In this guide, let’s discuss helpful tips on growing Chicory in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
Growing your own vegetables in your backyard or balcony to then put on your dinner table gives you a great sense of happiness and accomplishment.
When should you plant Chicory?
The best months to plant Chicory in Perth are Sep-Nov. You can plant using Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around 10-20 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 10-20c
Can Chicory grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Chicory in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Chicory indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Chicory get?
You will discover that Chicory thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Chicory isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
How often should you water Chicory?
Chicory really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
They prefer soil that is Well-drained.
When can you harvest?
Being a Annual vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Chicory crop is around All year. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Chicory in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Chicory in rows. You’ll need to allow around 20 centimetres between rows, and 25 – 30 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 20 cm
Space between seedlings: 25 – 30 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Chicory seeds for up to 2 years, and use them to grow more next season?
Eating vegetables makes me feel good.
Enjoy delicious Chicory in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Chicory in your own backyard.
Get your children involved. Not only is it educational learning where their food comes from, studies have shown that children are more likely to eat what they have helped grow.
I hope you enjoy the taste of your own hard work.