weeks before they are moved outdoors. In warm climates, sowing outdoors or transplanting occurs September through March. Planting chicory in cooler climates should be done three to four weeks before the danger of frost has passed. Plant the seeds 1/4" deep, 1-2" apart in rows that are 2-3' apart in well drained soil. Thin seedlings to 1 every 10-12". Thin seedling can be replanted elsewhere if desired. Chicory best when temps are below 75°.
USDA Zones: 3-9
Height: 48 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Average Germ Time: 7-21 days
Light Required: Full sun
Watering: Keep moist
Seeds per Plant: 1 seed every 2 inches
Plant Spacing: 10-12 inches
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