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Care of the plant Cichorium intybus or Common chicory.

Care of the plant Cichorium intybus or Common chicory

The genus Cichorium, family Asteraceae, and includes 10 species of herbaceous plants native to Asia, Europe and North Africa. Some species are: Cichorium intybus, Cichorium endivia, Cichorium alatum, Cichorium pumilum.

Common names: Common chicory, Blue dandelion, Radicchio, Succory, Witloof. This species is native to Europe.

They are perennial plants that reach 1 meter in height. They have leaves of two types: the lower leaves have sharp lobes and a peduncle, and the upper leaves have entire edges and do not have a peduncle. The flowers are blue.

They can be grown as a decorative plant in flower beds and in aromatic plant gardens. Its dried, roasted and ground roots are consumed as a substitute for coffee.

The Cichorium intybus needs full sun exposure and protected from frost.

They need calcareous soils to be able to be (add calcium carbonate if we do not have this type of soil).

Water moderately throughout the year; slightly increase watering in summer.

Fertilize with manure 2 months before sowing and add mineral fertilizer just before sowing.

They are resistant plants to diseases and common pests.

They propagate by sown seeds, in their final location, in spring.

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Cichorium intybus
Cichorium intybus
Cichorium intybus
Cichorium intybus
 

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