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Coffee Chicory (Cichorium intybus 'Polanowicka') - 500+ Seeds

Coffee Chicory (Cichorium intybus 'Polanowicka') - 500+ Seeds

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Versatile Biennial: Coffee Chicory, scientifically known as Cichorium intybus 'Polanowicka,' is a captivating biennial plant that reaches maturity within 75 to 120 days.
Global Roots: Originating in Europe and Western Asia, this blue-flowered herbaceous biennial found its way to the Americas in the late 19th century. It's cherished not only for its culinary potential, with young leaves suitable for salads, but also as a delightful coffee substitute.
Coffee Lover's Dream: The fleshy, hairy roots, when harvested in the fall, offer a remarkable caffeine-free coffee alternative. Roast and grind them for a warm, earthy beverage that comes remarkably close to the real deal.
Growth Habits: Cultivating Coffee Chicory is as straightforward as growing lettuce greens, making it an accessible choice for gardeners.
Sun and Soil Preferences: Thriving in full sun or partial shade, it thrives best in fertile, well-draining soil that promotes lush growth and robust roots.
Planting Instructions: Sow the seeds directly into loose soil at a depth of 1/4". Ensure the soil remains lightly moist until germination, typically occurring within 10-14 days. Space out shallow furrows at intervals of two feet.
Harvesting Schedule: Young leaves can be enjoyed approximately 60 days after planting, while the roots are prime for harvest in the fall, typically after about 120 days.
Harvesting Insights: Optimal root harvests should yield crowns around 5-7 inches wide and taproots approximately nine inches in length. Harvest them as you would carrots, then wash, cook, or roast them within a few days to savor their unique flavor.

Growing Characteristics:

Hardiness Zone: 4
Stratification: None required



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