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.

Chicory Darling

Chicory witloof Darling (OK-2725) is a new variety for early forcing. High quality and short pith comes together in this variety. Darling is resistent to Sulfonylurea-herbicides what offers major benefits for weed control. The nitrogen requirement in the cultivation of the roots is lower than normal.

High quality

The early season chicory witloof variety Darling is ideally suited to consumer packaging, and produces high-quality pointed, tight heads. In addition, Darling is a Mont Blanc type and has therefor an unparalleled short pith, and an excellent shelf life. The optimal forcing period (harvest of the heads) for Darling are the first three months of the season

  • witloof chicory DARLING
  • Witloof chicory DARLING
  • Witloof chicory DARLING

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Key figures for Darling witloof chicory
Forcing periodvery early seasonearly seasonbeginning mid-season
Sowing period *as early as possiblenormalnormal-late
Quantity of seed/ha270-300.000290-320.000290-320.000
Optimum number of plants/ha240-250.000250-260.000250-260.000
Growing days140145150
Cold storage period (roots)2-6 weeks2 weeks - 2 months2-3 months
Cold storage temperature (roots)0,0 °C.0.0 / -1.0 °C.-1.0 °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.

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

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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