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Matures in 85 Days

This heirloom Italian red chicory thrives in cool temperatures and is best planted as a fall crop where summers are warm. The softball-sized heads have heart-shaped, wine-red leaves with prominent white veins. The bitter/spicy flavor mellows when grilled or braised.

SOWING…for spring harvest, start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date - to be planted outside 4 weeks before last expected frost. For fall harvest, plant seed directly in garden in late July. Lightly cover seed ¼ inch deep. Keep evenly moist.

THINNING…When seedlings are 3 inches tall, transplant outside or thin to 8 to 10 inches apart in all directions.

GERMINATION…10 to 14 days.

REMARKS…Some plants will form loose-leaved heads. Allow these plants to continue to grow and harvest leaves as needed. Deep red color develops after plants are touched by frost, which enhances flavor.
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