• DELIVERY INFO: Seed potatoes & onion/shallot sets are now being shipped. Plug plants will be shipped from late April onwards. See FAQs for further info.

Chicory – Rossa di Treviso


An interesting plant to try in your kitchen garden

This is a fun little plant to grow, adding a deep red colour to your plot. Harvest the whole head or just use the outer leaves. Once fully grown you can usually leave it in the ground until you’re ready to harvest. It is easy to grow chicory using our organic plug plants, and the plants arrive with a full growing guide to get you started.

Number of plants: 10 plug plants

Variety: Rossa di Treviso (organic*)

In the kitchen: Chicory can be used in salads or cooked. Try blanching or braising it.


Delivery Info: Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.

Planting/Growing Advice: Plant plugs in spring/summer approx 15cm apart in planters, raised beds, pots, containers or grow bags.

When to harvest: Start cutting the salad leaves when the plants reach about 10cm high. Clip the leaves with scissors, and the plants will re-grow and can be trimmed several times.

*Transplants suitable for organic growing.

The right site

Chicory does well in sunny and shady spots. Light soil is best.

Can be grown in....

Raised beds are ideal

How far apart?

15cm apart.

Looking after your plants....

Chicory doesn’t need an awful lot of effort, just follow these simple steps and you should get a decent crop.


Water well when warm

Water plants well during hot weather. If you are growing them in pots they will benefit from a liquid feet every 2 weeks.


They don't like competition

Keep chicory plants well weeded for best results.


To whiten the leaves...

To make leaves whiter, tie a piece of string around the leaves and draw them together to prevent light from reaching inner leaves. Do this about 10 days before harvesting the leaves, much longer and the plants will begin to suffer.

Storage Tips

Pick leaves as you need them as chicory will not last long once harvested.

Ways to cook

Chicory is most often eaten raw in salads. It can be bitter though, so you can always steam or blanch it instead. Another nice thing to do is fill a leaf with a little blue cheese, some chopped walnuts and chopped apple as a canapé.

Do I need to sign for them?
All our vegetable plug plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plug plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plug plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.