Chicory is a short term, broad-leafed perennial vegetable with an extensive taproot. Chicory resembles lettuce and the two are related, both members of the Daisy family. Lettuce has yellow flowers and the flowers of chicory are a lovely soft blue, but the flowers are rarely seen because these vegetables are grown for their leaves as salad. There are two main types of chicory, one which is grown for its root (Witloof), and the other which is grown for its head of leaves (Radicchio).

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Plant out in a warm, sunny position.

    Chicory requires deep, fertile soils.

    The chicory is moderately drought tolerant.

    Prolonged periods of drought will cause slow leaf development and plants will become much bitter in flavour.

    Regularly keep the soil moist for the best growth results. Soil moisture can be better maintained by applying mulch around the plant.

    Seedlings require protection from frosts. Plant out after the last frost free date for the growing area.

    To prevent seedlings from wilting, keep moist, shade them from sun, try to disturb roots as little as possible during planting.

    Chicory does not compete well with weeds, so weed control is extremely important.

    Most diseases can be controlled by rotating growing locations from year to year.

    Seeds need to be sown in late spring or early summer at around 15cm apart.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¾-1 cup (140-200g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 2.2kg/10m row

    Comments: Broadcast or as a band along rows, 7 days before planting and mix with 20cm of soil. Make a shallow drill in the soil, sow in seeds in depth of 1cm then water them in.


    Stage: Side Dress 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼ cup (50g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 750g/10m row

    Comments: Side dress applied 2-3 days after planting and again before hearting.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.