Radicchio Never Formed Head - Knowledgebase Question

Marlboro, NJ
Question by BIGEL8
April 16, 1998
Last year we planted radicchio and it never formed a head. What variety should we plant from seeds this year in order to obtain the small red ball?


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Answer from NGA
April 16, 1998

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Radicchio is the name given to a number of red-leafed chicories grown for salads. 'Rossa de Verona', or 'Rouge de Verone', is the best known. It makes lettuce-like heads that color to a deep rosy red as the weather grows cold in autumn or winter.If your plants didn't form heads, it's possible they were planted in the wrong part of the season. This year, sow seeds in early summer so the plants will mature during the cold weather.

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