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Cold Tolerant

Cold Tolerant

Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies

Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies

Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.

For supplies, such as fertilizers and pest and disease controls, the OG symbol identifies products that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.

Salad Mix Component

Salad Mix Component

A mixture of lettuce and greens with different colors, flavors and textures, harvested at a tender, baby, bite-size stage. For fresh salads.

Garnet Stem
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Garnet StemOrganic Chicory Seed

3993G

Product ID: 3993G

Italian dandelion with red midribs.

Dark green leaves with red midribs and excellent flavor. As a babyleaf, Garnet Stem adds bright contrast to salad mix. Very similar to Red Rib, which it replaced. Good tolerance to both warm and cool weather. Fairly uniform but there is some variation with darkness of stem color, plant habit, and leaf shape. Organically grown. Avg. 18,800 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.

Product Price Qty
3993GPacket  $4.10 
3993G1 Ounce  $9.10 
3993G1/4 Pound  $19.50 
3993G1 Pound  $58.75 
3993G5 Pounds  $258.00 
3993G25 Pounds  $1,175.00 

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Days to Maturity or Bloom:   35 baby

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

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Growing Information

Chicory, Italian Dandelion

CULTURE: Italian dandelion is hardy and can be planted as early as the soil can be worked. It is a cool weather crop and grows best at temperatures of 60–65°F (15.5–18.3°C). Careful variety selection is important for hot weather plantings. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh Italian dandelion.
THERMAL DORMANCY: Italian dandelion seed can enter thermal dormancy when exposed to high temperatures above 77°F (25°C). Optimum germination results at soil temperatures of 60–68°F (15.5–20°C).
TRANSPLANTING: Sow in flats, 4 seeds/in., or in ¾" plug trays, barely covering seeds with fine vermiculite, 3–4 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Shade the flats on sunny, warm days if necessary to keep the soil surface cool, below 75°F (24°C), until germination. If sowing into flats, transplant 1–2" apart into flats, pots, or cell-type containers about 2 weeks later. Harden seedlings by reducing water and temperature for 2–3 days before planting outdoors. Properly hardened transplants can survive temperatures as low as 20°F (-6°C). For full-size bunches, space 6–8" apart and clip leaves at any stage but especially when young, less than 10" tall.
DIRECT SEEDING: Seeds will germinate from 41–85°F (5–29°C), but the highest germination percentage will occur around 75°F (24°C), depending on the variety and seed lot. Sow seeds 1" apart, rows 12–18" apart. Cover seed lightly, about 1/8", and firm soil gently. Thin to 6–8" apart as soon as seedlings are large enough to handle. Dry soil must be watered to ensure coolness and moisture, and for uniform germination.
SALAD MIX/BABY LEAF: Sow in a 2–4" wide band, about 60 seeds/ft. Harvest in 4–5 weeks.
HARVEST: Unharvested plants will eventually make a flower stalk with the characteristic blue chicory flowers. The flavor is bitter, with background sweetness. Pick at any stage of growth.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract 10–14 days if transplanting.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: For single heads: 1 oz./1,900', 1 lb./acre at 12 seeds/ft. in rows 18" apart. For baby leaf: Sow in 2–4" wide bands, 4 seeds/in., 20'/1M; 100'/5M; 285'/oz.; 4,600'/lb.
TRANSPLANTS: 500 plants/M (2 seeds per cell thinned to one seedling).
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ: 21,000–25,000 (Avg. 23,000).
PACKET: 200 seeds sows 14' full size, and 4' baby leaf.


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