Cichorium intybus Open Pollinated

  • Vegetable
  • Delicate flavour
  • Coffee substitute

Standard seed packet, 200 seeds

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'Witloof' seeds

Cichorium intybus

  • Vegetable
  • Delicate flavour
  • Coffee substitute

Perennial vegetable from the dandelion family, with leafy green foliage and a large tap root. Leaves can be cooked or eaten raw. Delicate flavour; slightly bitter and sweet. Roots can be dried and roasted as a coffee substitute or replanted and the new shoots blanched to produce witloof. Outer leaves are green, inner leaves are pale.

Also known as 'Chicory Root Plant' and 'Belgium Endive'.

Seeds per gram: 900
Product code: B4-09

Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct
Sowing Depth 5mm
Season Spring
Germination 4-7 days @ 15-18°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Hardy Perennial (usually grown as an annual)
Row Spacing 50cm
Plant Spacing 30cm
Position Full sun, moist soil
Days Until Maturity 150-170 days


Witloof needs to be grown in two stages to produce pale blanched heads. Step 1: Grow like usual chicory, cut off leaf growth and harvest root. Step 2: Re-plant root and grow in dark, either by covering or growing indoors. Alternatively Witloof can be grown like regular chicory, however it will have an open habit with green leaves.


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