Herb Chicory Seed – Edible Historic Herb Plant Heirloom Seeds Nutritious Forage
Herb Chicory is a fast growing tall late-season flowering perennial essential wild flower for providing nectar for mid to late-season pollinators. Grow as a flowering herb as part of an edible garden and removing spent flower-stems to limit self-seeding, can be grown in a large container.
Often found growing in meadows or roadside Chicory or Cichorium intybus competes well with other plants and grasses. Should be mowed or cut back to limit self seeding and makes a compact plant for the remainder of the season.
Seed raised from my own pollinator-friendly plants these towering wind blown stems are a welcome site thru Summer till late October.
Cichorium intybus grows up to 5ft+ tall when left undisturbed and as the plant mature height the number of flowering stems increase. This hardy european native herb or flowering perennial forms a network of thick roots that are gathered, dried and ground to use as an additive in coffee, and flavoring for stouts.
Young leaves are edible (some find these a bitter taste) and whilst the leaves are often used in salads, the roots have traditional been used as a healthy addition to coffee or as a blend with the ground coffee bean.
Thriving on poor soils and competing with other wild flowers, Chicory is happy on the prairie or at home in the cottage garden but will need to be managed and kept in check.
My photos show Chicory growing along rain ditches, amongst corn fields, orange daylilies and wild asters in NJ.
Popular with an array of pollinators, particularly bees are attracted the the sky blue hue these tough yet delicate flowers provide.
Easy to grow sow seed and inert mixer, direct where you would like them to flower, in Fall or Early Spring or start in small pots
COMMON NAMES: Chicory
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cichorium intybus
FEATURE: Edible leaves, often used as coffee replacement
SEED TYPE: Medium seed
FLOWER TIME: Summer
ZONE: 3 – 8
WIDTH: 2′ can form a large colony and should be kept from re-seeding
LIGHT: Full Sun
MOISTURE: Mesic to moist prairie, riverbanks, and ditches.
QUANTITY: 25 Seeds (may include some harmless fine seed chaff)
OTHER: A spectacular display in gardens and border chicory can also be grown in a meadow or prairie, Thriving on poor soils in full sun, on the prairie, or at home in the cottage garden, plant with bee balm, goldenrod, asters and bluestem grasses.
I recommend sowing these seeds, direct on a prepared seedbed or garden container, water well, and be patient, some seeds will germinate without cold treatment others will need winter temperatures to break dormancy.
1) Sow direct in a prepared seedbed in Fall or Early Spring
2) Sow garden seeds fall or Spring in small pots keep protected in a cold frame sheltered location outdoors
3) Under lights sow anytime but consider where you grow them until they can go outdoors
4) Starting seeds on a bright windowsill with in-direct sunshine can work well for germinating garden seeds in early spring.
I like to grow 1/2 of my seeds in pots this way you can break dormancy, simply by moving the pots around and most seeds germinate in batches, care must be taken when picking out to avoid disturbing emerging seedlings.
I like to grow in pots this way you can break dormancy, simply by moving the pots around and most seeds germinate in batches, care must be taken when picking out to avoid disturbing emerging seedlings.
Pot young plants on until large enough to plant out, this cottage garden plant mix prefers poor soil in full sun.
Alternatively use the following techniques to improve germination
MOIST STRATIFICATION will help seed germination~ to do so, place seeds in moist sand or peat in the refrigerator for about 6 weeks prior to planting. Keep the medium and seeds in a sealed ziplock baggie to hold in moisture. Remove them after the stratification period, and plant them in the seed mix or.
HOT WATER SCARIFYING may be tricky with these fine seeds can be used to speed up the germination process, simply drop the seeds into pre-boiled water that has chilled for 30 seconds allow them to soak for 24hrs before sowing.
Keep soil moist, not wet. At the end of the cold stratification, keep pots covered and place them in a warm, sunny location. Remove zip-lock bag as seedlings appear.
Easy to grow sow seed and inert mixer, direct where you would like them to flower, in Fall or Early Spring, or start in small pots on a window sill several weeks before the last frost in your area.
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