Chicories are a big favourite in our household, and this is one of our favourites. It grows very well on our heavy clay soil in this North facing garden. Germination is always pretty much 100% with this (and indeed all Franchi seeds), and the seedlings grew well. We use the thinnings raw in salads, and keep a couple of plants in one row for leaf picking. The rest we grow on and they produce very big, tightly hearted plants that you can eat raw or cook. either way they taste excellent! They stand well into the Winter, and I grow a late sowing in the greenhouse when the tomatoes are done so that we have some leaves for salads.
R6 - 'Sugerloaf'. Upright green variety with long tight head. Used widely all over Italy. RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner.
Approximate seeds quantity:@6000
Sow: from June - August.
Partnership plant: Carrot, Bean, Fennel, Lettuce, Pepper,
What to sow after: Cauliflower, Cabbage, Cucumber, Bean,
Aubergine, Melon, Pepper, Pea, Tomato, Radish, Courgette.