Growing chicory in pots

A lot of gardeners in United States and Canada see Chicory as weed growing wild, but it is still familiar to some many gardeners as a salad green or a coffee substitute. For many years this herb has been used by herbalists as a treatment for maladies ranging from upset stomach and jaundice to fever and gallstones. Continue reading to learn more.

Growing Chicory In Container

This plant is really appreciated for its brilliant, blue flowers in the garden, which may actually be more pink or white, depending on your soil pH level. This plant is easy to grow, although it has a long taproot like its cousin, the familiar yellow dandelion. If you actually use the roots to plant the chicory in the pot it will make the plant very easy to harvest. If you are growing the chicory for the leaves, you can easily locate the chicory in container conveniently just outside your kitchen door.

How to Care For Potted Chicory Plants

You can easily plant the chicory seed in spring or summer, and then harvest the plant about 3 months later. If you actually live in a warm climate you can plant the chicory in late summer and harvest in spring. You can also start with a small plant at a greenhouse or nursery that really specializes in herbs. Make sure you choose a container with a drainage hole in the bottom. You can also use a deep container if you plan to grow the chicory for the roots. Make sure you fill the container with a good quality, well-drained potting mix. Chicory is like most herbs, they don’t need much fertilizer, and too much of fertilizer can make the chicory plant weak and floppy. A little compost mixed into the soil at the planting time is generally sufficient. If the chicory plant looks like it needs a little help you can use a water-soluble fertilizer or a fish fertilizer diluted to half strength. The chicory plant needs at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If you actually live in a hot climate you can place the potted chicory plants in a location where afternoons are shady. You can harvest the chicory roots by pulling them straight up from the potting soil. The chicory leaves can be harvested by cutting them at the ground level when they’re tender, usually about six to eight inches long. If you wait too long the chicory leaves will be too bitter.

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