Chickory Can It Be Grown From Seed. - Knowledgebase Question

Pottstown, PA
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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
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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