Chicory Early Season

Chicory varieties for the early season

The chicory witloof varieties and the red chicory variety Céralie for use in the early season are shown below. These varieties need a growth period of 130-150 days in the field. Moreover, after lifting, these varieties should be left to mature for a few weeks during the chicory root cold storage. In the forcing period, these varieties need a somewhat higher temperature (18-20°C) so that they can form a firm head. The forcing temperature for the red chicory variety Ceralie is somewhat lower than the witloof chicory varieties in the same period. By varying the sowing date, and so the harvest date of the roots, these early season varieties can cover approximately the first 3-4 months of the forcing-season.

Red Chicory Céralie

Red chicory Ceralie (H138) is a red chicory type. Its magnificent colour ensures that this variety is an early season eye-catcher. Céralie is an early variety, but because of its magnificent color there is often a desire to extend the forcing period. Under certain conditions (favorable root content, not too big caliber of the root, and good conservation of the roots), it is often possible, with annual influences reserved, to stretch this forcing period by a few months.

Magnificent colour

The red chicory Ceralie variety’s growth period is approximately 140 days. It can also be lifted very early, if sown early. For early liftings, three to four weeks of cooling are needed before setting. If sown later and the roots are left to develop slowly in the field at the end of the growing season, the red chicory roots can be stored somewhat longer. When storing for longer, make sure that the roots are cooled quickly and are stored below zero. This can enable the forcing period to be extended by a few months. The forcing temperature for this early season Céralie is somewhat lower than other chicory varieties in the same period. Avoid a musty climate and ensure that the forcing room has a sufficient supply of fresh air.

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  • Red Chicory CERALIE
  • Red Chicory CERALIE
  • Red Chicory CERALIE
Key figures for Céralie red chicory
Forcing periodvery early seasonearly season( beginning mid-season )
Sowing period *earlynormallate
Quantity of seed/ha250-280.000260-290.000270-300.000
Optimum number of plants/ha235-245.000240-250.000245-255.000
Growing days140145150
Cold storage period (roots)3-6 weeks2 weeks - 2 months2-3 months
Cold storage temperature (roots)0,0 °C.0,0 / -1 °C.-1 °C.

The above figures should be interpreted as trends and depend on regional growing and operating conditions.
* The minimum 24-hour temperature for sowing is 12 °C. Avoid night frost.

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Chicosem is part of the Chico-group. Chicosem supplies chicory witloof seeds to professional chicory growers around the world.

CONTACT DETAILS

    Julianastraat 4A
6065AM Montfort
   +31 (0) 475 549 004
   info@chicosem.nl
   Kvk: 14098765

PARTNERS