Vegetables Chicory Italian Dandelion

(F1) Italian Dandelion Seed

Product ID: 2634

Tender and uniform Italian dandelion.

Clio is similar but superior to Catalogna Special. It is more upright and more uniform, and delivers a higher marketable yield. Better for multiple harvests than other varieties, as it is less prone to bolting during regrowth. Avg. 17,200 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.


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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cichorium intybus
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). 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). For baby-leaf production of Italian Dandelion see the Baby Leaf Chicory culture.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; for days to maturity from transplant date, subtract 10–14 days.
TRANSPLANTING: Sow in flats 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. 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, ideally less than 10" tall.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow seeds 1" apart in 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.
SUCCESSION PLANTING: Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply.
HARVEST: Pick at any stage of growth. Unharvested plants will eventually make a flower stalk with the characteristic blue chicory flowers. The flavor is bitter, with background sweetness.
AVG. SEEDING RATE: For single heads: 1 oz./1,900', 1 lb./acre at 12 seeds/ft. in rows 12-18" apart. 1M/20', 5M/100', 1 oz./285', 1 lb./4,600'.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 500 plants/1,000 seeds (2 seeds per cell, thinned to one seedling).
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ: Avg. 19,650.
PACKET: 200 seeds, sows 14' bunching.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Cichorium intybus

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

48 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


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.

Hybrid (F1)

Product Features

Cold Tolerant Cold Tolerant
Cold Tolerant

Cold Tolerant