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Witlof Hollandse Middelvroeg

Chicory 'Hollandse Middelvroeg'

Cichorium intybus

2050

Grow chicory 'Hollandse Middelvroeg' at a shallow depth in soil that is low in nitrogen to slow growth. This chicory variety is ideal for traditional cultivation, i.e. cover with soil to force.

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Chicory Holland Early has a delicious taste. The cultivation of chicory (both the root and forcing of the head of the crop) should occur on a poorly fertilized soil, thereby slowing the growing process. The seeds have to be sowed shallow. In the end of October/early November, the roots can be dug up. While digging up, cut the leafage at circa 3 cm above the root collar (can be done with a shovel as well). The forcing can take place in a hole outside, in a greenhouse or even in a cellar. Place the roots close to each other, standing upright or a little skew, with the heads just above the ground. Cover the roots with a layer of loose ground of about 15 cm. Once moderate frost is expected, cover the pit. In the end of the winter the loaf is big enough. Obviously, when loafs are on a warmer location they ripen faster.

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Content 1 packet (Dutch)    :   3 grams (for 30 m2)
Seed weight:    :   700 seeds per gram
Plant spacing    :   30x15 cm
Position    :   sun / semi-shade
Plant height    :   40-50 cm