Tres Fine Maraichere Olesh, Chicory Seeds

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Sun: Full Sun / Partial Shade
Packet: 1,000 Seeds
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Days To Maturity (# Days): 55
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Cichorium endivia

Tres Fine Maraichere Olesh, Chicory Seeds

The Tres Fine Maraichere Olesh is an old French heirloom frisée endive that is tres fine! This variety forms a heart of finely cut, frilly leaves that are mildly bitter, and deliciously crispy in gourmet salad mixes. Tie the heads closed one week before harvest to blanch the center to a creamy white color. Tres Fine Maraichere Olesh does best in spring or fall under cooler conditions.
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Key Attributes

Sun: Full Sun / Partial Shade
Packet: 1,000 Seeds
Days To Maturity (# Days)
Days To Maturity (# Days): 55
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Cichorium endivia

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Growing Instructions

    Learning Download: How to Grow Chicory

Chicory is a great addition to any salad, and varietals include the more commonly known endive and radicchio. The leafy vegetable offers a nutty flavor to salads. Chicory is a cool-weather plant, tolerating the occasional frost.

Before Planting: Chicory is hardy and can be planted when frost is still around in spring. It is a cool weather crop and grows best at temperatures of 55–65°F. Careful variety selection is important for hot weather plantings.

Planting: For direct seeding, seeds will germinate from 45–85°F with highest germination at 75°F, depending on the variety and seed lot. Sow seeds 1″ apart, rows 12–18″ apart. Cover seed lightly, about 1/8″, and tap soil down gently. Thin to 8″ apart. Keep soil uniformly moist during germination and early growing. For transplanting, sow 2-3 seeds in cells, barely covering seeds with fine vermiculite, 3-4 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Shade the flats on sunny, warm days if necessary to keep the soil surface cool, below 70°F, until germination. Harden seedlings by reducing water and temperature for 4-5 days before planting outdoors. Properly hardened transplants can survive temperatures as low as 20°F. Transplant 8″ apart in rows 18″ apart. Transplant shallowly so that the base of the plant will be slightly above the soil to discourage bottom rot. For salad mix/baby leaf, sow 3-4 seeds per inch. Cover seeds lightly, about 1/8″, tap soil down gently and keep surface moist until emergence (3-10 days). Harvest at 5-6 weeks.

Watering: Chicory requires attentive weeding and well-drained soil. Water 1-2 inches per week.

Fertilizer: To retain moisture, add mulch around the plants. Fertilize with a nitrogen-based fertilizer.

Days to Maturity: Chicory leaves are ready to harvest when they reach about 12 to 18 inches in height. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Pull the plant, roots included, from the soil gently and chop off the root, but keep the leaves. If you plan on forcing chicory to grow chicons, cut the leaves so 1 inch remains above soil and follow the forcing process.

Tips: Chicory does best in full sun in a soil with a pH of 5.5 or greater.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: 1M/220′, 5M/1,100′, 10M/2,200′, 131M/acre at 3 seeds every 8″ in rows 18″ apart.

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