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Radicchio Rossa Di Verona [Cichorium intybus var. foliosum]

Radicchio Rossa Di Verona [Cichorium intybus var. foliosum]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and crop quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times.
Even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €3.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7.50
Parcel up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €6.50
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

The Radicchio 'Rossa di Verona' is an old, biennial and traditional leafy vegetable from the city of the same name, Verona, in northern Italy. The leafy vegetable was primarily grown until 1985, when newer varieties were bred to withstand colder temperatures. Radicchio grows upright in rosettes and has deep red, heart-shaped leaves that curl around each other to form a narrow, round to highly oval head. The taste is pungent and slightly bitter, which decreases when heated. Small rosettes can be harvested early. Radicchio is only hardy to a limited extent; the rosette-forming species can stay in the bed over the winter and sprout again in spring and is then one of the first fresh leafy vegetables in the garden. A variety for winter cultivation in the subtropical climate zone and in the temperate climate zone with winter protection.

General information
Plant family: Asteraceae
Lifecycle: Biennial
Days until harvest: 70 days
Plant hight approx: 30 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Low
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until -4°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, moist, slightly loamy, humus

pH value: 6 to 7

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Light germinator
Sowing depth: 0 cm
Best germination temperature: 20-25°C
Germination time: 7-14 days
Plant-, row distance: 30x30 cm

Optimal mix culture: Fennel, Carrot, Tomato, Borage, Dill, Bean, Cucumber, Cabbage, Chives, Onion
Unfavorable mix culture: Endive, Potato

Subtropical climate (Mediterranean) (e.g. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly outdoors from March to May or in the fall from August to October. We recommend pre-cultivation in small bowls from January to May or in autumn from August to October.

Temperate climate (e.g. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly outdoors from the end of May. We recommend warm pre-cultivation in small bowls from April to June.

Does not tolerate cold temperatures below 15°C during germination. For a long harvest period, harvest 1/4 of the leaves from the outside in, being careful not to damage the heart to keep growth stable. We always recommend pre-cultivation for radicchio. To do this, let the seedlings grow in a small bowl until the first visible radicchio leaves appear, then prick out into the desired container. After pricking out, let the seedlings grow at warm temperatures above 20°C until they are planted out as seedlings. The seedlings are planted in the bed from the 2nd pair of leaves after the cotyledons.
Radicchio plants prefer a sunny location with moist, humus-rich and slightly loamy soil. Avoid waterlogging.

Extra tips
The typical red color of the leaves only occurs when exposed to cold. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and permeable soil, we recommend additional incorporation of biochar and primary rock powder.

Type of propagation
It spreads via seeds.

Plant care
We recommend winter protection at temperatures below -3°C. A loosened soil and planting in mixed culture is sufficient for lettuce.

Germination ability of seeds: 2-4 years

Other names
Latin botanical names: Cichorium intybus var. foliosum
English names: Italian chicory, Radicchio
German names: Radicchio
Portuguese names: Radicchio
Spanish names: Achicoria, Radicchio
French names: Radichi

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  • All seeds and seedlings for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination quality at regular intervals

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