Chickory Can It Be Grown From Seed. - Knowledgebase Question

Pottstown, PA
Question by mmartyny
July 20, 2000
I want to grow wild chickory (like you see growing along country roads). I have been unsuccessful transplanting the long growing tuber and would like to find seeds.
Can you tell me if it can be grown from seed and if so where I can buy the seeds?
Thanks for your help.


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Answer from NGA
July 20, 2000

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Cichorium intybus (Wild blue chickory) is very difficult to transplant precisely because of its tap root, but it is not difficult to grow from seed -- in some areas it is considered a pernicious weed because it is such a good seeder. Unfortunately, I am unable to find a retail seed source. You might try harvesting some seed from a wild plant and planting it at home. Its primary requirements are a sunny spot and an alkaline soil.

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