Plant Care Chickory

Chickory

About Chickory

Chicory is a binnial member of the Asteraceae family. It was introduced from Europe and has become naturalized over much of the US. It is weedy in fields, pastures and along roadsides and considered invasive in some states. Cichorium endivia is the salad green known as curly endive.

Taxonomy

Cichorium intybus
Cichorium
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

Chicory and Common chicory

How to care for Chickory

💦 Water

How often to water your Chickory

Water needs for Chickory
0.5 cups
every 9

Chickory needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chickory

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chickory in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chickory: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chickory love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chickory does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chickory in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chickory

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chickory: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chickory after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chickory is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Chickory →

Common Chickory Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Chickory prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chickory Water Frequency →

Chickory Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chickory requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chickory Light Requirements →

Chickory Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Chickory does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Chickory →


💩 Fertilizer

Chickory is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Chickory →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chickory grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Chickory →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chickory can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chickory Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Chickory can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chickory

Chickory

Chickory


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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