How to Save Chicory (Cichorum intybus) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2705
Family: Asteraceae
Binomial name: Cichorum intybus

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 500m
Population Required for Viable Seeds 5
Population Required to Maintain Variety 20-50
When to Harvest After flowering when no petals remain on the seed heads and they change colour from green to brown.
How to Harvest

Cut branches bearing seed heads and dry on a plate or in a container for 10-14 days. Collect any seeds that are released. Rub stems between hands or roll over stems with a rolling pin to release the seeds.

How to Clean

Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff.

Image of Seeds Chicory (Cichorum intybus)

Cross-pollinates with some varieties of endive (Cichorum intybus).

What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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