Radicchio 'Orchidea Rossa' - UK Mo Italian RangeCichorium intybusRed Chicory

Hardy Annual

What is Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

Delicious flavour and crisp texture eat raw or cooked

Succulent deep red leaves add colour to your dinner plate

Early cropping variety

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Height Up to 20cm (8in)
Spread Up to 30cm (12in)

Hardy Annual

kitchen garden

full sun

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Radicchio 'Orchidea Rossa’, also known as Red Orchid chicory, produces succulent rosettes of deep red leaves which are perfect for use in salads with a tangy dressing and also delicious when fried or filled and roasted. This versatile summer crop is reliable and easy to grow. Fairly hardy, it can be sown outdoors in spring and produces a good early crop. Continue to sow successively for later harvests, lasting into summer. Height: 20cm (8”). Spread: 30cm (12”).

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1 packet (6000 seeds) (36574)


Sow Radicchio seed indoors from April to May. Alternatively direct sow outdoors from late May to September into well prepared, fertile, free draining soil. Sow at a depth of 12mm (½”) and distance of 30cm (12”) between rows.

Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 12mm (½”) in trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost and cover with a layer of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 15-20C (59-68F) until germination which takes 4 -7 days. Once germinated, grow Radicchio plants on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and plants are large enough to be transplanted.

Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting outdoors in moist, rich, well drained soil in full sun. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.

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Water Radicchio regularly particularly during dry periods. Feed throughout the growing season with a high nitrogen feed. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. Harvest Radicchio as a cut and come again salad, or leave them to develop rounded heads for harvesting in late Summer and early Autumn. Late sowings can be overwintered under cloches or fleece.


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