Chicory (Cichorium endivia)
Endive is also a common name for some types of chicory
The chicory is an annual plant, curly endivee (Cichorium endivia crispum) and escarole (Cichorium endivia latifolium)
It is also a hardy perennial for the common chicory (Cichorium intybus)
It is from the compositae family
ROTATIONIt is grown in the leaf vegetable bed.
CULTIVATIONSow in place during June for the curly endive and the escarole, June and August for the common chicory and May for the Belgium or Witloof endive.
NEIGHBOURING PLANTSChicory associates well with carotts, beans and marrows but not with cabbages.
DISEASES AND PARASITESPrincipaly rust.
ADVICEThe Belgium or Witloof variety must be "forced".
The vegetable is harvested, "topped" and planted in sand. It is then covered with black plastic until ready.