Vegetables Chicory Escarole Natacha

Natacha

Chicory Seed

Product ID: 2614

Best performing escarole.

Big, heavy heads with abundant, tender leaves, and creamy, blanched hearts. Mild, slightly bitter flavor. Remarkable tolerance to bolting, tipburn, and resistance to bottom rot, even in hot weather. One of the most attractive escaroles. Avg. 15,600 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.

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Packet

$3.95
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1,000 Seeds

$8.75
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5,000 Seeds

$25.10
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25,000 Seeds

$100.00
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50,000 Seeds

$183.00
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Additional Information

CULTURE: Escarole 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 endive and escarole.
THERMAL DORMANCY: Escarole 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). Spacing closely at 8–10" encourages these varieties' self-blanching characteristics.
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. Dry soil must be watered to ensure coolness and moisture, and for uniform germination. Thin the seedlings 8" apart as soon as they are large enough to handle.
SALAD MIX/BABY LEAF: Sow in a 2–4" wide band, about 60 seeds/ft. Cover seeds lightly, about ⅛". Firm soil gently, and keep surface moist until emergence in 35 days (or longer in cold weather). Harvest at 45 weeks.
HARVEST: Clip individual leaves or harvest whole head by cutting with a knife just above the root attachment. Cool quickly by dunking in cold water, drain, and refrigerate.
Blanching: Our varieties are nicely self blanching, but if a thorough white or cream blanch is desired use the French technique: about 3 days before harvest, rest a 46" cardboard disk, plate, or tie leaves up, to exclude light from center of plant.
DAYS TO MATURITY: Baby leaf maturities are from direct seeding. Other maturities listed are from transplant; add about 10 days if direct seeding.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1M/160', 5M/830', 25M/4,150', 175M/acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 18" apart. For baby leaf: Sow in 2–4" wide bands, 6 seeds/in., 1M/13'; 5M/65'; 250'/oz.; 4,000'/lb.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 500 plants/M (2 seeds per cell, thinned to one seedling).
SEED SPECS:
SEEDS/OZ.: Avg. 15,950.
PACKET: 200 seeds, sows 33' full size and 2½' for baby leaf.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Cichorium endivia
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
50 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Annual
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated